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post #1 of 27 Old 12-10-2015, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Need to choose between Ariens and Yanmar

Hi all,
this seems to be the world-wide only snowblower forum (and I hope, that this is the right forum for my question).

My spinals disks christmas wish for this year is to discard the shovel and by a snowblower. I'd really like to fulfill this desire but I'm having a very hard time finding the proper machine.
The problem is that I have to clean (at least) two extremely different areas. One is a flat parking lot with partial highly compressed (by snowplow) snow. Second is a narrow and serpentine path climbing a small hill up to a house.
My first choice was a Ariens Compact 24 LET. But according to my local dealer I would need more power to clear the compressed snow. It should be at least a Ariens 28 model. Or - as he said - the Yanmar YSR765C, that would be able to handle compressed snow, although it has e.g. less power and a smaller impeller diameter.
So I have to choose between a more or less leight Compact 24 LET which is said not to handle heavy snow, a 125 kg ST 28 LET Deluxe (which is listed only in a catalog of my dealer), that very likely will end up as a snow bowl rolling down the hill (certainly together with me) and a Yanmar model, that is leight weighted (88 kg), but has a smaller engine and a kind of baroque design (many stand-away parts and cables) and - not to forget - a 1k-plus price.
To come (finally ) to my question: is anybody able to evaluate the performances (and maybe differences in quality) of the Ariens Compact 24 LET, a Ariens 28 (whatever) compared to the Yanmar YSR765C.

With greetings from my spinal
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I don't know enough about the Yanmar to offer a good discussion on the advantages in one over the other, sorry.


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I don't know if the specs for the models here would be the same as the models there.

I would think the 28 Deluxe and the Yanmar would be the two choices and I'm not sure why you think the Ariens would rool down the hill any easier than the Yanmar.

Can you post some info on what engines, impeller size ....

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Is Honda HSS928 or Yamaha YT(J)1028 an option there?
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We welcome you and your spinal cord to SBF Alex.

Looking over what your post said, and comparing the specs on those snowblowers, I really can't see why the Ariens would be any less likely to handle the snow conditions than the Yanmar. It may just be the two things you pointed out...the Ariens is only listed in his catalog, and the Yanmar is 1K more...

I think plenty of our members here will be able to tell you how well the Ariens works in packed snow from first hand experience.

As was suggested, consider looking at other brands like Honda and Yamaha as well as the Ariens and Yanmar, and consider visiting other dealerships if you can.

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.
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Yep, I agree with everyone..
those two particular snowblower have basically equal performance..
I found the Yanmar listed as "7hp"..
which is probably about the same as the Ariens..

given that your location says "European Alps" I would say both are a bit under-powered!
can you give us more detail about your annual snow fall amounts?
and is it generally "dry" cold fluffy slow? or "wet" heavy slushy snow?

With these two models, one isnt any better than the other when it comes to chewing through "EOD" snow. (EOD means "End of Driveway", and it means the heavy hills left behind by snowplows)

One advantage the Yanmar has is this case is the tracks..
But..Ariens also has models with tracks.

Tracks are good for hills..although if the hill isnt too steep, a regular wheeled snowblower is fine too. can you post a photo of your serpentine path?

You really need to compare the Yanmar with a tracked Ariens of similar specs to make a meaningful comparison.

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Any toro dealers? 928oxe, How about yammaha or can your dealer get you an ariens platinm 24 SHO

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