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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2019, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Arians Classic 24 or Cub Cadet 208cc 24

I had posted another thread that went off the rails.

Heres what i can see as the differences as someone with no knowledge.

Arians : All Metal, solid reputation, large local dealership network

Cub Cadet : Some Plastic (chute), Light, Hand Warmers

Both w/ 3 year warranty. Total price difference is that the Ariens is $57 more after shipping and taxes. I am leaning towards the Arians but just hoping to know if the classic 24 is a good machine.. I know Arians as history would tell are one of the best but does this paply to their new machines?

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For a $57 dollar diff, I壇 say ariens.


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One thing the Cub has is trigger steering. You need an Ariens Deluxe or higher to get auto-turn. Ariens describes the steering on the Classic as "pin lock". I had a look at the manual, and it has an old school freewheeling setup. In other words, solid axle and you can unlock either the left or right wheel to make turning easier at the expense of turning the machine into a one wheel drive snowblower. If you want a manual for a current version of an Ariens you can just look up the model number on their web site, then punch in all 9s for the serial number. Or at least that seems to work so far.

Classic shares a manual with the Compact series and actually weighs a bit less. Ariens doesn't list the weight of the Classic on their web site, but it's in the manual. I'm thinking the Classic 24 is basically a Compact 24 with a smaller engine, no light, smaller wheels, and an aluminum gearbox instead of the cast iron used on the compact.

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Ariens was more durable, so you'll just have to ask yourself how you feel about power steering, handwarmers, and a light.

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I agree with the others and I'd get the Ariens. I have the Ariens Deluxe 24 now and while I realize that's over your budget, I have had older ones that didn't have the auto-turn, just a straight shaft and not even the option to make it one-wheel drive. Those were an upper-body workout to turn at the end of a row (but still easier than shoveling!). There was nothing wrong with them, but I ended up giving them to relatives. (Long boring story.) I do like the Deluxe 24 very much so far but acknowledge that it's only a year old so hasn't been used much.
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i would go with the ariens for sure. they run much smoother and the metal and paint quality is much better. they are starting to slowly switch over to plastic though. i was shocked when i started my new job this year i pulled off the belly pan and they have an all plastic friction wheel now
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Thanks everyone for the help and opinions. I went with the Arians. I appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions!
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I do like the trigger steering tho


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Avoid the cub cadet. Trigger steering is nice, but not worth the trade off. The Ariens compact is a much nicer machine.

For a little more then the Ariens, the toro 824 is a even better option, in my opinion.

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