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Photos of my two recent acquisitions

Not intended to be a gloat, but I guess it is.

First the (somewhat rare) Deluxe 28 with the AX414 motor. Bought new with full 3 year warranty from an authorized small store equipment dealer.






I use and store this one at my mom's house, which is 7-1/2 miles east of me. Next will be the Platinum 30 that's used and stored at my own home.

2015 Ariens Deluxe 28+ 921037, 414cc LCT (now son's)
2014 Ariens Platinum 30 921029, 414cc LCT (mine forever)

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This is the Platinum 30, a 2013 model which was bought 9/27/13 from the dealer I got it from, used. As you see the (lack of) wear on any parts of the machine you can understand why I paid only $200 less than the current list price of one. I actually paid the dealer, but he was just passing the money on to the owner who is a friend of his. The dealer said he had used it a couple of time during last year's easy winter (here) and one storm this year before moving to a condominium. The dealer will honor the remaining 20 months of warranty.







Notice how even the paint in the auger housing and on the rotor is almost pristine. That's what made it worth the money. I sold my old Husqvarna for just $50 less than I had paid for it (used) some 3-1/2 years ago. Not bad. My net total of $2761.44 for the two machines is really not bad at all, considering the situation where I am. There's just a few machines starting to trickle in to a few dealers who placed orders in mid-December, most are sold out until April to July.

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2014 Ariens Platinum 30 921029, 414cc LCT (mine forever)

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uh...that is INDEED gloating! I'm jealous of the gas tanks! this also crushes my dream of swapping my thimble tank for these square ones some guys seem to have which apparently have 1/3 more capicity. That oil fill tube with the yellow cap looks like it's in a completely different place than mine. I'll have to check my memory of mine being towards the middle of the engine, not the side like yours.

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Thank you. I think I did OK given it was threatening a big snowstorm when I bought the first one (one storm had just finished plastering us), and was actually starting what turned out to be an 8" snowfall as I bought the used one.

So do you have a machine with the same AX414 motor? What model is yours?

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Reminds me of the tagline in one of the fast/furious movies... There's no replacement for displacement

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Musta won a few boxes in the Super Bowl huh?

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Thank you. I think I did OK given it was threatening a big snowstorm when I bought the first one (one storm had just finished plastering us), and was actually starting what turned out to be an 8" snowfall as I bought the used one.

So do you have a machine with the same AX414 motor? What model is yours?

I've got a 2014 Platinum 30 SHO with the AX414. I think based on the Ariens website's description of the "lower profile" that mine has a 2014 Gen III motor on it and your 2014 Deluxe 28 has a Gen II motor that's pre 2014. I'm guessing the factory was using up the last of their Gen II stock before changing over to the new one. I'd much rather have that II setup. I'm getting tired of refilling the gas tank every 20 minutes! I started a new thread about the tanks rather than clutter yours up.

I've got a 70's 24" 7hp ariens as a backup, I like your back up better!!
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Musta won a few boxes in the Super Bowl huh?
No, though that would've been nice. A chunk of my tax refund got eaten up on the net $1250 for mine (the 921040), my mom can afford to buy the one for her place though I handle all her affairs since she's got dementia. That house and it's mated snowblower (plus furniture and a host of other stuff) will be going to my youngest son when he buys the house from her. I imagine it'll be no more than a year or so before she doesn't recognize where she is, and at that point she'll be in assisted living of some sort.

For the time being, he lives there in an in-law apartment of his own, my daughter lives upstairs with my mom. I'm there nearly every day and she occasionally (increasingly so) asks me who I am.

It ain't all rosy for me. This was just a little bright spot in an otherwise stressful life.

I do appreciate that the Patriots won the SB though, and appear to be coming clean in this stupid "Deflategate" thing. Looking like NFL officials had the dirty hand in it.

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I've got a 2014 Platinum 30 SHO with the AX414. I think based on the Ariens website's description of the "lower profile" that mine has a 2014 Gen III motor on it and your 2014 Deluxe 28 has a Gen II motor that's pre 2014. I'm guessing the factory was using up the last of their Gen II stock before changing over to the new one. I'd much rather have that II setup. I'm getting tired of refilling the gas tank every 20 minutes! I started a new thread about the tanks rather than clutter yours up.

I've got a 70's 24" 7hp ariens as a backup, I like your back up better!!
Interesting info there, gto4evr! I was told they used up some remaining AX414's when the supply of 306's ran dry.

BTW, I had a 2004 GTO from '04 to '06, put 48K miles on it. My favorite car I ever owned, hands down. I'd be a "GTO forever" guy if my wife didn't hate the fact that she couldn't drive the manual 6-speed. If I had room (and money) to buy her a spare car, I'd still have it.

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