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Deluxe 30 vs Platinum 30 SHO

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I'm new to the forum as well as snowblowers so please bear with me. I live on the NH Seacoast where we receive anywhere from 4' to 10' of snow in a Winter. Actually almost 12 last winter. 12" to 18" storms are not at all uncommon with 4-8" being regulars. Lots of blowing from winds off ocean cause 2, 3 & 4' drifts or blow it all off some sections of the driveway. I have about a 150' driveway with a 40 x 40' parking area in the front. All paved. And the plows pile it up needless to say-5' windrow not uncommon in big storms. With all that being said, I have narrowed my choices down to an Ariens Platinum 30 (369 engine) for $1650 or a Deluxe 30 (306 engine) for $1400. Know the chute controls are diffeent. So, is the Platinum really worth $250 additional or should the Deluxe do the job. Am aware of the autotrack issues-dealer said he would set up machine properly & throw in composite skids. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. TIA.

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I would consider the extra $250 for the Platinum 30 SHO to be money well spent.

You get that monster motor and especially when combined with the higher impeller speeds it's so effective with the often heavy wet snow you get in coastal areas because of the warmer air coming in off the water.

The Platinum 30 SHO also gives you heated handgrips that are $70-$75 to add to the Deluxe 30. The motor alone is worth most of that money, the grips are the rest.

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SHO, bigger motor = no brainer
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Thanks for all the replies. Seems like there was some 'miscommunication' between the dealer & myself, even though the prices written on an Ariens ad was not mine but the salesman. Deal now is Platinum 30 with the 369 (non SHO) for $1600 with heated handgrips & the 30 SHO with the 414 is $1800. Deluxe with 306 is $1400. Am leaning towards the 369 and seems to be able to handle whatever we get around here according to a friend who has one. The SHO is really heavy & even though I'm a 'spry' 67 , it seemed a lot for me to fight if/when the auto track does it's thing. Dealer said they would put composite skids on what ever I bought at N/C which is good. And also give me the steel skids so I can fool with the ball bearing add-ons. There's also a $50 gift card & warrantry extension to 5 years if bought in August, so that helps. So, I get a week end to think about it so any more input would be appreciated.

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I have the Platinum 30 with 369cc engine and have not been able to slow it down ever.. That said..... SHO is just awesome...


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Scrappy-are they chrome plated?
Stu-agree the SHO is awesome but why pay even an extra $150 for a mchine I might still have to fight with? I'd rather spend it on the appropriate liquid to heat what the handwarmers don't warm up.
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What are the ball bearing add on 4.:questio n:

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Scrappy-are they chrome plated?
Stu-agree the SHO is awesome but why pay even an extra $150 for a mchine I might still have to fight with? I'd rather spend it on the appropriate liquid to heat what the handwarmers don't warm up.
I don't think you'd be fighting with either one more than the other. The biggest difference might be in how well the SHO version ejects the heavier wet stuff you get up there by the coast.

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Power: There's a utube video showing how to mount ball berings on the metal skids to help with the auto track 'doingwhat it wants' issue. You can also buy the ball beringnskids here: Roller-Skid Shoes @ Snow Blowers Direct.

Pixman: I think you're correct. Might have to grease up the chute a little more & perhaps go a little slower but it would get the job done.

Thxs to all for the input. Will le you know what the final decision is
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