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post #1 of 31 Old 10-27-2014, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Sears Craftsman 30" 88396 or Ariens Deluxe 30

Hey all, love these forums as they help simple people like myself make semi educated decisions. I've been plowing my 250' driveway with my John Deere lawn tractor for the past 8 years and after last year I said enough is enough. Plowing just was just pushing the snow into mounds and I find my driveway getting narrower and narrower. Plowing at the end of the driveway was a real challenge especially when the street plows go by.

So I decided to take the plunge and purchase a snowblower. The two I looking at which are conveniently located by me are the Ariens Deluxe 30 from Home Depot and and Craftsman 30" model 88396. The Craftsman is $100 less, seems to have a larger engine, comes with drift cutters and the Ariens seems to have be a little better built but what do I know. Do you think the Craftsman would have more power with a bigger engine? Is the extra dough for the Ariens worth it? Any input would be appreciated. I want to complete this purchase before these units are out of stock.

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Ariens is extending the 3-year warranty to 5-years, its their current promotion. However, you need to purchase and register by 10/31.

I would go w/ the Ariens. Mostly because I have had poor luck w/ Craftsman (mowers) in the past ... and what I read here from multiple different posters. I'm sure they'll chime in soon!

PS, I'd buy from a local dealer instead of Home Depot, that's just so you have a knowledgeable person to do address any set-up problems. However, if you think you may want a return and full refund, it sounds like HD has been great to work with for some with problems (not sure if most of those problems are partially/fully HD lack of set-up).
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for only $100 savings for similar sized machine the ariens is a no brainer. my brother bought a craftsman around 15 years ago. he still has it but has had numerous issues with it
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hello rieltime, welcome to SBF!! I have to agree with brick city even if the ariens cost more. personally I wouldn't be looking at craftsman snowblowers

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Thanks all for your input. Since I have a Lowes nearby I might as well put the Troy-Bilt XP Storm 3090 XP into the conversation. This unit has the same size engine and the same price as the Craftsman. It also offers heated handgrips. Any thoughts?
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Also, I just noticed that I do have Toro dealers nearby (not HD). Are they worth a look? Sorry for all the questions as I'm hoping I only need to do this once. ;-)
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I would only be looking at Ariens and Toro if you are buying new. Honda is good too, but expensive. Some of the Briggs built machines are suppose to be decent. Troy Bilt is MTD and made cheaper. Most Craftsman are MTD as well, but some might be AYP which would mean made by Husquavarna.

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Yea, I just looked up the Toro's and they are out of my budget as is the Honda. Do you think the engine in the Arien's Deluxe 30 will hold up on heavy snow amounts? Would the Deluxe 28" be a better option?
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