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04-04-2017 10:22 PM
stromr
Welcome Andre

I'm for the Deluxe too but you might want to wait and see what new models Ariens comes out with next year. This year Ariens sold the EFI engine on two models, the Deluxe 30 and the Platinum 24 SHO. I'd be surprised if they didn't add more models to the EFI lineup. The benefits of Electronic Fuel Injection are numerous and have been discussed on here a lot. Suffice it to say the power characteristics, engine quietness and the absence of ethanol gas problems are a real game changer. New models can come out any time but usually not until July or August. Stay tuned!
04-04-2017 06:38 PM
seoulski I just ordered a 24 Deluxe from Lowes. It arrived at the store in one week. They said it was shipped directly from Ariens. I haven't picked it up yet. Probably this weekend.
03-30-2017 04:47 PM
djc11369 It's probably more likely that the dealer doesn't have any more in stock and since it's end of season won't get anymore until next years models start shipping. Lowes/HD may still have one left over that hasn't sold yet.
03-30-2017 04:21 PM
A4_Andre OK, I am definitely getting the Deluxe 24. I prefer and feel the right thing to do is buy it from my local dealer than a big box store, but when I spoke to the dealer he said I can not order one until, if i remember correctly, June for delivery in July/Aug. So this means HD/Lowes will take my order/money now and keep me waiting 4 - 5 months? Anyone have experience with this?

I tried to contact Ariens directly, but seems they updated their website and no longer have customer service other than submitting an inquiry and then wait for a response. Worst part is there is no general inquiry or product support option!

The dealer quoted me the same price as HD and it's spring so I can wait if need be. Just surprised because I was assumed I could order one now.
03-21-2017 02:42 AM
jermar Keep in mind, when you tackle the icy, packed EOP, You will send chunks of ice flying. I don't want to hit cars, or send a piece of ice through my neighbor's window. I let my neighbor crash through it with his Rover SUV.
03-20-2017 11:41 PM
A4_Andre
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I am from Queens, N.Y. I seem to be the only one that likes the Compact 24. I think the Compact will do a better job with the more common five - seven inch snowfalls we get. The 12" auger can sling the smaller amounts better than the 14". I've never needed more power, but when the EOD pile freezes, perhaps larger is better.
Thanks for posting!!! Great to hear a local opinion and i do agree about the compact, but feel more power is always a safe bet. Especially with EOD since i will be plowing the street for additional parking. Have to love city life although i'm in the least populated borough. You definitely threw a wrench in the mix because a compact will be sufficient. I'm still leaning towards the deluxe for the additional power, but will decide in a week, max 2 weeks.

Love this forum and always find great info from knowledgable people with random searches.
03-20-2017 10:05 PM
jej826
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Originally Posted by A4_Andre View Post
is the 58.6" measured straight front to back or diagonal like a TV?
I'm not sure, but would say it's front to back.
03-20-2017 03:47 PM
jermar I am from Queens, N.Y. I seem to be the only one that likes the Compact 24. I think the Compact will do a better job with the more common five - seven inch snowfalls we get. The 12" auger can sling the smaller amounts better than the 14". I've never needed more power, but when the EOD pile freezes, perhaps larger is better.
03-20-2017 01:58 PM
NVA4370
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So i'm 90% positive on getting the deluxe 24. The 14" length difference put me off at first although the extra power and auto turn are very very attractive. It will be overkill for my needs but better to have more than less.
I had the same decision to make in the fall when I decided to buy a snowblower. I knew a 24" was about all I could fit into the space I have for it in the garage so I was looking at the Compact and the Deluxe. I liked the idea of the Autoturn and also liked the idea of the larger engine on the Deluxe as I have a fairly steep spot going up my driveway from the street.

I only got to use the blower once this year, but I'm glad I got the Deluxe with the larger engine. No problems at all going up the driveway to clear it. It took care of the solidly packed EOD pile without any fuss once I got myself synchronized with the machine. It didn't go straight through it as it was really hard packed with a lot of heavy slush and ice, but once I got moving it took care of it relatively easy. The sidewalk was also half covered with the plow pile for its whole length and I was sure glad to have the Deluxe when going through that.

A neighbor across the street has an older Compact that took a little more time and work to get through the EOD and plow piles on his sidewalk. He has a fairly flat driveway so no problem there for him.

Good luck with whichever one you decide on. It sure beats shoveling.
03-20-2017 10:08 AM
A4_Andre So i'm 90% positive on getting the deluxe 24. The 14" length difference put me off at first although the extra power and auto turn are very very attractive. It will be overkill for my needs but better to have more than less.

The compact and even sno tek look to be very capable machines but i dont want traction and EOD issues.
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