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Does Ariens do contract builds for any other company?

Greetings all....

Long time lurker and first time poster here... Been reading up on several models and seriously leaning towards Ariens for a couple reasons for a purchase soon.
1) Reviews on this site.
2) Reviews on other locations.
3) Quality dealer nearby and a good sales person there.
4) Orange is just a cool color in the snow!

I'm wondering if Ariens does build snowblowers under contract for anyone else? Any snowblowers they build and someone else sells under their own name?

Any of the good quality companies doing this otherwise? Someone has to be building for Craftsman?

Any information or thoughts would be helpful.

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No, Ariens is not currently building snowblowers for any other brand name. They have in the past, but not for 15 years or so..
In the 1970's Ariens built some snowblowers for Cub Cadet and Bolens,
and in the 1990's they built some for John Deere..but none since 2001.

Current Craftsmans are built by MTD for USA Sears stores, and probably built by Husquvarna for Canadian Sears stores..

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Much thanks..... Just wondered if they were building something that was an Ariens in a different color that might be worthy of consideration....

I'm torn between a Compact 24 and a Deluxe 24..... But either way, with proper care and maintenance either will last me for years to come in the mild Indiana winters....

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sno-tek is an entry level ariens made machine, not built like the models you are thinking of, but imho, as good or better than any of the other machines at the same price. with that said, ALMOST any low dollar machine should last for years if treated and maintained properly.
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I'm torn between a Compact 24 and a Deluxe 24..... But either way, with proper care and maintenance either will last me for years to come in the mild Indiana winters....
Just my opinion but you should go for the Deluxe 24 if not for more resale value but also as they have the 14" impeller as opposed to the Compact having a 12" impeller and have a 254cc AX engine as opposed to 208cc.

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Ditto on the Deluxe. Let us know how things go with your dealer!
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Thanks.... I'm actually waiting on the new local Ariens dealer to open up. It was at one dealer and they got out of all homeowner stuff even though they sold a great deal of (Deere/Scag/Stihl/Billy Goat/Ariens/Honda)..... Another dealer decided to add to their list of stores and they got the primary salesman to come and sell at this new store. I'm really following the salesman who is a friend and good guy who should give me a decent price and great service (during and after the sale). Supposed to open the doors this month...
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Welcome to the forum Ty

Being in Indiana you might not really need the 14" impeller but but should you get dumped on it's nice to have the capacity to move a lot of snow. You could likely get by with the compact but I'd keep that larger impeller in mind and depending on price difference ...

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Just from a price to dealer support standpoint, are the units sold at Home Depot the same as a full on, authorized, full service shop? Just wondering.... I will buy from a dealer and I'd be willing to pay more for a shop that can service me but I just wondered if they were the exact same!
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Just from a price to dealer support standpoint, are the units sold at Home Depot the same as a full on, authorized, full service shop? Just wondering.... I will buy from a dealer and I'd be willing to pay more for a shop that can service me but I just wondered if they were the exact same!
If the model # is the same, then the machine is identical. There are models that dealers sell that Home Depot doesn't, like the Platinum series. All come with the same warranty and all are serviced at an Arien's authorized dealer. Like others have mentioned though, buying at Home Depot would probably put you at the end of the line if you need warranty service as opposed to buying it from that dealer.

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