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Regret getting 24 over 28inch?

Hello all. I've basically narrowed my choices down to an Ariens Platinum 24 SHO (306cc) or a Ariens Deluxe 28 Plus (291cc). The SHO is a smidgen more powerful, especially when looking at intake/power ratio, but I'm not certain if it makes a difference in the real world. My clearing area is about 1700-1800 square feet in Northern Ontario Canada. Has anyone here regretted going a smaller width? I don't really care about the heated handgrips nor having non-standard parts on the SHO but the smaller 4 inches decrease would make moving it by cars easier.

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Well, with the ease of getting by things, and larger engine, the smaller one would be able to handle deeper snow easier. Just my 2 cents.

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I had a 30" 10.5hp blower previous, and although it was nice to not make those couple of extra passes up and down the drive the 23" and 24" I have now are much easier to handle and maneuver on the sidewalks. I live in the city area.

If you live in a rural area and don't have pedestrian walkways to deal with, get the 28" machine. If you live in an urban or suburban area, go with the 24".
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There always seems to be two schools of thought. Bigger is always better and getting the smallest blower to get the job done effeciently. I personally prefer the smallest I can reasonably use and not be under or overpowered. My driveway is about 30 ' x 10' and a sidewalk about 60' length. I use a Toro 521 or in most cases my Toro Power Clear. I got rid of my old Gilson 826 before the first snowflake ever fell, after moving from a house that had a driveway about 200' x 15'. Some guys think the other way and always toss in the EOD factor. Where I live that is a non issue. I can tell you that with the older technology blowers without auto turn and individual steering clutches, that bigger is harder to use. I don't even enjoy blowing snow so I try to make it as easy on myself as possible. Also I'm kind of a frugal type and I'm not going to spend lots of $$ for something I hardly ever use. If I were in a big snow belt area I would probably change my thinking but for me smaller is better. I'm done now.

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I told GRUNT this in another thread. I live up here in the frozen tundra of MINNESOTA. growing up every body in my hood had those snow pups. my old man had one of those snow flyers made by some outfit. but there was this one guy that had a ARIENS OR a simplicity that was fairly good size. so that made him the big man in my hood. from that day and time I vowed to myself that some day I would have the biggest, meanest snow blower to lay waste to this frozen tundra that we endure for months on end here. and for 50 days and 50 nights I would spend making THE MASTERPIECE better, faster and stronger than before.: cool:

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I told GRUNT this in another thread. I live up here in the frozen tundra of MINNESOTA. growing up every body in my hood had those snow pups. my old man had one of those snow flyers made by some outfit. but there was this one guy that had a ARIENS OR a simplicity that was fairly good size. so that made him the big man in my hood. from that day and time I vowed to myself that some day I would have the biggest, meanest snow blower to lay waste to this frozen tundra that we endure for months on end here. and for 50 days and 50 nights I would spend making THE MASTERPIECE better, faster and stronger than before.: cool:
so which makes me a bigger man.. a 24 inch SUPER HIGH OUTPUT or a 28 inch deluxe plus? lol
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I told GRUNT this in another thread. I live up here in the frozen tundra of MINNESOTA. growing up every body in my hood had those snow pups. my old man had one of those snow flyers made by some outfit. but there was this one guy that had a ARIENS OR a simplicity that was fairly good size. so that made him the big man in my hood. from that day and time I vowed to myself that some day I would have the biggest, meanest snow blower to lay waste to this frozen tundra that we endure for months on end here. and for 50 days and 50 nights I would spend making THE MASTERPIECE better, faster and stronger than before.: cool:
Hey Todd, that sounds more like a Bible verse about the six million dollar man.

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My Ariens Platinum 24 is definitely easier to handle than some other 30" machines that I've used in the past, but the ball bearing Briggs 250cc engine on the 2010 model I have will only throw the snow about 50 feet...
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That Ariens Platinum SHO 24 looks pretty sweet… you get a lot of power in a smaller package. In sure it was designed for someone that lives in a high snowfall area but has many obstacles to maneuver around. So if you’re going to make a lot of quick turns and have to back up a lot I think this blower would be a good one.

The other good thing about it is that you have a small intake of 24’’ and a bigger engine with a 14’’ inch impeller so I would assume this machine could toss snow a good distance. It’s pretty much a supped up 24’’ snow blower.

Thinking out loud Since the 24’’ inch is taking a smaller bite maybe you could blow snow in a higher gear or two rather than dropping down a gear with a 28’’ It would be interesting to do a side by side comparison with both machines with equal square footage and equal snow depth and type.

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so which makes me a bigger man.. a 24 inch SUPER HIGH OUTPUT or a 28 inch deluxe plus? lol
get the 28 inch you will not regret it.

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