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Many times I've seen people referring to modern day Ariens snowblowers as being inferior to the old stuff. Namely the machines from the 60's and 70's. Back then Ariens didn't make a large variation of blowers. Those machines in my view are the equivalent to today's professional line. So if somebody were to strictly compare an old school 24" Ariens to a newer compact series machine I could see why they might be disappointed. But I don't feel that is a fair fight.

I've used many different Ariens machines over the last 26 years and I believe when every piece of criteria is looked at and evaluated, the current Professional line is the best snowblower Ariens has ever made.

Here are some of the machines I've run through the years.

Side note; The 1332 Pro (purchased new Jan. '05) that is on the left in the pic in front of the snow mound has seen by far the most amount of work from me personally. As it sits is currently it's on its 6th set of skids and 3rd scraper blade. One storm in Feb '13, 30"-36", I put 26 hrs. on it ran through 13 gallons of fuel. A real workhorse! Last of the 924 series.
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Ariens ST824 Deluxe '97 924082
Ariens ST1024 SHO '01 924106
Ariens 1332Pro '05 924516
Ariens Professional 32 '15 926039
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Wow, nice collection you've had through the years. Nicely done!

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I have to agree, the best blower is one a person has that does the required job. Looks like you have a wide range of experience with quite a few so thanks for sharing.
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Thank you. For me, I thoroughly enjoy running and working on my machines. As an added bonus, I make some money with them as well.

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In my opinion,,, the 924 series was the Pinnacle of the Ariens blowers. I don't have first hand experience of the blowers after the 932 series, but I wouldn't own a 932 series blower after having worked on a few. If you like the newer ones good....I can't afford them and am really happy with the old ...
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In my opinion,,, the 924 series was the Pinnacle of the Ariens blowers. I don't have first hand experience of the blowers after the 932 series, but I wouldn't own a 932 series blower after having worked on a few. If you like the newer ones good....I can't afford them and am really happy with the old ...
The 932 machines have certainly had their problems. I am referring to the newer 926 Pro machines. Even these had their share of issues in the beginning but have since been ironed out starting around 2012-13

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Well ...I've never found a 10000 series or 924 series that wouldn't clear snow no matter how deep...if the new ones are better, I can't imagine how....when the 926 machines get to my price range I'll give them a try!
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Well ...I've never found a 10000 series or 924 series that wouldn't clear snow no matter how deep...if the new ones are better, I can't imagine how....when the 926 machines get to my price range I'll give them a try!
I agree. There isn't anything those old machines won't handle. In my personal experience with using both, the biggest advantages are speed and precision. (Taller intake hight helps on lager storms) What I mean by that is the new machines combo of increased power and improved impeller/chute designs allow me in my circumstances to put the snow exactly where I want it the 1st time. The ability to use higher ground speeds and less double throwing of snow saves me an immense amount of time when doing multiple residential properties along with a large church and school I'm contracted to do.

I see you're from MA so I'm sure you remember the winter of 2015 when we got those 4 large storms in a row. At the time at my personal house I was using the 924 series ST824. (Pictured above) Those 1st two storms took me 3 hours to do. I bought a Professional 32 (also pictured above) and the next 2 storms where cut down to 1hr. And instead of the snow continuing to build up on the sides of the driveway, I easily cleared the 7-8ft banks that the ST824 created from 35 ft away. Don't get me wrong, I still love those old machines though. 👍

Ariens ST824 Deluxe '97 924082
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