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post #1 of 44 Old 01-30-2020, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Big Box Strikes Again

This poor guy. Typical box store assembly. If he couldn't turn a wrench a great machine would've been returned and dismissed a crap. Good for him for trying to use a dealer and know exactly what he was getting into with box stores.

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Wow, That's messed up and totally unacceptable, I can't believe Ariens / Honda even allow their products to be sold by these clowns! I know they sell a lot of machines through them but someone who has no clue would be blaming the manufacturer for this! I'd bring it back and send the video to Ariens
That was painful to watch!

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There's a moral to that story but I have no idea what it is.

Could be:
  • Don't but in big box stores but he had no option.
  • Buy at your local retailer, but they didn't return the calls.
  • Buy a leftover but that's not what he wanted.
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Wow, that is bad. Obviously the high school kid that put it together can't read or understand basic skills.
However, when I bought my Ariens, I can't say that the dealer did all that great either...not as bad, but close. The machine was delivered and just about every adjustment and lubrication point that should have been prior to delivery had not been done. I spent about an hour going through the whole machine to get it set to spec. Not surprised by the set up however, as this dealer has never left me warm and fuzzy on any of my purchases.
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have had people tell me they bought brand new machines from the Honda dealer that barely had any oil on the stick.

it's been second nature for me to check everyone's work.

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OUCH! but nothing new around here also from both box stores ,
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Ariens needs to see this vid. His local Lowe's where he purchased it also needs to see it. This is way beyond acceptable.

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Stuff like this is why when no local dealer could match the price I found online, I was perfectly content to just order one and let it arrive in a crate for me to assemble.
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not surprising. most people that are skilled enough to assemble these machine are likely "overqualified" to work at the store.

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Some assembly required.

My first Toro Recycler was from a dealer. When he was showing me the mower he had it out front and started it up a couple times to show me how the Personal Pace worked, so it ran for a couple minutes. I bought that mower and I was so excited when I got home I started mowing with it right away, about half way across the yard it stalled, I thought it was out of gas so I looked and there was plenty so I fired it up a went about five more feet and it stopped again but this time when I went to pull the rope it wouldn't budge. Took it back right away and when he was looking it over he pulled the dip stick and not a drop of oil in there. He immediately went running to the back of the shop and I could hear him yelling all the way out front.

Now you might say part of this may of been my fault for not checking the oil and gas when I got home but I figured he wouldn't of started it up if it didn't have any oil in it, would he!!!

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