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EFI - "Hunkers Down"

Like everyone in the North East, we got hit with the Big storm today - likely 18 to 20 inches.

I just got in from clearing the first 10 inches (making 2 passes), with the EFI Ariens Platinum 24 I purchased in the fall. (EFI = Electronic Fuel Injection).

A few months ago, I posted a review on this machine. But, this is the first time I've used it on a big bunch of snow.

Going through the 10" of regular snow, the machine easily throws it 50 feet without breathing hard (369 cc engine is big for a 24" blower).

But, the EOD gunk is where the EFI technology really shines. Instead of bogging down in the thick sludge, like my MTD used to, the EFI engine just gets ferocious, and hunkers down. The engine CPU automatically senses the load to recalibrate fuel delivery, and maintain engine RPM. If anything, the RPM's increase as the load becomes heavier.

Even when I have "Power Dial" cranked to maximum output, the machine finds another gear and just gobbles the gunk. Pretty easy.

It reminds me a bit of my walking my 90-lb. dog on a leash. Once he decides he wants to smell something out of leash-range, he lowers his center of gravity, hunkers down, and motors toward the scent, dragging me with him (lovely dog - but undisciplined).

The EFI engine feels a bit the same (although it doesn't drag me - mercifully). As soon as it encounters resistance, it muscles-up, and motors forward.

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Glad to hear she is working out for you....I get to use my new deluxe 24 for just the third time today,hopefully she will not let me down in the Eod.

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Great review Strato! thanks!

As much as I love my '71 Ariens, it does *not* behave that way in dense EOD snow!
It still works fine, but I just have to slow down its forward speed myself, manually, so it can handle the load..

Nice to hear modern technology is working great!

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I have Many Snowblowers with Different Engines. I must say, the Larger L-Head Tecumsehs have Plenty of torque, and Aggressive Timing. Just Today I used my 1976 10-32, and that Governor Really Kicks in when I hit some Resistance. There's no Replacement for Displacement....
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I am *so* jealous...

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