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24” Due for upgrade

Hi, looking for advice on a new purchase. Currently have a 1970s Ariens 24”. Works but doesn’t really throw snow far enough anymore. Ready to upgrade. Considering 24” platinum SHO or one year old Honda 724 AWD for the same price (used on Craigslist). What would you guys do? Have a pretty flat driveway so i don’t think i need tracks. Thanks in advance!
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24 sho is beast has the best torque and hp per bucket width on the market
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Myself, I wish I still had my 1974 10000 series. Were it me, I'd rebuild it and go another 40 years!

Having said that, since I don't have mine anymore, the 24" Platinum is very nice, albeit overkill for a lot of places.
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24 sho is beast has the best torque and hp per bucket width on the market
What he said goes for me also.

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Welcome to the SBF from Gettysburg...Big fan of Ariens!

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!!
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I vote for the Ariens Platinum. Likely the last machine you’ll ever buy.

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I Vote for Do an Impeller Seal and Chute Upgrade on Your Current Machine, and a Predator Repower if the Engine is Tired.
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I'm with Jack on this one … I just finished this 10M4 from like 65 …. runs super … even though I have a B&S on it, my 10M6 has the predator, runs even better … solid machines, easy to work on.

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I agree with Jack, impeller kit and a repower with a Predator engine, then a trip to a welder to lengthen the chute.

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I have a double driveway, and have no trouble throwing snow with the original setup on the 10M4 … I start down the center and before I know it, I'm done …. I will admit though, my Yardman 7100 , 26 inch will out throw it in a heart beat, but then again, a bigger and more powerful beast …

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