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My Pre-Snow reaction and review of my new Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO!

I got a lot of information on here - both on my previous posts, and reading / searching through old posts. Finally I had decided on the Ariens 28" Deluxe SHO for the extra horsepower. I probably could have gotten by with the 24" or 24" Compact, but I figured I was best off future proofing myself. We consider our current home a "5-year" home, that we just purchased in March. The day after we took ownership, it dumped snow on us. Welcome to home ownership, have fun shoveling a 100' diveway.

Anyways, I ended up ordering a Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO 921048 from SnowBlowersDirect.com - had it shipped to my work, where we have a dock and forklifts. They shipped it by R&L Carriers with delivery notification. Now... for those who don't know, this means the Freight Carrier will call you to confirm delivery 24hr in advance of the delivery. Not wanting to wait, I called R&L right away and confirmed it was a commercial address.... open normal biz hours... all worked out great there. I use R&L as one of my carriers at work anyways. It arrived in great shape, and I had my shipping/receiving guys load it up with a fork lift into the back of my truck.

The hardest part of delivery? When I got it home, getting it out of the back of my truck unassisted. I had planned on borrowing my neighbor if needed, but they weren't home... so I luckily was able to pull my truck off the driveway enough, lower the air suspension to entry/exit mode to reduce the distance to the ground. I slid it off the tailgate - but once on the ground it wasn't going anywhere - all 260lbs of shipping weight for the pallet and all. So I cut apart the box in place, and rolled the unit off the pallet.

Assembly was easy. The whole concern of using a local shop so they can assemble it for you is a pretty mute point unless you hate tools. I work on race cars... and I would barely rate the assembly on this as a one beer job. The only way you can consider this a one beer job is if you start the unit and listen to it run for about 1/2 the beer. You basically just need to check the fluid levels, check the front scraper bar dealio (mine was set out of the box) and then assemble the snow shute. Simple!

I started it today, let it run for a minute... shut it down - let it sit for a bit, and then gave the electric start a shot. Solid. Love it. I honestly cannot wait for a good snowfall now.

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I have already purchased the Ariens cover, and also the poly sliders. I have yet to install the sliders.
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Nice unit. Enjoy using it. Be sure to read your owners manual.

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Nice unit. Enjoy using it. Be sure to read your owners manual.
I have - even read it online while the unit was still in transit!
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Congrats on a sweet new machine!

Never hurts to have access to a loading dock etc. also saved you the lift gate service. Regarding the assembly good to hear no issues, the Quick Turn Chute would likely be more complex and require some adjustment when compared to the over the dash crank chute.

Best of luck with your new beast.

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Congrats on a sweet new machine!

Never hurts to have access to a loading dock etc. also saved you the lift gate service. Regarding the assembly good to hear no issues, the Quick Turn Chute would likely be more complex and require some adjustment when compared to the over the dash crank chute.

Best of luck with your new beast.
Thanks!!!

I do plan on installing the poly skids within the next week. I have them and the cover sitting in my garage.

Do you guys all use the snowblower sprays at all? Are they necessary?
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Thanks!!!

I do plan on installing the poly skids within the next week. I have them and the cover sitting in my garage.

Do you guys all use the snowblower sprays at all? Are they necessary?
I've never used a spray, never needed it. Been blowing snow for about 25 years.
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10-4... good to know. Thanks!
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Regarding the spray on non stick. I saw cans of Snow Jet at HD the other day and think I might try it out this year. Went on to their website and seems that the coats build up as you apply more. Never used it in the past only put a nice coat of wax on at the start of each season and that works well.
Best of luck with the new machine.
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Regarding the spray on non stick. I saw cans of Snow Jet at HD the other day and think I might try it out this year. Went on to their website and seems that the coats build up as you apply more. Never used it in the past only put a nice coat of wax on at the start of each season and that works well.
Best of luck with the new machine.
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