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Looking at Ariens deluxe 24 at 245lbs vs Toro PM 826 at 180lbs and PM 824 at 171lbs. Should the weight be a consideration when comparing the two brands as far as handling and less riding up a drift. Of course loading with two guys would be easier at 180lbs but would the actual operation of the machine be different? Does weighting more mean a more heavy duty machine? Having a hard time deciding between the two brands. Have a dealer for both close by.

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I am surprised that there is that much of a difference. But, if it is correct, I would expect the heavier machine to perform better. It would also depend on how the weight is distributed between wheels and bucket, My experience has been that my Ariens and Toro seem pretty comparable, and they are similar HP and bucket width. I think you would be happy with either assuming that you have a service dealer locally.
 

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Paul from Movingsnow.com gives a slight nod to the Deluxe 24 vs the Toro for throwing heavy wet snow. What's not to like about the Ariens, plus you can add handwarmers vs the Toro where you cannot. The Toro does offer a weight kit and cast iron skid shoes plus I think the Toro's chute controls are miles ahead of the ice auger on the Deluxe. For me if I wanted handwarmers I'd go with the Ariens. If no H.W. are needed then the choice for me is easy, get the Toro.
 

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Is the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO out of your price range. It covers all the bases with more powerful engine and quick turn chute and hand warmers.
 

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Town thanks for the reply. I feel the platinum sho is overkill for me. Im replacing a 35yr Ariens 524 so I am almost tempted to go with the classic for $800 since the 524 has been so reliable and the 208 engine is equal or a little more the the 5hp plus bigger tires. So I feel I am spoiling myself just looking at the deluxe 24 or Toro pm 826/824. Was just curious about the weight difference between the two brands.
As a 67yr old anything I replace air conditioner furnace appliance snow blower is not going to be as good as what I had so maybe if I upgrade (a little) it will last longer. Dam that 524 has been a trouble free blower but heck I desire something newer! Daughter says im to frugal.
 

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Town thanks for the reply. I feel the platinum sho is overkill for me. Im replacing a 35yr Ariens 524 so I am almost tempted to go with the classic for $800 since the 524 has been so reliable and the 208 engine is equal or a little more the the 5hp plus bigger tires. So I feel I am spoiling myself just looking at the deluxe 24 or Toro pm 826/824. Was just curious about the weight difference between the two brands.
As a 67yr old anything I replace air conditioner furnace appliance snow blower is not going to be as good as what I had so maybe if I upgrade (a little) it will last longer. Dam that 524 has been a trouble free blower but heck I desire something newer! Daughter says im to frugal.
I would trust your Daughter and step all the way up to either the Ariens Pro 28 (Briggs engine), or the Toro HD series like the HD1428.:grin:
 

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Zavie and rit333 Sound like I should try a couple pieces of that candy buttt….. I don't mind being a little frugal. Bought a gym membership three years ago and daughter said I would go because it would bug the heck out of me spending that money and not using it. That's my incentive to go 5 times a week.
Sorry straying off subject. Let me look at that classic one more time.
Thanks again for the replies.
 

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Bought a gym membership three years ago and daughter said I would go because it would bug the heck out of me spending that money and not using it. That's my incentive to go 5 times a week.
Yep, I'm 69 and that strategy works for me.

Wandering around to back on topic, I bought the Ariens Deluxe 24 a couple of years ago and I've been very happy with it. The autoturn works well for me, no more difficult than turning a self-propelled lawn mower and (on my paved but not level driveway) it stays straight without difficulty.

All that said, we haven't had a heavy snowfall since I bought it (that's another strategy topic) so I haven't been able to work it out in heavy snow.
 

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Town thanks for the reply. I feel the platinum sho is overkill for me. Im replacing a 35yr Ariens 524 so I am almost tempted to go with the classic for $800 since the 524 has been so reliable and the 208 engine is equal or a little more the the 5hp plus bigger tires. So I feel I am spoiling myself just looking at the deluxe 24 or Toro pm 826/824. Was just curious about the weight difference between the two brands.
As a 67yr old anything I replace air conditioner furnace appliance snow blower is not going to be as good as what I had so maybe if I upgrade (a little) it will last longer. Dam that 524 has been a trouble free blower but heck I desire something newer! Daughter says im to frugal.
If you were happy with your old Ariens 524 then the classic is a viable option. As far as HP it's doubtful after 35 years that your 524's engine was that efficient anymore so a new 208cc should bring you another 1-1.5 hp, and probably 2hp more than your old reliable 524. The Deluxe is nice though, with autoturn, bigger engine and tires it's the best way to go.
 
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