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Platinum 24" ? AX306 and AX369

So to continue my questions on Ariens products I have another. I will try to ask this as nice as possible so I don't hurt the tender ears around here. I was at the dealer yesterday looking at a platinum 24". The engine listed it was a ax306. Online and the brochure I got listed this as a ax369? I noticed this after I left. They wanted $1499 for the machine so I don't think they had it priced like a left over. What's the scoop?
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Last years model has the AX306. This years model has the AX369. So you were likely looking at last years model.

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Last years model has the AX306. This years model has the AX369. So you were likely looking at last years model.
Ok, so if that's the case should I expect to get a better price on the ax306? Otherwise I would rather have the bigger motor. I don't think the dealer has an ax369's
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Ok, so if that's the case should I expect to get a better price on the ax306? Otherwise I would rather have the bigger motor. I don't think the dealer has an ax369's
I would think so.. I have the AX369 on my Platinum 30 Standard and I have never bogged it down. On a 24" I think it would be unreal.

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That was too funny!! [LOL]
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So to continue my questions on Ariens products I have another. I will try to ask this as nice as possible so I don't hurt the tender ears around here. I was at the dealer yesterday looking at a platinum 24". The engine listed it was a ax306. Online and the brochure I got listed this as a ax369? I noticed this after I left. They wanted $1499 for the machine so I don't think they had it priced like a left over. What's the scoop?
The dealer knows what the market will bring. So if they feel they can sell the machine for $1499 then OK ring em up. Some buyers walk in and see a shiny new blower and say "I'll take it". They might not even bring the 24" with the ax369 to the sales floor before all the ax306's they have are sold. It's up to you, the informed buyer to bring this point up when you are serious about buying.

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Our dealer had the same - 3 24 SHO's with the 306. You could tell they were last years models either way - they stored them outside and they were a dirty mess. That's a lot of money to spend on a year old blower with last year's specs, stored outside and, just as at your dealer, $1499. I looked through all the models in boxes and not a new 24 SHO to be found.

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With 3 unsold SHO's on hand from last year that dealer might not have any of the ax369 SHO's coming to his dealership at all.

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The " MSRP " Manufactures suggested retail list price , for last years 24" sho with the 306 ax was 1,599 according to my receipt from 11/5/14 .
The buy online places etc. had it priced at 1,399 and that was also the price my dealer had it marked at. Dealer set up the machine , free delivery , and knocked the price of the snow cab down to 100 bucks and I said "Sold " .
Seems like your dealer is trying to charge an extra hundred bucks for storing it over the summer when there were places begging for new blowers last winter.
We got our average of ten feet of snow last year and I never felt mine was underpowered , but I would trade it and 300 bucks for this years model with the 369 ax

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Ducky,

A local dealer in my area has the older 306cc models but is asking $1399. For them. This year's 2016 model is $1499. At dealers who offer "online pricing." I would not pay more than $1299. for last years's model. Last year's model listed for $1399 w/online dealer pricing. The new model as you now know has the 369cc engine with 17 ft. Lbs. of torque, additionally you can tell from last years's model that the control knobs are now black/grey (you can see some of my previous posts for more details on these). Additionally the Quick Turn chute lever is now in a more upright position likely to address some functionality issues.
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