I think you are right that the Platinum 30 last year had the 369cc engine. Although the writeup for the Platinum identifies the Platinum 30 (for 2016?) the spec's only cover the two SHO models.Seems to me that the Platinum models simply changed to being only two variations, dropping the non-SHO versions of the two sizes. I know the Platinum 30 SHO from last year already had the 414cc motor. I think it was the non-SHO that had the 369cc motor, and that's gone.
I could be wrong though, my memory sucks.
Sounds about right on the tank capacity adjustment. Lots of folk here with the 414cc motor have complained about the actual vs. claimed capacity, and I doubt the smaller number of owners here are alone.I think you are right that the Platinum 30 last year had the 369cc engine. Although the writeup for the Platinum identifies the Platinum 30 (for 2016?) the spec's only cover the two SHO models.
The gas tank is spec'd at 2.7 liters for 2016 while 3.0 liters for 2015. Probably same tank for both years, just a new measuring device used for calibration.
Last years Platinum 24 SHO (2015 model year) had a 306cc engine, so that is a different engine for 2016.I'm not up to date on all the specs but the SHO 24 is now listed with the 369 cc engine, though I think that was on there even before the snowblower site redesign.
I have seen the photos in the new 2015 Ariens catalog and on the website and they seem to have improved the design as you outlined, good to see. Thanks for the reply I appreciate it.I've had NO issues with the quick turn chute binding. A little trouble when I got it with it locking in position was easily fixed with small adjustments that are well laid out in the manual.
From what I see with the new ones, it'll be improved handling of it by putting the handle at more of a right angle to the panel, kind of parallel to the operator. On my 2013 Platinum 30, that handle is at an angle but moves on the same plane as the panel. It should be much more straightforward and easier with the new design.
That's a really great machine at a terrific price, congratulations!I just bought an Ariens 926053 (last year model of the 28" Hydro Pro)
Got a good deal. List price $2499 Got if for $400 off plus 48 months at 0% financing.
A decent upgrade on my 11-12 year old Ariens 9.5hp 26"LE