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Hello,

Thought I would join this forum as it seems you guys would have some good insight on my dilemma/research.
I'm most likely going to buy a Ariens snowblower this summer so I have it when winter arrives. I was considering the 28inch width model 921030 and the 921036, possibly the 30 model 921032. On the 28" I found two different engine sizes. The first was the standard 254cc Ax engine which seems to be rated pretty decent with most reviews I've read, and seems reliable even if its made in China. The other option was the apparently limited version with a larger briggs 342cc, that was supposed to be one of the last made in the U.S. before they switched to China. Then the 30" has the 291cc, china made also.
I guess my biggest issue is the differenct in price with the 28", which is $200 more for the larger engine. I'm all for buying U.S made, but if the 254 is enough power for most large storms, i'm not sure if the price is worth it besides it using more gas? I read some posts where the guys sold their smaller ariens when the 342cc was available, but never read anyone who did a side by side comparison between the two engines. Any thoughts or first hand experience would be appreciated. Thanks.:confused:
 

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My advice is to go with the 342CC. That is what I replaced my 7HP Tecumseh with on my 1971 Ariens. It eats snow like cotton candy and it seems not to be working all that hard when a BIG snow fall arrives. The way that I would compare it would be, going to work on the highway for 40 plus years in a Toyota Corolla and then upgrading a Cadillac Sedan Deville. The feeling of the power, torque and strength is really night and day.
 
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