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Talking New Arrival - EFI Platinum 24 SHO

Well, it finally arrived - my new EFI Platinum 24 SHO.

When the machine unloaded, the first thing I noticed was how big the engine appeared on a relatively modest-sized 24" machine. That 369 cc power plant should throw snow to Nebraska. I also noticed the metal housing around the impeller is larger than on my previous machines (perhaps due to the 14" impeller?). Overall, a beefy look.

Also, due to the EFI, no widgets on the motor. No primer, choke or fuel shut-off valve. The engine block looks clean and simple.

The operators panel has all the controls, including the "On" switch (key), chute controls, hand warmer switch and wheel/auger handles. The most interesting feature is the "Power" dial, which allows one to adjust engine speed, and power output. On the the low settings, the engine is amazingly quiet. On high settings, it roars.

As advertised, the EFI engine starts with a single pull. The dealer assures me that it will start the same in any temperature, humidity or altitude. The CPU for EFI monitors and controls for those variables, and others. Also, with no carburetor, virtually no issues with gas left in the machine. Regardless, the dealer urged me to use fuel stabilizer, and at least 89 octane gas, with no more than 10% ethanol.

Once you turn on the switch, you hear a short one-second "whirr", as the EFI system activates. Then, one need only pull the recoil cord once. If it starts like this in mid-winter, as promised, I doubt I'll ever use the electric start.

The Autoturn feature works like a dream. I never tried Autoturn prior to the "re-balancing" Ariens did on this year's machines (moving the axel closer to the auger). But, this version works beautifully. Just a slight nudge on one handle (best when done in a "pulling" motion), and the machine easily pivots. Effortless!

My dealer here in western MA, Acres Power Equipment, did a great job of setting-up the machine. They installed the poly-skid shoes, as I requested, with about 1/16" clearance (I have a smooth driveway). The bucket is level, and the chute adjustment is perfect - no friction. They also zip-tied all the cables to the frame, and even filled the unit with gas and stabilizer. They also honored the $1799 "promotional price" (some dealers nearby offer the same machine for $2029). If you live anywhere near East Longmeadow, MA, I highly recommend Acres Power Equipment.

That's it for now. Once we get some snow, I'll write a proper review, with photos, and perhaps even a video (if I can conscript my wife into camera duty).

It's fun to finally have the machine. I look forward to confronting old man winter with this weapon.
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Looks like your helper approves of the new blower also. Now I want one.

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Looks like your helper approves of the new blower also. Now I want one.
That's Bailey, the Wonder Dog. Bailey assesses and certifies anything new brought into the home.

Fortunately, the new blower received 3 wags of the tail - code for full acceptance. Whew!
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Wife Friendly

One reason I went for this Ariens EFI 24 SHO, is the female factor.

I travel a lot for work. Hence, my wife is often left to fend for herself during snowstorms.

We can't have our driveway plowed because there's no place to push the snow at the end of the drive (it stays there all winter). The only option is a snow blower.

Our previous blower, a 10 HP Yard Machine, weighed 300 pounds and was a beast to handle - even for me.

This new EFI machine, weighs almost the same, but it's effortless to maneuver. The Autoturn is amazing - like sports car handling.

Also, starting is a breeze. She can pull the cord with little effort.

Finally, the 24" size is handy for steering between cars.

After testing the unit for a short while on our driveway, I'm confident a 125 pound woman can handle it with no issues.
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Very Nice! Many happy decades of ownership for you.

Any chance you could do a vid? I wanna hear it start, and idle, and let it ripp full power.
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One reason I went for this Ariens EFI 24 SHO, is the female factor.

I travel a lot for work. Hence, my wife is often left to fend for herself during snowstorms.

^^^ Makes complete sense !
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Very Nice! Many happy decades of ownership for you.

Any chance you could do a vid? I wanna hear it start, and idle, and let it ripp full power.
I should be able to handle that. I'm presuming I just export the video file as an attachment.

I'll give it a shot.
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Well, I tried posting the video in the message, but it wouldn't load (maybe too big - 225 MB?).

Alternatively, here's a Dropbox link, which should open when you click on it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pf52zud5jw..._1926.m4v?dl=0

I hope that works.
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cant see the vid...but congrats on the new machine, you may be the first on the forum to have one of those efi units !

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