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Help choosing new snowblower!

Hi everyone! New to this site and have been researching snowblowers for a few weeks now. Struggling to make my final decision and would love any input people might have.

I live in Western MA and we get a few big storms each year that drop a lot of heavy, wet snow. I have a small 2 car driveway and a small area out back I like to clear. I’m looking for 2 stage and under $1200 and have narrowed it down to a few options:

Ariens 24” Deluxe - $1100
Ariens 28” Deluxe - $1200
Husqvarna st224p - $1000
Husqvarna st227p - $900

I’ve read about a ton of issues with the 227p so I’m a bit reluctant to pull the trigger on one. I do like the options offered with both Husqvarna models (heated grips, power steering, LED light). We have a local Ariens dealer which is convenient since I know very little about making repairs except for simple stuff.

Any advice!? Thanks in advance!!

Ryan
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Hi Ryan and welcome to the Forum. I like Ariens. I've had a new Husqvarna before but it was an older model before the present configurations. I liked it well enough but wanted to move on to more features. I don't care for the dash and controls on the new Huskys and I'm not sure if it's the distance the control panel comes out or the controls or what. I want you to hold your breath for a moment and consider the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO. I know it's a bit more $$ but you do get some additional HP to help you with the wet heavy snow.

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Everytime I worked on a Husky...even though it was less then 5 years old....parts were NLA.....go Ariens......
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Welcome to the SBF from Gettysburg..Big fan of Ariens and the quality of the product...Good luck!
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I have a new Ariens 28 Deluxe, and it is a great machine. If I were to do it again I’d probably splurge on the 28 SHO to get a bigger motor. The AX 254 cc motor on the 28 Deluxe ( non-SHO) is probably plenty of power for most storms we get in MD, but I’m always a fan of having more power than you need. Also the SHO has a larger auger drive pulley so the auger spins a bit faster and will throw the snow further.


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Don't overlook the Dr Pro28, a lot of blower for under $1,000! https://www.drpower.com/Power-Equipm...r/p/SB13128DEN
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Both of the Ariens are 254cc, I would not buy the st224 with the 208cc engine, that isn't enough power. The Ariens machines both have 14" impellers with dual belt drive and cast iron auger gear case instead of aluminum. For function it is Ariens all day long. The 24 SHO should be a consideration too, I think that has a 306cc engine. The more power the better. I have run my 10 year old 1027 next to a new st224. I covered nearly twice the area in the same time with double the casting distance.

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Don't overlook the Dr Pro28, a lot of blower for under $1,000! https://www.drpower.com/Power-Equipm...r/p/SB13128DEN

That machine seems to include all of the desired features...except reputation. I would hesitate to buy it for that reason.
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Don't overlook the Dr Pro28, a lot of blower for under $1,000! https://www.drpower.com/Power-Equipm...r/p/SB13128DEN

If you care (some people do, some don't), Ariens and Husquvarna are made in the USA with LCT engines (an American company) sourced from China. DRs are 100% Chinese machines.

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Excerpts from an article a couple years ago about Ariens, regarding the assembly of something to be called made in America:
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All of their products are designed, fabricated, and assembled here in the US and some component parts may be foreign sourced.

It looks like their future engines are going to be sourced from China; we just found this on their website when they describe the origin of their AX Engine: “This change is part of a larger trend that involves a shift of the entire engine supply chain for snow thrower engines from the U.S. to China.”

Looks like Ariens Company may be all Chinese before the end of the decade!
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