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11-01-2013 06:34 PM
Garnetmica Any machine that is three to four times the cost of the competitor had better be superior.
10-31-2013 11:47 PM
reabilly44 Honda is superior, but a 36" Honda is $7,999. So, I'll have to stick with Ariens.
10-31-2013 12:17 PM
deadwood Superior price, yeah
10-31-2013 02:22 AM
JSteinhoff Good Lord, just buy a Honda, superior in every way!
10-30-2013 01:10 AM
Blue Hill Actually mine's not a hydro, but your deal sounds pretty good to me. If you pull the trigger before November 1, you get an extra two years warranty too. Hard to pass up.
10-30-2013 12:54 AM
reabilly44 Congrats to both of you on your new throwers!

I talked to the seller of the Hydro Pro 36" today. He said it's a 2014 model and the price is $2775, a little less than a Pro 36". The tax savings of buying out of state will cover the shipping costs, so I can basically get the Hydro Pro for the cost of the Pro. Seems like a pretty good deal.

What do you guys think?
10-29-2013 08:31 PM
Garnetmica The Hydro Pro arrived today, pics posted in the intro thread. I spent some time rolling around the driveway today. Love the transmission and Auto Turn feature. The Hydro control is a little tight, I expect it will loosen up a bit with time.
10-29-2013 12:15 AM
Blue Hill I don't think you'll be sorry Garnet. It's a matter of figuring out what's best for your needs. With Ariens, either one should be a quality machine and you've got the 5 year warranty working for you as well.
10-28-2013 07:11 PM
Garnetmica I just pulled the trigger on a Hydro Pro 28. Spoke with several dealers and mechanics before making the $400 decision. Most seemed to suggest that the hydro is reliable but expensive to replace. The friction disc is also reliable but individual parts can be replaced as they fail. Most said that the ease of drivability justified the price.

The factor that drove my decision was the power steering triggers I had on my previous thrower. I used them to stop the machine without popping the clutch. The hydro will allow me to adjust pace forward and backward with greater ease.
10-28-2013 02:36 PM
reabilly44
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Originally Posted by seb View Post
Here is the review a made of mine last year.
Engines are wonderful: Review: Ariens Hydro Pro Track 28 Snowblower

It is the track version however. The only drawback to the hydro transmission is that on REVERSE, it is too slow and seems to lack force and i find myself pulling at the snowblower to go in reverse (when there is a bit of a hill). But in forward, no problem at all.

BUT, this might not be a problem with wheels.
Thanks, Seb! Great review!
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