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Consumer Reports Snowblower Reviews

Came across this today in the most recent edition of Consumer Reports magazine. Not sure if these should be taken with a grain of salt.
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I have been a subscriber for decades now and sometimes wonder why. They seem to test only big box snow blowers and the model of Ariens Deluxe 30 they rate is from at least 2 years ago. They have been slipping for years now. I am tempted to write a letter/email to the editor. They seem to be more concerned with their logo and magazine design these days than providing comprehensive ratings. Regarding snowblowers I do not have faith in their ratings, they don't factor in customer support and user reviews among other factors.

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I stopped reading their reviews when I saw a video they put up that said they tested their snowblowers in the summer time by blowing wet sawdust! That's the same logic as if the snowmobile manufacturers tested their sleds at the beach in summer!
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Ruh-Roh.

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it is to bad they base their ratings the way they do, i guess the 3 stager is the machine of choice for lumber mills.

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Not sure why, but I have never trusted their reviews. I'm not much on reviews from any company that is paid to review products. This is obviously just speculation, but I'm sure they are "influenced" in their rating. I much rather go with reviews of "real" people, and even then, you always take public reviews with a grain of salt

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Seems like typical CR excellence.

- They chose two Ariens models that are discontinued
- For heavy snowfall, they went with the Deluxe line instead of Platinum line
- In that line, they went with the Deluxe 28 - not the Deluxe 28 SHO...again, for heavy snowfall
- They added a bunch of odd zeros to the end of the well-known 921030 model number
- And they aren't even close on accurate pricing.


They were once relevant. That was a long time ago.



ETA: Just to clarify, I am not bashing the Deluxe line or non-SHO models. Heck, I just bought a Deluxe 24.

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Scott, William, Mark!
Get OVER HERE. please.

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Ruh-Roh.
(remember the last rodeo we had?)

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Scott, William, Mark!
Get OVER HERE. please.
Why? nothing much happening here IMO..I see nothing moderators need to be concerned about. (yet)
yes, we have had these discussions before..but its a timely and useful discussion, especially this time of year.

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