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  • When it packs in and piles up, elevate your game to Platinum status. Loaded with convenient features, unquestionable power and unmatched performance, this snowblower proves you’re the boss of the blizzard boardroom. If we made throwing snow any easier, we would personally be throwing it for you. Ideal for clearing up to 16 inches of snowfall.​

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Series
  • Platinum 24 SHO EFI

    Platinum 24 SHO EFI

    Model: 921053

    ​Engine: Ariens AX 369cc EFI
    Throws Snow 55 ft
    Housing: 24"w, 21"h
    Super High Output Impeller

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  • Platinum 24 SHO

    Platinum 24 SHO

    Model: 921050

    Engine: Ariens AX 369cc Gen 3
    Throws Snow 55 ft 
    Housing: 24​"w, 21" h
    Super High Output Impeller

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  • Platinum Track 28 SHO

    Platinum Track 28 SHO

    Model: 921052

    ​​​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 369cc
    Throws Snow​ 55 ft
    Housing: 28"w, 21" h
    Super High Output Impeller
    Tires: 5.5" Track​

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  • Platinum 30 SHO

    Platinum 30 SHO

    Model: 921051

    ​​​​​Engine: Ariens AX 414cc Gen 3
    Throws Snow 55 ft
    Housing: 30​"w, 21" h
    Super High Output Impeller

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Features
  • Housing (21") / Auger Diameter (14")

    Housing (21") / Auger Diameter (14")

    With all-steel construction and a large, powerful auger, this thing doesn't just grab snow. It inhales it, and stays hungry for more.

  • Ariens AX Engine

    Ariens AX Engine

    The low profile design and quiet operation are great. For at least three years, we guarantee you don't have to worry about this engine starting up.

  • Heated Handwarmers

    Heated Handwarmers

    Give us a nice, toasty high-five for this idea. Dash-controlled, heated handwarmers keep your mitts cozy and comfortable.

  • Quick Turn Chute

    Quick Turn Chute

    The Ariens quick turn chute gives you 200 degree directional control, straight from the dashboard.

  • SHO Impeller

    SHO Impeller

    SHO stands for Super High Output. Which means when this 14", 3-blade, high-speed monster throws, it delivers a knockout punch.

  • Auto-Turn Steering Technology

    Auto-Turn Steering Technology

    Auto-Turn Steering Technology allows you to clear a path with the ease of sports car handling. Because you should be in control of the machine.

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Accessories
  • Steel Skid Shoe Kit

    Steel Skid Shoe Kit

    ​Steel replacement skid shoes resist wear to your blower housing and prolong the life of your Ariens Sno-Thro.

    Part Number: 72101100
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Sno-Thro Cab

    Sno-Thro Cab

    This spacious, rugged steel frame Sno-Thro Cab protects against heavy snow, wind and snow blow back. *Additional hardware included for installation on Professional Sno-Thro and Power Brush models with commercial handlebar*​

    Part Number: 72102600
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Small Sno-Thro Cover

    Small Sno-Thro Cover

    Perfect for in-between snow or off-season storage, the Ariens Sno-Thro®​ Cover is water repellent and tear-resistant for long-lasting protection.  For use on all 921 and 920 series Ariens Sno-Thro models with housings 26" or smaller.

    Part Number: 72601400
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050

  • 30" x 36" Floor Mat

    30" x 36" Floor Mat

    Ariens heavy-duty 30" x 36" floor mat collects water from melting snow while providing a protective layer between the Sno-Thro and floor surface during storage.  Use for Ariens Sno-Thro models with housing widths of up to 28".

    Part Number: 70707600
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052

  • 10lb Front Weight Kit

    10lb Front Weight Kit

    Add 10 lbs. to the front of your Sno-Thro to equalize weight distribution and hold the scraper blade closer to the ground.  For use on all two-stage Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72406500
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Non-Abrasive Skid Shoes Kit

    Non-Abrasive Skid Shoes Kit

    Ariens offers polyethylene replacement skid shoes to prolong Sno-Thro life.  For use on all two-stage Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72600300
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Retractable Drift Cutter Kit

    Retractable Drift Cutter Kit

    Easily cut through packed snow and drifts no matter how high or compact.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Ariens Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72406900
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Sno-Thro Tire Chains - 16"x8"

    Sno-Thro Tire Chains - 16"x8"

    Featuring superior two-link spaced cross chains, Ariens Sno-Thro tire chains provide added traction on hills, ice, and hard-packed snow.  For use on Ariens Sno-Thro models with 16" tires.

    Part Number: 72601800
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921051

  • Electric Starter Cord

    Electric Starter Cord

    ​Rugged and durable, this Electric Starter Cord is OEM recommended for Sno-Thro® ​engines equipped with 120V starters.

    Part Number: 02483100
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Ariens® 32 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    Ariens® 32 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    ​Get ultimate engine protection under all conditions -even the harshest. Specifically designed for air-cooled engines in cold climates.

    Part Number: 00067600
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Ariens® 16 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    Ariens® 16 oz. 5W30 4-Cycle Engine Oil

    Get ultimate engine protection under all conditions - even the harshest. Specifically designed for air-cooled engines in cold climates.​

    Part Number: 00091000
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Ariens® Orange Touch-Up Paint

    Ariens® Orange Touch-Up Paint

    ​Touch up small nicks and scratches on your Sno-Thro®. Formulated specifically for Ariens® so it's the perfect color match.

    Part Number: 00009500
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Ariens® Orange Spray Paint

    Ariens® Orange Spray Paint

    ​Get your Ariens® looking like brand new conveniently and easily. Made specifically for Ariens®, so it's the exact Ariens® orange.

    Part Number: 00008500
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Ariens® 4 oz. Bottle Ethanol Fuel Stabilizer

    Ariens® 4 oz. Bottle Ethanol Fuel Stabilizer

    ​Multi-functional fuel stabilizer proven to reduce ethanol-related problems while stabilizing fuel up to 3 years. Protects all internal engine components from corrosion/varnish due to ethanol blended fuels.

    Part Number: 04730400
    Fits Current Models: 921053, 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Sno-Thro Maintenance Kit

    Sno-Thro Maintenance Kit

    Keep your Ariens powering through winter with routine maintenance. Includes Oil, Sno-Jet, Shear Bolts and Fuel Stabilizer.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Sno-Thro models.

    Part Number: 72101300
    Fits Current Models: 921050, 921052, 921051

  • L-3 8 oz. Gear Lube

    L-3 8 oz. Gear Lube

    ​This L-3 Synthetic severe-duty gear lube is formulated for heavy load gear protection and fortified for extreme pressure. Use it to lubricate aluminum and cast iron gear cases.

    Part Number: 00068800
    Fits Current Models: 921050, 921052, 921051

  • Large Sno-Thro Cover

    Large Sno-Thro Cover

    Perfect for in-between snow or off-season storage, the Ariens Sno-Thro®​ Cover is water repellent and tear-resistant for long-lasting protection.  For use on all 921 and 926 series Ariens Sno-Thro models with housings 26" and larger.

    Part Number: 72601500
    Fits Current Models: 921052, 921051

  • 36" x 36" Floor Mat

    36" x 36" Floor Mat

    Ariens Heavy Duty 36" x 36" Floor Mat collects water from melting snow while providing a protective layer between the Sno-Thro and floor surface during storage.  Use for Ariens Sno-Thro models with housing widths of up to 36".

    Part Number: 70706700
    Fits Current Models: 921051

Reviews

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1.7

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1.0

Very Disappointed -- Blower Won't Start (experienced user)

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from Westfield, NJ

About Me Do-It-Yourself

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Pros

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    • Will Not Start

    Best Uses

    • As a Paper Weight

    Machine won't start. What a waste of money! Now I'm stuck with piles of snow to deal with. Very disappointing after paying so much money!

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      2.0

      i have never been so mad about a snow blower before!

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      from green bay wi.

      About Me Handyman

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Throws Far

      Cons

      • Difficult to Start
      • the one handle control for the shoot sucks!

      Best Uses

      • Driveway

      this unit is very hard to start. if it didn't have a electric start i would never get it started. it keeps stalling at the end of the driveway and then i have to push it back up to the house to plug it in to use the starter to get it running again. the one handle controller for the shoot is always hard to get to work never stays where i want it to put the snow and if i would like it to go 90 degrees to my left or right i need to stop everything grab the shoot pull it to where i want it and wiggle it back and forth to make sure it locks in. i cant get the handle to turn the shoot more than 70 to maybe 80 degrees from straight foreword! if i ever buy another ariens snowblower i will never get this over priced model again!

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        2.0

        Platinum ST24DLE

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        from Minnesota

        About Me Handyman

        Pros

        • Throws Far

        Cons

        • Can't Handle Wet Snow
        • Difficult to Start
        • unreliable

        Best Uses

          This machine has been in dealership 4 different times since I bough it in February 2014. The dealership says the issue is fuel related and I say it is not fuel related when I bought a new gas can and used fresh fuel the second time I filled the tank up. The first time I used what fuel came in it from the dealer and it stalled at the end of my driveway and I could not get it started. If there is a fuel issue why isn't my other small engines having the same issue in regards to fuel when I use the same fuel from the same can in all my other small engines like mowers and weed whip? I think this machine and the R&D done on the engine is not correct. Today with all the ethanol fuels being used Ariens should have figure a way to use the different ethanol fuels as all the other manufactures have.

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            AriensPlatinum 24 SHO
             
            4.6

            (based on 406 reviews)

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            94%

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            Pros

            • Throws far (107)
            • Maneuverable (94)
            • Clears to the pavement (92)
            • Lightweight (44)
            • Good power output (4)

            Cons

            • Fuel guzzler/smelly (15)
            • Difficult to start (7)
            • Can't handle wet snow (5)

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            • Driveway (111)
            • Outdoors (37)
            • Professional (16)
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            Most Liked Positive Review

             

            Really throws the snow exactly where you want it to go,...

            I have used the snow thrower one year. The machine is awesome, but I did have a belt problem. The front belt was not aligned perfectly when I engaged the augur drive, I...Read complete review

            I have used the snow thrower one year. The machine is awesome, but I did have a belt problem. The front belt was not aligned perfectly when I engaged the augur drive, I noticed the engine outside the belt cover was black. Upon removing the cover the front belt was almost completely destroyed in my first use. As I had just purchased the machine I took it back to the dealer and the belt was replaced and adjusted. Still not perfect, because the auger still turns even after disengaging the right controls. I hope there is a maintenance fix or recall for this so the belt alignment can be perfect like the rest of the snow thrower. The Auto Turn is a must have, the ability to turn with like effort even in 10+ inches of snow is irreplaceable. The hand warmers are nice to have when outside long. The Quick turn chute is flawless and the name speaks to how easy it is to use.
            Fixing the front belt alignment will make this snow thrower hands down the best overall.

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            Most Liked Negative Review

             

            This product is a huge disappointment

            I purchased the Ariens 24 inch Platinum in April 2014. Since the North East has been getting heavy snow falls over the past several years, I felt it was time to retire my 10...Read complete review

            I purchased the Ariens 24 inch Platinum in April 2014. Since the North East has been getting heavy snow falls over the past several years, I felt it was time to retire my 10 year old 22 inch Craftsman snow blower and buy something more suitable. After some research, I liked the advertising that the Ariens products offered. Even before I received the machine I was having trouble. First, the snow blower was delivered damaged and the gas tank had to replaced. Since there was no snow in April, I stored the machine until November 2014. I took it out of storage but it would not start. I had to have it serviced, at my cost when the tech could not start it , and it had not even been used once. Then, January 26, 2015, a major storm. 20" +. Anxious to use the machine, it started on the first pull, ran for five minutes and died. I paid over $1500.00 for the machine and accessories and its back in the shop being serviced (probably at my cost again) after the tech could not start it on site. Based on my experience, I would have to say this product is unreliable.

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            5.0

            I Love Ariens

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            from Plymouth, MA

            About Me Do-It-Yourself

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clears to the Pavement
            • Lightweight
            • Love the power, hand warmers, and electric start
            • Maneuverable
            • Throws Far

            Cons

            • 6 spd pops front end up - needs accessory weight

            Best Uses

            • Driveway
            • Yard

            Comments about Ariens Platinum 24 SHO:

            I bought this machine to replace my 42 year old Ariens. The advancement to this new machine is incredible.
            So much more power and easy to use. Just cleared 18" of snow from my 100 foot driveway. This machine ate the snow for lunch and didn't blink an eye. The only con I had was with all that engine power 6th gear pops the front end up which would require the accessory weight for the front end. But you still have 5 other speeds which is more than enough.

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              5.0

              Beast

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              from Chelsea Maine

              About Me Do-It-Yourself

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              Pros

              • Clears to the Pavement
              • Lightweight
              • Maneuverable
              • Throws Far

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                Best Uses

                • Driveway
                • Yard

                Comments about Ariens Platinum 24 SHO:

                This machine is a snow eating beast!! It seems to say "oh yeah, bring it on". Used it 3 times so far, throws way further than my Cub Cadet 528 ever did. Reverse gears offer good speed selection. Love the hand warmers, I'm 70 years old and hands get pretty cold, but these warmers work so well that I actually have to turn them off after awhile. Auto turn takes a little getting used to but works well. Would highly recommend this machine!

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                  4.0

                  Lovely blower - works great... but question LCT engine...

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                  from Mount Pearl, NL, Canada

                  About Me Do-It-Yourself

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                  Pros

                  • Clears to the Pavement
                  • Maneuverable
                  • Throws Far

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Start

                  Best Uses

                  • Driveway

                  Comments about Ariens Platinum 24 SHO:

                  This blower is my second Ariens, and love the blower. It works very well and I am now in Season #2 for the machine.

                  Both last year and this year, my first start of the season was hard to do... and over the winter, if extended time between use, the blow is hard to start. I know how to prime, and I know it can very, very easily flood the engine... this is a bit of what I think the issue is. 1 or 2 extra prime above the "ideal" and the engine will not start easily at all with the pull cord... if the engine is used regularly, I can only assume the fuel line is full and the fuel will flow well to start... but after an extended period this does not appear to be the case. Starting with the power starter was my only option a couple of days ago... after pulling 30 or 40 times I had to stop. My second use of the machine, cold and in cold temp, was a single pull after 2 pushes primer.

                  In past, even a slightly flooded machine would kick over and sputter (older Tecumseh Snow King engine)... but at least you knew it was working... the current engine design, it appears, does not work. I was at the point of blaming my service department for giving me a dead spark plug before it finally rolled over and started!

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                    5.0

                    Great snow blower! Review is based on actual use!

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                    from Frankfort, IL

                    About Me Do-It-Yourself

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Maneuverable
                    • Throws Far

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Driveway

                      Comments about Ariens Platinum 24 SHO:

                      I did A LOT of research on snow blowers. Like a lot of prospective buyers, I was hesitant to purchase the Ariens with the AutoTurn feature due to some negative reviews. My driveway is concrete and has some raised/uneven areas. My concern was that the Autoturn may wander when hitting these areas. Well I ended up ordering my 2016 Platinum 24 SHO 921050 from my local Ariens dealer (Russo Equipment Frankfort, IL) and I'm really happy with my purchase. Last week we received 6 and a half inches of wet heavy snow so I had the chance to use it. All I can say is WOW! The snow blower handled the snow extremely well. The Autoturn feature worked flawlessly and the large engine threw the snow a great distance. I've read Ariens made a change in the axle location moving it closer to the front. Not sure if that fixed any previous issue with the Autoturn feature but I do know mine worked great. I did buy a new gas can and treated my fuel with stabilizer for use with this snowblower. If you are on the fence with the Ariens and another manufacturer go for the Ariens! PLEASE DON'T REVIEW A SNOWBLOWER ONLINE WITH 5 STARS IF YOU HAVEN'T USED IT IN SNOW!

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                        5.0

                        Best snowblower ever!

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                        from Northern WI Snowbelt

                        About Me Handyman

                        Pros

                        • Maneuverable
                        • Throws Far

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                          • Driveway

                          Comments about Ariens Platinum 24 SHO:

                          Outstanding snowblower. Has plenty of power, throws snow way further than cheaper snow blowers, auto turn works great no more levers to mess with. A little loud but that's why it's got so much power, much larger engine on a 24" blower than the competition which equates to great wet heavy snow performance.

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                            AriensPlatinum Track 28 SHO
                             
                            3.0

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                            3.0

                            Average type unit

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                            from Canada

                            About Me Handyman

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                            Pros

                            • Clears to the Pavement
                            • Maneuverable
                            • Throws Far

                            Cons

                            • Can't Handle Wet Snow

                            Best Uses

                            • Driveway

                            Comments about Ariens Platinum Track 28 SHO:

                            Transmission geared too fast, engine a bit too week to handle more than 4-5 inches of snow, rpm goes down quickly. Fuel tank too small. Unit not properly balanced, way too much weight on the front causing wheels to spin. Light on dashboard blows in your face, blinding the operator during operations in dark condition. Very easy to turn around and start. Handle to direct blower is difficult to reach and not always respond smoothly. I miss my old John Deere 828D.

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                              AriensPlatinum 30 SHO
                               
                              4.5

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                              • Throws far (3)

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                              Most Liked Positive Review

                               

                              Primer pump hose rotten on brand new Platinum 30 (AX414),...

                              I purchase an Ariens Platinum 30 with AX414 engine new from Home Depot. Overall the product is awesome. If you are not mechanically able, you will need to hire somebody that is mechanical...Read complete review

                              I purchase an Ariens Platinum 30 with AX414 engine new from Home Depot. Overall the product is awesome. If you are not mechanically able, you will need to hire somebody that is mechanical to setup your new machine. Problems I found and repaired on my new machine: 1) the Primer pump hose rotten, full of cracks and holes and had to be replaced. The chute cables were not adjusted to make the chute function properly and were routed incorrectly, again I repaired. The drive linkage cable and auger linkage cable were not adjusted and the lock nut were not secure, again I repaired. The skid plates/feet were not adjusted to where the scraper blade was the only component touching the ground, I had to adjust and repair, Overall the assembly was very poor. I blame Home Depot for the poor assembly. I blame Ariens for the rotted primer pump hose.

                              Besides the poor assembly, the machine is a fantastic snow blower after I made the many repairs and adjustments.

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                              The Ariens Platinum 30" - Quick Turn Chute design is...

                              I bought a Platinum 30" Snowblower with the Quick Turn Chute & 2nd time I used it, all the gear teeth broke/ stripped off. Ariens gave me a new gear and I...Read complete review

                              I bought a Platinum 30" Snowblower with the Quick Turn Chute & 2nd time I used it, all the gear teeth broke/ stripped off. Ariens gave me a new gear and I installed it but, noted their design on the hex rod / instuctions was faulty with only two cotter pins and the washer supplied was not thick enough to permit proper gear teeth engagement /meshing. The problem is when you rotatate the chute, with a heavy snow load there was not enough preload between the mating gear teeth and they would skip /become disenged and break off the teeth. (My gear had 12 broken gear teeth) I solved this problem by machining a custom bronze washer that was about .150" thicker than the skimpy washer Ariens supplied. I also drilled a new hole thru the hex rod behind the handle bar plate face and added a washer / cotter pin to permantly "fix" the gear teeth spacing so the gears would not "Skip" or break off again.

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                              4.0

                              Mostly Satisfied

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                              from Mansfield, MA

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Clears to the Pavement
                              • Throws Far

                              Cons

                              • Can't Handle Wet Snow
                              • Fuel Guzzler/Smelly

                              Best Uses

                              • Driveway

                              Comments about Ariens Platinum 30 SHO:

                              We purchased the Ariens Platinum 30 SHO as our 1st snow blower, after having endured the historic winter of 2015 here in Massachusetts.

                              Generally I find the machine to work well, with a few complaints. I saw a few others mention the fuel tank being small - I agree, I did not expect to need to refill the gas tank more than once to clear my driveway... I have a hill which I think is some of the cause of that, as the engine will rev as though it's short on fuel on the hill so I need to keep the gas fairly full. I also find the gas cap to be hard to put back on, especially because of the screen measurement piece.

                              I find the machine is hard to use when there are imperfections in the pavement. My driveway is older (20 years) so there are some bumps and cracks. The machine wants to jog left and right (or up) when it hits these.

                              I also find the machine wants to jog left, right, and up when clearing wet snow. It is still quite an arm workout to keep the machine steady in those conditions.

                              Lastly, the chute control - it works ok if you are just adjusting left or right in a narrow (30-40 degree) turn. If you want it turned at a 90 degree angle it gets stuck and you need to wiggle it to get there. Not ideal.

                              Overall satisfied in spite of these critiques. It starts on the 1st or 2nd pull most of the time.

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                                4.0

                                Beast Mode.

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                                from Connecticut

                                About Me Handyman

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                                Pros

                                • Clears to the Pavement
                                • Throws Far

                                Cons

                                • Not easy to handle

                                Best Uses

                                • Driveway
                                • Professional

                                Comments about Ariens Platinum 30 SHO:

                                I think this is a great machine. Runs quiet with plenty of power to handle huge amounts of snow. I've read comments about gravel driveways and across grass areas but I've haven't used mine in that way. Just relatively even pavement. One thing I found initially was the auto-turn would work against me when trying make a long straight pass down the driveway. The least little resistance left or right made the machine turn in that direction. I followed the setup instructions, made some adjustments, and it behaved better. But it still fought me. After thinking about it I thought there may be too much front weight to the snowblower. Its much heavier in the front than any other I had owned previously. So being a mechanical engineer with a machine shop available, I designed and fabricated a custom 20 lb. counterweight to mount under the handle / control area. It made a huge difference. It became so much easier to handle for me and my conditions. Can make a nice straight pass without getting pulled all over the place, still plenty of weight in the front end to keep it from riding up, and makes it much easier to push down on the handles to lift the front when pivoting around 180 degrees to make a return pass. Now, if I was still in my 20's, 220 lbs of muscle, this might not have been necessary, but now being 60 years old, with a tired back, I had to do something. In hindsight, I probably should have bought a smaller machine. Ego may have got the better of me. But if you need a big, strong, well made snowblower, this is it.

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                                  5.0

                                  Ariens Platinum 30 SHO - Truly the King of Snow

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                                  from Coal Creek, Golden, Colorado

                                  About Me Do-It-Yourself

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                                  Pros

                                  • CAN Handle Wet Snow well
                                  • Clears to the Pavement
                                  • have an excellent dealer
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Maneuverable
                                  • purs like a professional grade machine
                                  • Throws Far

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Driveway

                                    Comments about Ariens Platinum 30 SHO:

                                    Top Notch Quality Snowthrower! I live in Coal Creek Colorado and we get some wild and deep and wet snows. This 30" machine has made the task of clearing the driveway and path to the front door actually enjoyable. I let the machine do the work, and it works per-fectly! Thank you Ariens for the quality of this snowthrower. Only one suggestion, have a manual, quicker method of changing the skid height, as I first use on the concrete and then the rest of the gravel driveway. It would be nice to keep the snowthrower lower on the concrete without having to use a 9/16" socket to loosen and reset two skid bolts on each side before continuing.

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                                      4.0

                                      Snow Throwing Animal

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                                      from Lockport NY

                                      Pros

                                      • 1-pull start every time. Plenty of power.

                                      Cons

                                      • Fuel tank volume too small.

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                                        Comments about Ariens Platinum 30 SHO:

                                        New home required a bigger machine to replace my 24-inch Platinum.
                                        This 30-inch machine is great. It's much heavier in the front end compared to the 24" and really digs in to the hard packed snow, no floating.
                                        The only complaint is the rediculously small gas tank. The machine will start to starve for gas on down hill runs with only a quart and a half of fuel burned. Other than that, it's a terrific machime!
                                        BTW, I thought the heated grips were just a gimmic - NO WAY, they are the best. I wear a light pair of knit gloves and my hands never get cold. Love 'em.

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                                          1.0

                                          never buy Ariens again

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                                          from Boston, Mass

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                                            • auto- turn only works on smooth pavement.
                                            • auto-turn will not work on dirt roads
                                            • chute control very hard to use
                                            • Dealers r not properly trained.
                                            • hard starting
                                            • must return to original dealer if set up wrong

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                                              Comments about Ariens Platinum 30 SHO:

                                              Bought 30" platinum at end of 2014-15 winter from dealer in Connecticut. I drained gas and did not get a chance to use it until this year. Almost impossible to start without using the electric start. Will only start after repeated pulls with idle set on slow. Dealer did not set up skids correctly. Dealer did not set up remote deflector cable correctly and as a result it welded itself to the muffler. The chute control only goes 90 degrees each way instead of the advertised 100 degrees. I dropped it off at a dealer here in Mass after telling them what was wrong and they said they would fix it. 2 days later they called me and said they could not fix the mistakes of another dealer. They also claimed that deflector chute was only designed to go 90 degrees to each side instead of the advertised 100 degrees. I called the factory and they said that I would have to go back to the original dealer to have them fix the set up problems. So If you buy one, be careful where u buy it. Now I will have to drive almost 2 hours there and 2 hours back to drop it off and then do the same to pick it up. At this point I will try to get my money back from the dealer or I will sell it at a loss to some one else and buy another brand. Ariens also does not mention that the auto- turn will only work on a perfectly smooth drive way. It is worthless if you have any imperfections in the concrete or asphalt. If you have an unpaved road like mine it will be a constant fight. Lessons learned here are 1. Ariens does not properly train or vet their dealers. 2. Once you buy it you are on your own because Ariens will not help you if you have a problem. 3. Be careful where you buy it. 4. Don't buy Ariens products.

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