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new ariens heavier than older 90's models

i wouldve thought opposite, but this new deluxe 28' is noticeably heavier than my 99've thought opposite but the new construction seems to be pretty. beefy.....not that im complaining @ all just an observation...heavy is good
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Yeah - they are not geting lighter. I don't know that you can attribute it to the quality per se -- cheaper softer steel is heavier also.

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The SHO models are a bit heavier.
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Ariens builds a good quality machine, the industry trend is to build with cheaper materials like plastics/polymers and so called high strength steel which is often paper thin (likely for cost cutting, like manufacturing in Mexico or China) without the nice rolled top edge that Ariens still incorporates on their auger housings. Ariens is one of the few companies that has stayed true to their mission of building a quality, long-lasting machine made in the U.S.A. with the exception of the U.S. designed but China manufactured engines like every other manufacturer today.
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I don't notice much difference in the overall weight of my machine compared to my 2004 Craftsman 11/30. This is when I lift the machines up to the maintenance position.

Where I notice the weight difference is in the balance front to back. The Ariens has much more weight on the bucket. I like this because it keeps the bucket down and it does not ride up over the heavier snow. Perhaps not a perfect solution but is very simple and a great compromise compared to the Toro Powershift where the drive wheels are moved backward to put more weight on the bucket or tracked machines where more weight can be transferred to the bucket by track adjustment.

Just my 2 cents CAD.

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Big change is the location of the axle. See the 2:00 thru 2:15 mark on my video.

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