Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Lowell area, MA
What's making you consider the change? The Ariens has a significantly bigger engine. But if the Yamaha is a hydrostatic transmission, then the larger engine would seem like maybe one of the main advantages to the Ariens? Yamahas are rare here in the US, so I see them as kind of an exotic, higher-end machine than Ariens.
Does the Yamaha have any features to make it easier to turn? That might be another benefit to the Ariens, having Auto-Turn. But Auto Turn can introduce its own problems, sometimes it does not want to just go straight, and can be pulled off to the side, at least with wheels.
The EFI on the Ariens is a somewhat controversial topic. Some people really like it, some do not. There are not a lot of EFI machines in the field yet, I suspect, but there have been some reports here of problems with the EFI system. Personally, at the moment, I would feel that a carburetor is a more-proven system. You could buy a spare carburetor and just keep it on the shelf, for less than the price of some of the EFI components, if you were worried about a carburetor getting clogged.
Ariens 1024 Pro
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