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post #1 of 21 Old 10-22-2015, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my first ever snowblower!

Hey everyone, I have to thank everyone here at Snowblower Forums for giving me the information and confidence to get my first machine. I wasn't sure if I should get a SS or a 2 stage but its the bad storms where it is needed so I figured a 2 stage was the way to go. I decided on a 24 and went to my local dealer who I really don't care for but I have no truck and for service/repair reasons it made sense as the next dealer is a 90 minute drive. I just went to look at them I swear! Wanted to get a price on a Deluxe 24 with handwarmers but, they had 2 machines on the floor from last year. One was the Platinum 24 SHO with the 306cc engine so I told him give me a fair price and I'll take it. We agreed on $1675 plus taxes so considering the deluxe with warmers was going to be about $150 less and also the new Platinums are over $2000 here in Canada, I took the deal. It is assembled and they will deliver in next day or two. I checked the chute deflector and it needs adjustments, told him to have the service dept. go over it before delivery. I will probably be on here asking all kinds of questions about how stuff works and how to make adjustments, etc.!
Just wondering, did they make a 24 Platinum SHO in 2014?
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Congrats kwk11 and welcome to the SBF. Good luck with the new macine. MH

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Almost certain 2015 was the first year for the 24 SHO's

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Congrats kwk11 and welcome to the SBF. Good luck with the new macine. MH
Thanks for the welcome MH!
Just hope the auto turn works good, lol!
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Almost certain 2015 was the first year for the 24 SHO's
Okay, thanks cbnsoul.
So the motor size is the only major difference I think then.
Maybe the chute control is a little different too, I'm not sure though.
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I think you'll be happy with your new Ariens.

I've had mine just under a year now and it served me well last winter.

Due to serious drifting in our driveways, which total over 300 yd's, not
counting parking areas, I added 10 lb's of weight to the front, chains and
Ariens poly skids after giving the ArmorSkids a try, which are shown in
the photo. They climbed drifts like a son of a gun......



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Congrats on the nice new machine and good luck with it.

Regarding your question yes they did make a 2014 Platinum 24 but not an SHO model it had the 291cc GEN II LCT engine on it, where the oil drain was on the side of the engine. The SHO models came out 2015, please note Ariens dates their catalogs a year before so Winter 2014/2015 is considered a 2015 model.

The machine you bought has the 306cc GEN III LCT engine it is a lower profile design with a quieter muffler and the oil drain is behind the unit below the recoil starter where it belongs.

It sounds like you negotiated a good price a local dealer near me here in the states is asking $1399. for the 2014 model.

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Welcome to SBF, and glad to hear about your new purchase. Don'e hesitate to come on back and ask questions when they come up. Hope you'll come back and give us your review on that Ariens too.

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Hey knu2xs, that's some serious drive you have to clear!
I think I will put on poly skids for now and see how it is before I decide on the extra weight.
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I think you'll be happy with your new Ariens.

I've had mine just under a year now and it served me well last winter.

Due to serious drifting in our driveways, which total over 300 yd's, not
counting parking areas, I added 10 lb's of weight to the front, chains and
Ariens poly skids after giving the ArmorSkids a try, which are shown in
the photo. They climbed drifts like a son of a gun......



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