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Hello I am in the market for a new snowblower and looking for a unit that is 30" or bigger, currently I am looking for at an Ariens platninum sho 30" with a 414cc engine or our local sears hometown store has a craftsman proseries 34" with a 420cc engine.

right now the ariens in running 1899 plus tax and the craftsman is 1799 plus tax

both have similar options, craftsman has led lights on handle bar control area and another one down on top of the snow intake box

looking for a little help with someone that has a little more experience with the modern snowblowers, my old one that failed was a st524 not sure on the year, bought used but after some research it looked like it may have had some years on it
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-19-2020, 05:17 PM
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I would go with the Ariens if only $100.00 more. IMO much better build quality, performance and parts availability.
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Your grandchildren will be able to find parts for the Ariens.
You may not be able to find parts for the Craftsman in 5 years.

Your Ariens certified dealer will perform service.
Who's going to service a Craftsman purchased at a hometown store (assuming it's still in business)?

Ariens is a far better choice in my opinion.

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Personally, I'd probably go with the Ariens. Either is a very big machine, and powerful.

I don't like the stamped sets of individual augers, like on the Craftsman. They aren't joined to each other for strength, so hitting something solid can bend one of the stamped auger "blades".

Check them both out in person, if you haven't already. But I'd probably spend the extra $100 for the smaller machine. I suspect it's designed and built better. No blower is perfect, of course. The Ariens is probably also a little easier to handle, being narrower (though still big). Ariens sometimes has a 5-year warranty for $99, you might see if that's available, it could provide some peace of mind, at a reasonable price.

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I am the owner of a 31" Craftsman. I'd take my chances with the Ariens.

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I think Ariens would be by far the best route, not a clue what or who Craftsman is these days and I don't know they will be around tomorrow. Ariens will be.

As far as lights go, I have found one of the LED headlamps far superior to any fixed light. You can aim and put the light where and as needed.

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I think in the long run you'd be much happier with the Ariens.


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If I had to make that choice today, I would buy the Ariens. It's an investment you may have for 30 years.
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