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Different flavors of the 28" Ariens vs $

I am still in my pursuit for my next snowblower. So far I have come to the conclusion that I should stick with an Ariens so that leads to questions. Also after having a debate with self....always difficult to win, I gave up the idea of a 30" machine to replace my current Bolens 32".

Also, another thing makes my machine trade off difficult is that I haven't been able to get service manuals that include a parts break down so I can look into the guts of various machines. With service manual I might be able to see significant differences. So I am asking for an answer from those who have much greater experience than I on these things.

First is the 28" Deluxe sold by the big box stores, currently in the $1K range vs a Pro model such as the 926065. The model by the big guys (my stinking computer keyboard decided to not print some letters today) uses the 254cc engine while the Pro 926065 uses a 420cc engine and retails for over $2K. Is this the engine the only difference? Is it worth getting a Delu-e then just swapping 254cc engine with a 420cc?

My guess is there are greater differences. Keybo_rd.....&^%^$#

EDIT: My post was almost unreadable so I just edited using my Ipad instead of my laptop

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254cc is a little light for a 28" blower. I like to be able to throw the EOD snow across the street and the 350cc Tecumseh in my 28" Ariens does it very well. A 420cc can only be better. That engine is going to cost you close to a grand. You may as well get it right off and save yourself the aggravation of a swap.

Try re-installing the drivers for your keyboard. Sometimes that's all it takes. Remove them and reboot. They'll re-install automatically.
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254cc is a little light for a 28" blower. I like to be able to throw the EOD snow across the street and the 350cc Tecumseh in my 28" Ariens does it very well. A 420cc can only be better. That engine is going to cost you close to a grand. You may as well get it right off and save yourself the aggravation of a swap.

Try re-installing the drivers for your keyboard. Sometimes that's all it takes. Remove them and reboot. They'll re-install automatically.
Ipad of course and I will take your suggestions for my laptop later.

SURE!!! NO different opinion here pertaining to the 254 but IF that is the only difference, it would be less expensive to purchase the $1K Deluxe along with a 420cc engine and make a swap. No way do I want an underpowered snowblower.
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I agree fully with jim5554, except stronger, 254cc IS too light for a 28", way too light, better for a 24", max max 26".

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Guess I should have read ALL of your post where you mentioned the cost of the 420...SORRY Jim!!
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I agree fully with jim5554, except stronger, 254cc IS too light for a 28", way too light, better for a 24", max max 26".
Guys— I am in full agreement with you!!! AND I think Ariens is doing themselves marketing HARM by offering an underpowered snowblower to the general public.
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the pro has
23.5 tall bucket vs 21
heated grips
longer auger shaft doesnt require brace in bucket i think the pro should have it anyway more support
dash mounted chute rotation
weighs more
i dont think it has as much down force on the front bucket as 921 series
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A forum member (local area) to sell his 28” machine powered with a 420 and then developed as he said, sellers remorse. Wants a few days to think things out and maybe wants to wait until the coming northeaster passes this week. I am very close to purchasing a 926065 new machine.
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the pro has
23.5 tall bucket vs 21
heated grips
longer auger shaft doesnt require brace in bucket i think the pro should have it anyway more support
dash mounted chute rotation
weighs more
i dont think it has as much down force on the front bucket as 921 series


HEY :-). Was just talking about you! You must stay up nights studying all of Ariens variations. Do you work for Ariens???
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It would be nice if the forum gave special recognition to machine experts, those who know and understand the subtle, tiny diffences that can be very important to potential buyers. This thread is a good example where there is expert knowledge!
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