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Compact 24 OR Deluxe 24?

Hey guys,

After a lot of research, I decided to buy an Ariens snow blower. After visiting my local dealer, I still can't decide between the Compact 24 (920027) with the 223cc engine or the Deluxe 24 (921045) with the 254 engine. The price difference is pretty big for the small difference in specs. (Compact = 1300$ CAD vs Deluxe 24= 1550$ CAD). I have a gravel driveway and I wonder if I'll regret going with the autoturn feature. Any advices?

I live in Quebec, so we do get a fair amount of snow.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-17-2017, 03:20 PM
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hello basso, welcome to SBF!! seeing that you get a fair amount of snow get the deluxe, you be happy with the power difference it has over the compact

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Based on what you're comfortable spending, it's best to buy the blower with the biggest engine possible, and the narrowest bucket that meets your clearing needs.

When properly maintained, an Ariens machine will last many years. Over that time, snowfalls can vary significantly.

Having the power vs. wishing you had the power makes all the difference when you need to move snow.

My "mission critical" driveway clearer is a 420cc Pro 28. It gets the job done.

The Canadian Yamaha's may be more powerful, but aren't sold in the US.

You'll likely be very pleased with the Deluxe, this winter and in future ones.

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Another vote for the Deluxe 24, it is a more substantial higher capacity machine with a 14 inch auger and impeller, worth the extra money.

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I love Ariens but the compact is so not impressive IMHO, Friend who has one hates it, Uses different and smaller shear pins also. Another vote for the Deluxe 24

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Will I have any trouble with a rocky/gravel driveway with the autoturn?
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Will I have any trouble with a rocky/gravel driveway with the autoturn?
If it's level you should be okay, I'd think. But large bumps and/or divots may make it "think" you're wanting to turn in a certain direction.

My driveway is also gravel and my machine has AutoTurn - but it's tracked - so it's a different scenario. I'd expect a wheeled unit will behave differently. For what it's worth, you can read my review done just a couple of days ago here: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...-921052-a.html

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+1 vote for the Deluxe. Try to view them side by side and the differences that don't show up on a spec sheet will become obvious.
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Well, I decided to go with the Deluxe 28. It was 50$ more than the Deluxe 24. Now I have to wait for snow!
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Well, I decided to go with the Deluxe 28. It was 50$ more than the Deluxe 24. Now I have to wait for snow!
I think you'll love it - put some pictures of it up when you can!

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