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Is The Deluxe 28 SHO worth 500 more?

Hi there. I have been looking for an upgraded snowblower and I think I have it narrowed down between the Deluxe 28 SHO and the deluxe 28. Here in Anchorage the SHO costs 1600 and the regular deluxe costs 1100. Is it worth 500 for the SHO? It seems like a lot? The SHO is from a dealer that couldn't answer any of my questions and just handed me a flier for Ariens. The deluxe 28 is from Home Depot and I found out who they use for warranty and talked with the owner to verify that they will handle any warranty I would need. I am replacing a 5hp 24" toro storm and it seems to do ok but is pretty underpowered. What do you guys think? I don't want to settle and I don't want to feel like I overpaid, if that makes sense. Is the SHO 1/3 better? Thanks for any advice.
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Is it worth $500 to throw snow 50' instead of 40'?

To me its not.

The dealer should demote that "sales" person to a janitor.

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I think the SHO would be better for a 28 inch path. I have a Deluxe 24 and I'm pretty sure it has the same engine as the Deluxe 28. I opted for the 24 because I figured that it had more power per clearing width. I'm very happy with it power wise. Not sure if that helps you but the 254cc engine is well matched to a 24inch clearing width in my opinion.
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Is The Deluxe 28 SHO worth 500 more?

Kobuk- the price down here in the lower 48 is $1100 for the Deluxe 28 at Home Depot, same as you. The SHO is sold at all dealers for $1350 as is the MSRP shown on Ariens website. Are you sure the dealer isnít just trying to take advantage of you? Sounds like he wasnít eager to sell one. I had a dealer similar to this where I live.

In my opinion the SHO is absolutely worth the $250 premium for bigger motor and belts (I own one). But who could know for sure as I donít own the regular one!

I wouldnít personally have paid $500 more, however. My guess is that the deluxe will allow you to get by just fine there in AK, maybe just a little bit slower.
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Is it worth $500 to throw snow 50' instead of 40'?

To me its not.

The dealer should demote that "sales" person to a janitor.

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He is looking for help you being a reg here toss out something totally invalid to a guy who has 1 post


The 254cc is rated 50 feet not 40 the sho is 55feet
where the 254 cc fails is eod it struggles the sho with the bigger motor and higher impeller speed is a star
over 20 yrs whats 500 by bucks chump change living in Alaska seems like a no brainer 28sho
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@Kobuk Iím bored at work.... Jewell Equipment in Wasilla has the SHO on their website for $1349.00. They are the only preferred Ariens dealer in the area. Iím assuming this isnít where you were handed the brochure?
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I did call back and question him about the msrp pricing vs what he is asking. It sounds like they have to pay shipping themselves vs the box stores don't. To verify, I called another place up north that also sells Ariens and he was the same price as the local guy. As far as 500 being chump change! haha Well, to some maybe and if we were talking less than 10% difference is one thing, 30% is quite a lot. I don't mind paying for quality so that is why I am asking if 2.5 ft/lbs and 5 feet is worth 30% more! I asked if he would take 1350 for it and he just laughed.
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@Kobuk Iím bored at work.... Jewell Equipment in Wasilla has the SHO on their website for $1349.00. They are the only preferred Ariens dealer in the area. Iím assuming this isnít where you were handed the brochure?
That is the other store I called and they also wanted 1600 for the SHO.
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I think the SHO would be better for a 28 inch path. I have a Deluxe 24 and I'm pretty sure it has the same engine as the Deluxe 28. I opted for the 24 because I figured that it had more power per clearing width. I'm very happy with it power wise. Not sure if that helps you but the 254cc engine is well matched to a 24inch clearing width in my opinion.
I was kind of wondering the same thing as far as enough power for the 28 vs the 24. There is only 100 difference between the 24 and 28 so I was hoping the 28 would work fine. It seems to have more reviews and I was thinking that must be because more people have bought the 28"s? Either that or the guys that buy the 24's just don't like leaving reviews!
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a little too hung up on numbers all the time there, 1132LE

the torque, HP, RPM's and now throwing distance

Add in a little moisture to the snow and distance drops to who knows what.

RPM's set at 3480 instead of 3580? - OOH THE HORROR!

Life is too short to worry about the performance difference between 17ft lbs and 21ft lbs of torque and a snow throwing distance of 40' instead of 50'

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