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toro 928 1 6.25%
toro 1028 4 25.00%
ariens deluxe 28 sho 10 62.50%
ariens deluxe 30 1 6.25%
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post #1 of 17 Old 10-14-2019, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Help me make my final choice

after all my research I decided to by ariens or toro. I have it narrowed down to four models. The ariens deluxe 28" SHO or deluxe 30" and toro the 928 or 1028. I have a large pad that can park over six cars and it has a incline out and its about 200 feet. Both will be coming from a local dealer.
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none of the above.

anyway cannot help unless you say how much snow you get, wet/dry, budget , elevation, and other variables.

otherwise pick out of a hat.

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They sell Ford, Chevys, and Chrysler, etc .... When it comes down to it, the final decision is yours.


You will get the Ariens camp telling you Ariens, and the Toro camp telling you Toro. Me, I am an Ariens guy, as I have never been a fan of Toro, as my neighbor had a Toro mower, a peice of junk, always breaking down. But that was years ago, and not a snowblower ... I am sure either one will suit you.
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I'd probably go with the SHO. I don't care for the Toro quick stick that much. Everytime you move the chute, the chute deflector's setting has to be reset. On a windy day no matter the chute setting I'm more apt to leave the deflector set. If you must go Toro then I'd choose the 1028 because of the handwarmers that the 928 does not have. I own both brands and both are very good machines.

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Toro 1028 is my vote.

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Both are good machines, I currently own a Toro (smaller, older) and an Ariens (24 platinum).

If you haven't already, visit both dealers and go hands on. Try the controls, compare the overall feel.

I got curious myself and ran a quick comparison on the two lower versions. Here's my results:

Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO
306cc Engine: 306cc
Fuel tank: 0.8 gal
Torque: 17 ft-lb
Auger dia: 14"
Impeller dia: 14"
Auger: serrated
Chute: steel
Chute rotation: 200 deg
Max throwing distance: 55 ft
Steering: auto turn
Gear case: cast iron
Reverse: 2 speeds
Forward: 6 speeds
Tires: 16 x 4.8"
Remote deflector controls: both
Interlocking controls: yes
Hand warmers: yes
Headlight: halogen 20 watt
Weight: 286 lbs
Warranty: 3 years
Length: 58.3", width: 26.4", height: 45.9"

Toro Power Max HD 928 OAE
Engine: 265cc
Fuel tank: 0.9 gal
Torque: n/a
Auger dia: 14"
Impeller dia: 12"
Auger: serrated
Chute: steel
Chute rotation: 200 deg
Max throwing distance: 45 ft
Steering: auto turn
Gear case: aluminum
Reverse: 2 speeds
Forward: 6 speeds
Tires: 16 x 4.8"
Remote deflector controls: both
Interlocking controls: yes
Hand warmers: no
Headlight: LED
Weight: 264 lbs
Warranty: 3 years
Length: 63", width: 29", height: 44.5"
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The Ariens has a more powerful engine and throws more snow, further. Its heavier and smaller than the Toro. And it has hand warmers. Augers are the same size, the impeller is 2" larger on the Ariens.

The Ariens uses shear pins to fault, the Toro claims its it's hardened gears can withstand any jam without shear pins. (Its engine just stops dead, not convinced this is all that good for an engine).

Speaking as an Ariens owner, I would buy again. Best machine I've ever owned. And it outsells all other brands. The Toro still runs great (my backup machine), but it's made of less expensive materials. (In all fairness however, I haven't looked at the 928 other than online).

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Both are good machines, I currently own a Toro (smaller, older) and an Ariens (24 platinum).

If you haven't already, visit both dealers and go hands on. Try the controls, compare the overall feel.

I got curious myself and ran a quick comparison on the two lower versions. Here's my results:

Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO
306cc Engine: 306cc
Fuel tank: 0.8 gal
Torque: 17 ft-lb
Auger dia: 14"
Impeller dia: 14"
Auger: serrated
Chute: steel
Chute rotation: 200 deg
Max throwing distance: 55 ft
Steering: auto turn
Gear case: cast iron
Reverse: 2 speeds
Forward: 6 speeds
Tires: 16 x 4.8"
Remote deflector controls: both
Interlocking controls: yes
Hand warmers: yes
Headlight: halogen 20 watt
Weight: 286 lbs
Warranty: 3 years
Length: 58.3", width: 26.4", height: 45.9"

Toro Power Max HD 928 OAE
Engine: 265cc
Fuel tank: 0.9 gal
Torque: n/a
Auger dia: 14"
Impeller dia: 12"
Auger: serrated
Chute: steel
Chute rotation: 200 deg
Max throwing distance: 45 ft
Steering: auto turn
Gear case: aluminum
Reverse: 2 speeds
Forward: 6 speeds
Tires: 16 x 4.8"
Remote deflector controls: both
Interlocking controls: yes
Hand warmers: no
Headlight: LED
Weight: 264 lbs
Warranty: 3 years
Length: 63", width: 29", height: 44.5"
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The Ariens has a more powerful engine and throws more snow, further. Its heavier and smaller than the Toro. And it has hand warmers. Augers are the same size, the impeller is 2" larger on the Ariens.

The Ariens uses shear pins to fault, the Toro claims its it's hardened gears can withstand any jam without shear pins. (Its engine just stops dead, not convinced this is all that good for an engine).

Speaking as an Ariens owner, I would buy again. Best machine I've ever owned. And it outsells all other brands. The Toro still runs great (my backup machine), but it's made of less expensive materials. (In all fairness however, I haven't looked at the 928 other than online).

Which is why i said 28 sho
bigger motor
bigger impeller
blows snow better

heated grips
better value for the money
not and ariens homer
its just better
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As you can see the the video above. The Toro has no problem in deep snow and the chute control are the best. As for the engine size, With Toro's design , it doesn't require a larger engine like other brands.

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