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Ariens 24 SHO or Platinum or Deluxe

Hello,

I have been shopping for a new snow blower to replace my ST824 and I have been looking at the following models:

Platinum 24 SHO
Platinum 24 (leftover last yearís model)
Deluxe 24

I looked at a new Deluxe 24 yesterday and it had the bigger tires and remote deflector like the Platinum models. I was wondering if the 254 CC engine on the Deluxe is sufficient or if I will be shooting myself for not getting one of the Platinums with the 291 CC or 304 CC engines?

I could add hand warmers to the Deluxe and save $200 - $400 or I can get the leftover Platinum for a couple of hundred dollars less than the SHO.

Any suggestions on which model to go with?

I live in Central NY and we get hit pretty hard with snow, but my 8 hp compact ST824 has worked fine for many years.

Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the forum.

No matter which one you get, you will see a huge improvement over your ST824.

My father has a ST1136 and we ran my deluxe 30 side by side last winter. I was moving more snow and pitching it farther then his. Granted he was chewing up and additional 6" more width than me.

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Would you consider a Ariens SUPER Deluxe 28 921036 342cc Two-Stage Snow Blower? On EBAY and other vendors Goes for around $1350.



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A 28 would be nice, but it is too big. A 24 is the max width that will allow me to pull it out of our garage without having to back one of the cars out.
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I looked at a new Deluxe 24 yesterday and it had the bigger tires and remote deflector like the Platinum models. I was wondering if the 254 CC engine on the Deluxe is sufficient or if I will be shooting myself for not getting one of the Platinums with the 291 CC or 304 CC engines?
Welcome aboard!

I had a 2014 with the 254cc engine, but on a 28" wide bucket. We get some substantial (typically wet) snow falls and the engine felt a bit stressed at times when traversing the heavy stuff. However, I was always impressed how far the Ariens could throw snow. Maybe the 254cc would be 'just right' on a 24" machine. I was not aware they did an SHO version.

Good luck, and happy shopping.

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bniez,
What did you choose? I'm looking at the Deluxe 24 vs the Platinum 24 SHO. A friend of mine purchased the Compact 24 two years ago and wishes it had a bit more umph! I don't mind hand warmers and the improved chute direction control on the Platinum, but I'm more interested in the 'power'! I read somewhere that the new 24 SHO has the Generation III engine, which too may be a plus (on top of the extra power). I could go 28", but think 24" is fine (what I'm used to and smaller storage footprint plus easier to move around ... I don't have a ton of sq ft to plow).
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I would get the SHO. Nothing wrong with a bigger motor for the wet heavy snows. Price point is not much different.

Unless you get a screaming deal on last years model.

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What exactly changed from last year to this year? I was looking at the Platinum 24 as well, then all of a sudden they are called SHO, I think the engine is slightly bigger? 294 vs 301 or something, might just be a typo or something, either way I am likely getting one as an upgrade from my 624e.
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