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What model should I buy?

I need a snow blower and am thinking about buying new. I live in Maine and get a lot of snow. I was looking at the deluxe 30 EFI, the Deluxe 30, or the platinum 30 SHO. Also not opposed to the Deluxe 28 SHO. I will be doing My driveway the size of 6 parking spots wide by 30' long so will be built up by the plow and then I also do a decent area in my back yard for a dog run. Appreciate any insight!
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All of them seem like great choices, EFI seems like a nice option but on a snow blower I would be concerned at cost of repair if any issues should arise but Iíve heard good things about them.

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This is Ariens marketing but these are the reasons I was thinking of before I did a search on EFI snowblowers. I would like EFI for the easy starting. Not sure I can agree on the "eliminates maintenance costs" since there aren't any 40-50 year old EFI systems the way there are those of us with 40-50 year old original Tecumseh engines that occasionally needed a carb cleaning. Just my thoughts. The good thing about Ariens is they still have support for those old machines so it's likely that no matter what happens in the future with and EFI machine parts will be available.

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Now what about the platinum being 414cc and the efi 306cc?
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If you deal with a lot of heavy wet snow then get the most powerful one (414cc). I'd be nice if they offered an EFI 414cc engine, then I'd say go for it.....!!!
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Eventually all manufactures (or at least the leading brands will go EFI). I will not have reserves on buying an EFI engine....
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I'd be nice if they offered an EFI 414cc engine, then I'd say go for it.....!!!

I'm following the quoted advice and ordered a Ariens Pro Hydro 28 a few weeks ago. It has the B&S 420cc engine with EFI.


My 2015 24" Platinum SHO had enough power with the 306cc engine (carb), it's just that what I have to blow is just too much for the friction disc set-up. I didn't even make it two full seasons before I had to replace the friction disc and belt, which is why I upgraded to the Hydro. The Platinum will be kept as a back-up.

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I'm following the quoted advice and ordered a Ariens Pro Hydro 28 a few weeks ago. It has the B&S 420cc engine with EFI.
That's great.......!
I did not know about the EFI Briggs. Sounds like a great combination (420cc EFI, 28 auger housing and hydrostatic drive).
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What is the difference between the pro hydro 28 and the the platinums drive system?
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What is the difference between the pro hydro 28 and the the platinums drive system?
I think friction disc drive on the Platinum vs hydrostatic drive on the Hydropro.
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