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Platinum 24 or Platinum 30...by the time I decide it will be Spring

Quick intro as this is my first post on this forum: 30yrs old, just bought my first home a week ago and just finished moving in yesterday. Have lived in CT, Florida, North Carolina, and now back in CT for good. I suffered through last year's storm Nemo/Charlotte (still don't know what the OFFICIAL name was), and I'm absolutely dreading having to go through that scenario again without a snowblower.

Have been researching the last 2 weeks. Originally interested in the Husqvarna machines but eventually drifted into the Ariens, and the consensus seems to be that Ariens is the superior choice. I've been looking in the $1000 - $1600 price range. Narrowed down to either of the Platinum models (24in/30in).


My driveway is only 2 car wide by about 3 cars long. I have approximately 150ft of sidewalk, and about 50ft of walkway to clear. Finally, I would need to make a path around the deck and into the backyard for the dog, so maybe an additional 75ft. Have a 3 car garage with the 3rd door opening to the side of the house, so storage won't be an issue, and neither will access to the driveway with both cars still parked in the garage.

Spending in the $1000-$1600 range, I'm hoping to get a machine that can power through the worst the city plows can offer, without having to slowly bite off small chunks. I'm not so worried about not having 30" of clearance width, but what does concern me is having the availability of that extra displacement for the end of the driveway packed snow/ice/slush. Not to mention, I'm sure the sidewalk area can get quite dense also if the plows make multiple passes. The P30 seems like overkill for my lot size and maybe even for Connecticut as a whole. But I find myself wondering if the 291cc engine of the P24 is going to struggle with the once per year icy/wet stuff near the roads.

I suppose my primary question is, what real world difference and I going to notice with the extra 123cc's of power and extra 6inches of clearance width that the Platinum 30 offers over the Platinum 24?
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Welcome to the forum THC! I have a new P24 that I have used once. Before that I had a succession of various sized shovels powered by elbow grease, so while I am real happy with how my Ariens performed, I don't know if I'm qualified to advise you. That being said, I really think that 291 CC's on a 24" blower gives you a pretty powerful package, pound for pound, equal to or maybe better better than the 30" because along with the extra ponies comes a wider swath to cut. You'll have to do the math and figure your percentages. I like to think of the P24 as kind of like a powerful sports car. Lots of power and very maneuverable. The P30 could be compared to a big Detroit muscle car.
Anyway, you are definitely in the right area when you are thinking Ariens.
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Welcome to the forum THC! I have a new P24 that I have used once. Before that I had a succession of various sized shovels powered by elbow grease, so while I am real happy with how my Ariens performed, I don't know if I'm qualified to advise you. That being said, I really think that 291 CC's on a 24" blower gives you a pretty powerful package, pound for pound, equal to or maybe better better than the 30" because along with the extra ponies comes a wider swath to cut. You'll have to do the math and figure your percentages. I like to think of the P24 as kind of like a powerful sports car. Lots of power and very maneuverable. The P30 could be compared to a big Detroit muscle car.
Anyway, you are definitely in the right area when you are thinking Ariens.
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Thanks Larry. The more I think about it, the more I am leaning towards the P24. I'm usually that guy that tends to go just a half step overboard with tools/technology, so the simple fact that I'm questioning my own need for the extra power probably means the P30 would REALLY be overkill, even with my typical "better safe than sorry" mentality.
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I live in Iowa and southern Iowa at that. We get dumped on good a couple 2 or 3 times a year but most of the time I could get by with a single stage. I have always had a 2 stage though an after having a Toro for 34 years finally decided it time to get a new one. Just ordered the new one today and it is the Ariens P24. I, like you, felt it might be a little overkill for the majority of our snowfalls but from what I have read, it should do a good job. I think, if I were you, I would also consider the Deluxe 28 and save about 300.00. The reason I didn't get it was I just don't have enough storage room for the extra 4 inches. I need all the space I can get.
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