The Classic is Ariens entry level 2 stage blower. It has a smaller motor, smaller tires and wheels, lighter weight and pretty much a bare bones basic machine. That said, I'd take it over any other "entry level" machine like similar sized Craftsman, Troy Bilt, etc. It may be Ariens lowest cost 2 stage but they still back it with a good warranty. These "smaller" machines will still handle 12" dumps and more if you just slow down and take your time. They are a solid machine for budget conscience buyers. If you live in an area that "regularly" gets 12" or more of snowfall at one time you would probably appreciate a bigger machine.