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Ariens Hydro Pro Track 28 and Toro Snowmaster 824 QXE

I started out my search for a track snowblower for my steep driveway and I ended up with two. An Ariens Hydro Pro Track 28 and a Snowmaster 824 QXE.

I didn't need nearly as much machine as the Ariens pro, but I wanted tracks and the Ariens non-hydro top speed is half that of the hydro. Plus the hydro just seemed like it would be fun. I almost bought a Honda Hss928atd but got scared away after all the reports of clogging and shear pins breaking so often. I don't mind getting heated grips and 5 extra HP for only a little more money.

Then after buying such a big beast I realized I might want a single stage for the light snow days. But enough dealers convinced me that I would be quite unhappy pushing a traditional single stage up a steep hill. So I decided to give the Snowmaster a shot. It has powered wheels to help climb the hill, yet is light enough that I can (hopefully) help with a push if the wheels start to slip.

At first I was worried about moving the Ariens tracks around the garage, but once it's on the cart it's actually easier and more convenient than a normal machine. It's not even that hard to get on and off the cart while not running. I think it's going to be fine.

I'll report back on how they're doing for the various types of snow I get.




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The only problem I have with the Ariens is that it doesn't match my Craftsman tool chest. Dammit Honda for not making a better 928!! You're messing up the color theme of my garage.


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That Ariens looks like a beast!!

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That Ariens looks like a beast!!
It is! But to be fair it's up on a dolly which makes appear even bigger in the comparison shots. But it's still pretty beefy.

My minimal experience with auto-turn on dry pavement wasn't great. You have to put a decent amount of effort into turning it before anything happens, and then once it does turn it suddenly turns pretty quickly. Long gradual turns are not easy at all. Hopefully it'll work much more smoothly in the snow, which is what really matters.

What worked best on the pavement was to lift the bars slightly while turning. This relieved enough pressure from the tracks so that the auto-turn could detect you were trying to turn. When doing it this way it turned quite easily actually.

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**** that thing looks killer nice setup. Why not find a small 24" older ariens cheap, easy and match

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Two brand new snowblowers at the same time.I've never even owned a new snowblower.I think the newest of my four is a 1988.

Matto,you are legend.
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you will love the Toro snowmaster. In fact Il bet you will use it more the big boy. Faster, easier to maneuver and toss-able. Ill bet you won't use the orange monster that much
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I have a platinum sho with track. The track are awesome, you will love it. I would love to get the pro , but it was out of my budget. Even my platinum can get through a 16" of light snow in highest speed without slowing down.
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Two brand new snowblowers at the same time.I've never even owned a new snow
I've never owned a snow blower at all in entire life before this. I'm just making up for lost time.
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