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$1000 Budget for NEW Snowblower in NJ: Ariens vs. Toro vs. Cub Cadet

looking at a new snowblower as my old one hit the skids.

took a quick trip over to Home Depot to check out their Ariens stock and came across these two:

Ariens Deluxe 24"

Ariens Compact 24"


any thoughts on either of these? why might i go deluxe vs. compact or vice versa?

any other brands i should take a look at?

any issue with buying from HD rather than a dealer?
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I'd stick with either the Ariens or Toro, since you have a decent budget. They will out last the Cub Cadet, if properly cared for.




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Agree - Cub is MTD with a yellow paint job. The compact one is a very capable machine if you don't have the footprint for the Deluxe..... just depends on what fits your needs. I'd be leaning more towards the Deluxe if I lived up where your at though...... if your not the handy DIY type I would consider a dealer purchase for the support after the sale. HD does do a pretty good job, but might lack in turn around and service from time to time. Dealers are more likely to have a better stock of parts on hand in a pinch (albeit more expensive) and get you back to operational faster.




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save your $$ and get the Toro 724 QXE for $750 from Home depot. I too live in NJ and anything larger is a waste. This is an awesome machine, wayyyy more easier to maneuver around then a 2 stage.. By light years

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HD does do a pretty good job, but might lack in turn around and service from time to time.
Home Depot has No service for snowblowers. The part-time "high school boy" that puts snowblowers together for HD can make terrible mistakes. If you end up getting one there, put it together yourself.
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Ariens Deluxe 24 would likely be your best bet it represents the best combo of durability, features and power along with stellar customer support.

Next probably the Toro 826OE a good machine with adequate power but lacks a much needed headlight and not Ariens quality customer support.

Lastly but not a bad machine for most conditions the Cub Cadet 524SWE a good value for the money but only a 208cc engine.

Best of luck on your search and please post some pics once you take delivery.

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Hey all thanks for the replies!

I've narrowed it down to the Ariens 24 Deluxe (921045) or the 28 Deluxe SHO (921048).

Is the uptick in price worth it for the 28 SHO?

Also any reason not to go with Snowblowers Direct?

Thanks!
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If you have the space and don't keep cars close together on your driveway the 28" machine will get you finished faster. The Deluxe 28 is worth the usual $200. more than the Deluxe 24. You will move up to the 306cc engine and also get the SHO specific goodies like: higher speed impeller, different pulleys and belts that all add up to better performance.

Regarding buying online many here will say that it will put you at the bottom of your nearest dealer's list if you need service and during the busy season this is likely true. However with Ariens their phone support is top notch and they may be able to help you without a trip to the dealer. If you are somewhat handy and follow the instructions your assembly/set-up should be fine especially now with the revised axle position. Additionally the over the dash manual crank chute is easy to install.

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If you have the space and don't keep cars close together on your driveway the 28" machine will get you finished faster. The Deluxe 28 is worth the usual $200. More than the Deluxe 24. You will move up to the 306cc engine and also get the SHO specific goodies like: higher speed impeller, different pullies and belts that all add up to better performance.

Regarding buying online many here will say that it will put you at the bottom of your nearest dealer's list if you need service and during the bust season this is likely true. However with Ariens their phone support is top notch and they may be able to help you without a trip to the dealer. If you are somewhat handy and follow the instructions your assembly should be fine especially now with the revised axle position.
local dealer only has Deluxe 24 or the Deluxe 26 SHO.

think we might just go with the Deluxe 24...
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local dealer only has Deluxe 24 or the Deluxe 26 SHO.

think we might just go with the Deluxe 24...
Though the Deluxe 28 SHO will give you more oomph and a beefier engine. You will not go wrong with either one. The 254cc engine is a good fit for the 24 inch auger size but is underpowered in the regular Deluxe 28. Good luck and please post some pics once you have taken delivery.

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