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Question Buying an Ariens Platinum 24 SHO tomorrow

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My name is Mas and live in a north suburb of Chicago. I am planning to purchase a platinum 24 SHO. This will be my first snowblower and I have decided on Ariens based on reviews and word of mouth. I work long hours as a nurse and usually am exhausted when I come home. I want a blower that is strong and doesn't get bogged easily in multiple conditions as there may be times when I am unable to blow until the snow has had hours to get hard. I have looked locally on FB marketplace and offerup for some deals but unable to find any worth the difference in price from new (lack of warranty, unknown maintenance, sketchy sellers, lack of supply, etc.).

I am completely new to the snowblower game and I purchased a home today with an extremely long concrete driveway with multiple cracks throughout. I want to redo the concrete after winter but have to deal with it for the coming season.

I plan on making the purchase at the local ariens service facility as I would be able to easily bring it in for service.

Any tips for slightly uneven surfaces? Did I make the right selection in blower? Any tips or input would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the forum! The Platinum SHO is an excellent choice. Most years it will be overkill, but then you will get hit and you will be glad you went with the SHO.

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Mas, welcome aboard! Are you buying fuel injected or carbureted?

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I plan on making the purchase at the local ariens service facility as I would be able to easily bring it in for service.

Any tips for slightly uneven surfaces? Did I make the right selection in blower? Any tips or input would be appreciated.
Buying it where you are is a wise choice, hopefully you won't be seeing them often except for maintenance if you have it done there.

As Zavie said most times it will be overkill but there will eventually and inevitably come a day when you are very glad you spent the money. Don't ask how I know.

Regarding the uneven surfaces, get the poly-something skids for the front instead of the stock steel ones. The dealer should have them but if not any number of places have them, this is an Amazon listing but shop around, they are not always cheapest. They will slide easier and won't mark up your driveway if that is important to you. They also won't leave rust marks where you store it after use.



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good choice of machine, and just as important, good idea to buy from a trusted dealer. Unless you plan to do all maintenance yourself, you can rely on them for a while. I have all used machines, but still use a local dealer for parts and for info.

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