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The Best Snowblowers of 2019

12/12/2018 6:00:00 AM


By: Aaron Abler, Email Marketing & Content Specialist,

What makes a quality snow blower? Through thousands of testing hours and design verifications, Ariens® learned the best snowblowers have all steel construction, are easy to operate and are snowblowers made in the USA.

Since the first Sno-Thro® was manufactured in our Brillion, Wisconsin factory in 1960, we've been known throughout world as the King of Snow. It’s been 58 years, a test of time that's allowed us to not only build a reputation, but to also evaluate, learn and perfect so we can continue delivering the strongest, most innovative and best-performing snowblower for your driveway.

Types of snowblowers

You’ll see two types of snowblowers on the shelves of your power equipment dealer or national retail chain store, like Home Depot or Lowe’s, this winter. Those types are single-stage and two-stage snowblowers.

Best single stage snowblowers

The best performing single-stage snowblowers use paddles to ingest snow, scrape it off the clearing surface and throw it out the discharge chute in a single motion. There's no wheel drive, however, the rotation of the paddles pulls the machine forward into more snow while scraping the clearing surface clean. Single-stage snowblowers are both lightweight and very maneuverable. Simply push the handlebars down slightly to lift the front of the unit off the pavement, pivot the unit, lower and continue clearing.

Single-stage snowblowers are small in clearing height and width, which makes them ideal for clearing snow in regions that get lighter snowfall totals. However, single-stage snowblowers are still very useful for clearing narrow spaces or small areas in regions that get heavy snowfalls. The size and weight of a single-stage snowblower is practical for sidewalks, patios and decks.

Residential single stage snowblowers

Both homeowners and professional landscape contractors use single-stage snowblowers to clear snowfall. The 21-inch clearing width and the powerful 208cc engine in Ariens Path-Pro® make it the number one choice for residential users who want to clear snow quickly from their driveway, deck or sidewalk.

Commercial single stage snowblowers

The Ariens Professional 21 is a durable, commercial-grade single-stage option for professionals or homeowners who use their equipment more frequently. In fact, the Professional 21 is the only single-stage on the market designed specifically for contractors. Professionals work their machines hard, which is why Ariens equipped the Professional 21 with longer-lasting, high-wear paddles, built it with steel, made the engine area accessible for more frequent routine maintenance and designed the handlebars for easy, single-person loading and unloading onto a truck bed.

Advantages of a 2 stage snowblower

Two-stage snowblowers are very different than single-stage units due to their size, technology, features and application. A two-stage snowblower uses an auger and impeller combination to ingest snow and throw it out of the discharge chute. As the wheels drive the unit forward, snow gets collected in the housing, is chewed up by the augers and pushed into the impeller fan at the rear of the housing. The impeller then hurls the snow out of the discharge chute to distances of up to 50 feet.

A two-stage snow thrower is a great option for fast clearing in regions that experience snowfalls of just a few inches to areas that lie in the crosshairs of epic Lake-Effect snowfalls. Additionally, two-stage snowblowers have an economic advantage. They’re less expensive than purchasing a truck plow or hiring a landscape service, and their user-interface makes them easy for anyone to operate.

Top performing 2 stage snowblowers

The performance of dependable two stage snowblowers relies on several variables, such as the quality of the materials and the workforce that builds them. For example, all Ariens Sno-Thro models are manufactured using quality, all-steel construction that's cut and fabricated by American workers. Unlike other brands, Ariens builds its two-stage Sno-Thro models with a cast-iron auger gearcase made from a top-filled design, which is less prone to leaking oil and helps ensure our gearcases last far beyond their 5-year warranty.

When exploring snowblower brands, familiarize yourself with how their functionalities differ. Technological and user experience features are important characteristics that can separate one brand from another. The ability to control snow discharge height and direction or change drive speed with easy-to-use, accessible in-dash levers are valued features, which is why they’re included in the best two stage snowblowers.

The Ariens Deluxe family of snowblowers is the best-selling series of the best-selling snowblower brand because of its balance of features, options, capability and user interface. Choose between housing widths of 24, 28 or 30 inches and enjoy innovative Auto-Turn™ steering that helps operators maneuver more easily when clearing. Combined with 16-inch directional tires, a 254cc or 306cc engine, a 14-inch impeller fan and a low starting price, the Deluxe series is the best value snowblower this season.

Smaller 2 stage snowblowers

Don’t confuse small with less. The Ariens Compact series Sno-Thro models are just as durable and include most of the features as the Deluxe series, such as all-steel construction, serrated steel augers, a standard in-dash halogen headlamp and accessible discharge chute and ground speed controls in the dash panel.

Compact series models have everything and more needed to clear a snowstorm. These units are equipped with a powerful 223cc engine, have an auger diameter of 11 inches and have options for clearing widths of 20 or 24 inches. Directional, 15-inch tires offer solid stability, but a track-driven configuration for superior handling is also available.

Snowblowers with the most features

The Ariens Platinum series is a step-up from the Deluxe. There's a lot that similar, but the differentiation is in the enhancements. Incorporating patented Quick-Turn chute control allows users to effortlessly change discharge chute direction with a short pull and left or right movement of the lever. It's a superior user experience, especially when paired with the comfort of heated hand grips.

The Platinum's muscle is also an enhancement. All models are designated as SHO, or super high output, thanks to their 369cc engines, or the 414cc engine on the Platinum 30 model. New for 2019, the Platinum comes available with Ariens patented RapidTrak, the most innovative track-driven snowblower technology on the market.

Best track snowblowers

Track snowblowers offer superior clearing stability, however there's still a lot to be desired from other brands' designs in terms of speed and maneuverability, which is why the engineers at Ariens developed a solution. RapidTrak is a revolutionary track-drive system that combines the superior handling with the speed and maneuverability of a wheel-driven model in one unit.

Squeeze the trigger under the handlebar to change the pitch of the housing to one of three modes. Digger mode pitches the housing down to clear packed snow, track mode keeps the housing level with the tracks for maximum grip, and wheel mode lifts the tracks up for clearing with easy maneuverability in areas that don’t require high traction.

Professional 2 stage snowblowers

The beasts of the Ariens snow lineup are designed to reroute blizzards and put Mother Nature in her place. With 420cc engines and an auger diameter of 16 inches on all models in the Ariens Professional series lineup, these units move anywhere from 79 tons to 102 tons per hour, depending on your choice of a 28, 32 or 36-inch housing. It’s a lot of snow, but nothing you can't chew through when piloting the machine with its large, robust handlebars. RapidTrak technology is also available in two of the models in this lineup.

All models are available with Quick-Turn chute control, and some Professional models are available with hydrostatic drive for changing ground drive speed without the need to stop and shift.

The most efficient snowblowers

Smarter engines sip fuel, and that's why EFI, or electronic fuel injection, is the best choice for fluctuating fuel prices. Ariens was the first and remains the only brand to offer an EFI option in its snowblower lineup. Benefits of EFI don't stop at efficiency, either. The technology behind EFI makes it easier to start the engine, keeps the engine performance consistent through various snow depths, and because of its sealed fuel system, is less prone to fuel-related maintenance issues.

Electronic fuel injection options are available on certain Deluxe, Platinum and Professional-series models.

Choosing a 2 stage snowblower

There's endless options when buying a new snowblower. As you may know, there’s different brands to choose from, but how do you know which one is right? Perhaps the most indicative measurement of selecting the best snowblower by brand can be found by looking at buying trends. As mentioned earlier, Ariens has been known as the King of Snow, not just because we think so, but because we’re the best selling snowblower brand in the world.

Our lineup is designed to be extensive because Ariens offers an option for a variety of needs. For help selecting the right snowblower for you, try using our snow blower selector tool.

Ariens® celebrates its 4 millionth Sno-Thro®

10/10/2018 5:00:00 AM


By: Aaron Abler,

Quantity is a result of our quality

In 1960, Ariens® was asked by a distributor in the Northeast to develop a product that could make easy work of clearing snow for the people living in the crosshairs of New England'​s infamous nor'easters. The solution was the revolutionary Ariens Sno-Thro®.

In the 58 years since, the popularity of our snow thrower has expanded far beyond the Northeast region of the U.S. and into all corners of the globe. Like all Ariens-branded products, innovation in engineering, incorporation of user experience studies and quality manufacturing practices thrust the machine into the market's top spot as the dominant performer; the ​King of Snow®.

Our tradition of excellence has allowed us to continue the lineage of the iconic Sno-Thro, and in big numbers. Our journey to the 1 millionth Sno-Thro, which took 27 years, was a big enough statement. Now, 31 years after that first milestone, we achieved our 4 millionth Sno-Thro.

On Monday, Oct. 1, AriensCo hosted a celebration to commemorate the accomplishment at the b​irthplace and world center of the Sno-Thro, our corporate headquarters in Brillion, Wisconsin. A space that normally serves as a staging area for engines and other production materials was converted into a stage for the presentation and an audience gallery for employees, guests and elected officials.​

Governor Scott Walker and Ariens President Dan Ariens celebrate 4 millionth Sno-Thro 

Governor Scott Walker and Ariens President Dan Ariens celebrate 4 millionth Sno-Thro

Backdropped with orange-lit Sno-Thro crates and two large digital display screens, AriensCo Chairman and CEO, Dan Ariens, with help from Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, presented the 4 millionth Sno-Thro. As Ariens explained, the graphics of the commemorative showpiece is a nod to our hometown.

"What you see on there is a map overlaid on top of the black matte paint. It's a topographical detail of the area we're standing in, including the longitude and latitude of Brillion, Wisconsin," said Dan Ariens.

Ariens 4 millionth Sno-Thro 

After both hosts completed their closing remarks, Walker presented Ariens with a decree issued from the State of Wisconsin that proclaimed Oct. 1, 2018 as Ariens Sno-Thro Machine Day. In return, Dan Ariens gave the governor a cast trophy in the likeness of the 4 millionth Sno-Thro, featuring the new, patented RapidTrak™ design.

Governor Scott Walker and Ariens President Dan Ariens celebrate 4 millionth Sno-Thro 

Ariens employees celebrating 4 millionth Sno-Thro event 

When the ceremony was complete, Governor Walker was escorted to the assembly line to help start our journey to the 5 millionth Ariens Sno-Thro. With help from manufacturing leaders, Walker participated in the final steps of the Sno-Thro assembly procedure, including the application of a decal AriensCo is especially proud of.

"Now the most important part—made right here in the USA," said Walker as he peeled the decal from the reel and applied it onto the Sno-Thro housing.

Governor Scott Walker and Ariens President Dan Ariens working towards 5 millionth Sno-Thro 

To watch the event, log on to the Ariens Facebook channel and look for the video of our live broadcast of the celebration.

Mulching Grass is an Effective Fertilizer

9/28/2018 5:00:00 AM

Use your own grass for a healthier looking lawn

Did you know you can fertilize your lawn using its own grass clippings? A mulch kit enhances curb appeal by returning your lawn’s nutrients to the soil for a full, lush lawn.

What's a mulching kit?

Mulching kits are systems of blades and baffles that promote a swirling airflow under a lawn mower deck. The baffle blocks the discharge chute, trapping grass clippings, while specially shaped blades cut and recut the clippings. This results in very fine grass mulch that falls to the soil where it decomposes and feeds your lawn.

 

Mulching promotes grass growth

As grass mulch decomposes, this "lawn food" returns primary nutrients like nitrogen and water to the soil as fertilizer. Mulching grass also provides other benefits:

  • Retains soil moisture
  • Loosens hard soils and promotes oxygenation to grass roots

Mulching saves time and money

Though bagging clippings results in a clean, fresh look and is advantageous in certain applications, it takes more time. Bagging collection systems need to be emptied, and depending where you live, the grass clippings may need to be transported to a dump site.

Discharged grass clippings will need to be raked, and that’s time wasted. Not just immediately after you mow, but later in the season when you'll have to dethatch that layer of dead grass from the soil bed.

Applying store-bought fertilizer? It's a good solution for a nice lawn, but it costs money. Remember, mulch is organic fertilizer, so there's no need to visit a store or spend extra money.

The best way to mulch

To yield the best results from mulching:

  • Cut grass before it gets too long
  • Cut grass when it's dry (this will help avoid clumping)
  • Mow regularly
  • Don't collect leaves before cutting

Mulch from fallen leaves is very nutritious. Sugar maple leaves have even been shown to inhibit growth of leafy weeds, like dandelions.

Installing a mulch kit

Mulch kits are easy to install and can remain in place all season long. Unless it’s the weedy season, it's recommended to mulch each cutting for a lush, healthy lawn.

Mulch kits for all Ariens Zoom, Ikon X, Ikon XL and Apex zero-turn mowers can be purchased through a dealer or at the Ariens online parts store. Easy-to-follow instructions will guide the installation at home, or, if preferred, with help from your nearest Ariens dealer.

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