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Zerk grease fittings, Ariens vs. Toro

Hi everybody,

I've pretty much narrowed my new purchase choice down to an Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO, or a Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE.

Even though there are some apples and oranges differences between the two machines, it's almost down to a coin toss for me which one I select.

A surprising difference to me is the absence of Zerk grease fittings on the Toro. I want to minimize maintenance effort, and I would think grease fittings facilitate this.

I feel that this issue probably tips the balance in favor of the Ariens for me.

Feedback would be appreciated. Am I wrong for thinking this could be a problem?

Much thanks in advance!
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Interesting, i did not know that. I remember when auto manufacturers started to do away with greased fittings and instead said "They are all maintenance free" Never did go over well with me.
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Plenty of grease.

This is the transmission of a new Toro HD 826 OXE. There is plenty of grease from the factory.
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I would go with the Deluxe 28 SHO, it's a larger & more substantial machine (though that previous post of the Toro transmission does seem very beefy). The HD928 would be a closer match to the Ariens 28" SHO.

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Those plastic axle bushings on the Toro, even though probably Delrin, look real scary to me. My neighbor has
a 6-7 year old 6HP Ariens with a plastic compression nut by the engagement pulleys that cracked at the end of
last season. I believe if it were a metal nut it would not have cracked and the machine would seem be operating fine.

The machine was bought at a dealer and it just blows my mind the cost-to-market choices that are currently being made
out there in the industry. And I'm a big Ariens fan...........
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Personally I would go with the Ariens.

I know I might be a little biased (I own a 24" Deluxe), and I admit that I have never owned a Toro before, but I wouldn't base the decision on the fact that it has grease fittings and the Toro doesn't. Personally, I love auto turn and is probably the reason why I will be upgrading my Ariens in the next year or two. I was going to mention the larger impeller and cast iron gearbox in the Ariens too, but then I came about this review at Movingsnow.com. It really made me think about why people really like Toro. I kinda want to go out and try one now.

Either way, it sounds like you can't go wrong. Good luck.
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I think I've come to realize that plastic is going to be present in every machine out there. Some use a lot of it both inside and outside, some use just a bit of it. But regardless plastic has been engineered to be better than previous years so take that for what its worth.
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Hi everybody,

I've pretty much narrowed my new purchase choice down to an Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO, or a Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE.

Even though there are some apples and oranges differences between the two machines, it's almost down to a coin toss for me which one I select.

A surprising difference to me is the absence of Zerk grease fittings on the Toro. I want to minimize maintenance effort, and I would think grease fittings facilitate this.

I feel that this issue probably tips the balance in favor of the Ariens for me.

Feedback would be appreciated. Am I wrong for thinking this could be a problem?

Much thanks in advance!

If you "feel" an issue............
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If you "feel" an issue............
I see that jtclays is a senior member, so I assume he's not a troll. Not sure what this is about though.

Thanks for the helpful feedback from the others.

Cheers!

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Simple, If you are in fact for real I apologize. However it seems this site is taking a hit with new "people" that have figured out how to roll around the login. I think Toro not having grease fittings is beyond stupid. It makes no sense to have a steel tube that collects water around a steel shaft and not have any way to lubricate it other than removing it.

What are the apples to oranges differences?

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