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I have been researching, comparing, reading reviews and of course opinions from this forum. I think I spent more time looking at snow throwers than looking at cars before I pulled the trigger. There are many plus and minuses for every brand and model. I wish I was able to pull the features off of one machine and put it on another and build the perfect snow thrower " a la carte".
When I thought I made up my mind, I would see some other feature or fault that would change my decision. I have been removing snow from the same drive way for 33 years with 2 Sears Craftsman machines. Since Craftsman doesn't make its own machine, I searched for a local dealer and narrowed my choices.
The winner was the Ariens 28 SHO. What impressed me most was the build quality. It was built like my first Craftsman which lasted 23 years. Of course the Craftsman didn't have all the bells and whistles of the Ariens, but I felt I got my money's worth from it. And the Ariens has a lot less plastic than many of the others. I added hand warmers because I never had them before and this will be my last snow thrower purchase in my lifetime. It will be assembled and delivered next week.
I want to thank all of the forum participants for their experience and opinions that helped me decide.:)
 

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Hate to admit it but I researched my snowblower purchase more than my car.

You made an excellent choice and the hand warmers are a nice touch, best of luck with it. I hope you get many years of use out of it.

Let us know how you like it.
 

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Congrats on a very fine machine. I just sold my SHO but will for certain be getting me another one when finances allow. The only question will be, will I go with a 28 SHO or do the Platinum 24 SHO.. hmmmm
 

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Will I go with a 28 SHO or do the Platinum 24 SHO.. hmmmm
If you want the best power per inch snowblower (unless custom made) nothing beats the Ariens Platinum 24SHO. Plus the EFI feature.
I'd go with a Platinum 24SHOEFI unless Ariens decides to EFI an AX414 engine and installs it on a "Platinum 28SHOEFI".
 
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