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post #1 of 9 Old 12-31-2019, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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RapidTrak Pro 28 first impressions

We got 4-5" of the some of worst stuff I've had to blow, rain/snow mix, 3' berm at EOD. The machine worked great, really shined on that berm, which is the biggest reason I purchased it, didn't even bog, rpm's just cranked. Love the hydro and the quick-turn shute, very fast one hand adjustments.
Was also impressed with the auto-turn, can't understand how some people dislike it?
It did leave a bit of snow on the ground but base was solid ice ( I couldn't scrape it with shovel either), had it in dig mode most of the time, went to wheel mode on the grass and it worked great there too, didn't tear it up the lawn at all.
Overall I'm very happy with this Ariens and would purchase again or recommend to friends.
Thanks to everyone for their honest reviews and recommendations, this thing meets / exceeds my needs perfectly!
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Awesome, I'm glad it worked well!

I'm probably not too far from you (border of MA & NH), we got about 3" total, it was very wet and really heavy. Having 3 feet of EOD, with this stuff? No thank you! That would be a nasty test for any machine.

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Yeah, my house is at a corner off the main drag, I always end up with a huge wall at the EOD, glad I didn't wait on buying it, and didn't have to shovel the mess, HEAVY!!!
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Ugh, I can relate. We're also on the outside of where the road suddenly turns 90 degrees. So as the plows take the turn, the snow piles up in front of our driveway in a big arc.

Fortunately, they've gotten better since we bought the house. They will usually make a straight pass by our driveway, pushing it into the road corner, getting rid of the big piled-up arc. But sometimes that takes a while, or doesn't happen, and I have to clear the big EOD arc in the street. Thank god for blowers!

Enjoy the new machine, it sounds great!

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I live in the greater Portland area and you are correct, this is some of the nastiest stuff I've ever had to deal with. Here is my updated review of my Deluxe 28

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...pressions.html

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I live in the greater Portland area and you are correct, this is some of the nastiest stuff I've ever had to deal with. Here is my updated review of my Deluxe 28

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...pressions.html
Good review, I have the same MTD as you also, glad the deluxe is working out for you and hope that's the last of that nasty snow, feeling it this morning! Lol
I'm from Lewiston originally, go back on the bike and hunting, Love Maine!
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I'm glad you're enjoying your machine. It's a beast. I have a 32" Rapidtrak Pro that so far, has been outstanding. Last night we had some squalls in the area the resulted in about 3" of wet snow on the drive. Normally I would just push this stuff off with my pusher shovel. For fun, I took out the Ariens to see what it would do knowing that this was the exact type of stuff that the Honda would plug up on. Anyway, the machine blew it with no issues. So far, so good and I'm a happy camper. Happy New Year!

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Normally I would just push this stuff off with my pusher shovel.
You do know that, on a snowblower forum, saying you're gonna "shovel" is kind of a 4-letter word, right?

OK, after a recent mini storm, I *may* have pusher-shoveled that layer off the driveway's incline. Possibly. But you can't prove anything!

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I'm glad you're enjoying your machine. It's a beast. I have a 32" Rapidtrak Pro that so far, has been outstanding. Last night we had some squalls in the area the resulted in about 3" of wet snow on the drive. Normally I would just push this stuff off with my pusher shovel. For fun, I took out the Ariens to see what it would do knowing that this was the exact type of stuff that the Honda would plug up on. Anyway, the machine blew it with no issues. So far, so good and I'm a happy camper. Happy New Year!
Yes, I'm very happy with it, was actually surprised with the results, not only did it make short work of that EOD berm, it threw it like nothing! Actually had a guy ask what make snowblower it was as he was sitting at the stop sign, said he was going down to check out some Ariens, LOl.
No regrets choosing the rapidtrak!
I'm glad you're happy with your's also.

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