Got the new Ariens program in the mail yesterday and thought I'd pass along some of the changes. Couple guys have asked, so here ya go. I'm GLAD I have no carryover, as there are some nice improvements. I feel like typing, so this will be a long one......
I'll avoid talking about prices, other than to say that most are unchanged.
Engines- I started that engine size discussion on the general forum, and wouldn't you know, there are some larger engine options this year. There is a new Generation III AX engine family in 306cc, 369cc and 414cc. The current 208, 254, and 291 engines continue on some models. Pro models all retain the 420cc Briggs motor, and that is the only place where you'll find a Briggs. Everything else gets an AX engine. So, more engines and IMO better matched to various models.
Compact 22 and 24 are unchanged.
Deluxe- The "$999" 28 is basically unchanged. The better Deluxe 28 is now called the "28+" and gets the 291cc AX. (I like that. IMO the 28 needs more than 254cc) The Deluxe 30 gets the new 306cc Gen III.
Platinum: Some interesting changes here. All Platinums get the new Gen III engines. There are 2 new "SHO" Super High Output models. (remember the Ford Taurus SHO? LOL) The SHO models have faster impeller speeds from modified belts and pulleys, (More freaking belts to stock! Sorry, had to say that.) Improved throwing distance and larger Engines. 24 SHO has the new 306cc and the 30 SHO has the new 414cc. There is also a standard Platinum 30 that has the new 369cc.
All pro models use the 420cc Briggs motor. 3 hydros, in 28, 32 and 36 inch sizes. Two disc drives in 28" and 32". Seems as though the 36" disc drive is discontinued.
Track line up is mostly unchanged.
Couple other items. The "quick turn" chute control is changed, but other than eliminating the finicky cable adjustment, I really don't know what they did. The deflector cable now comes into the chute from the top to prevent water from being able to get inside and cause possible freezing issues.
That's the basics guys.