Thank you!Good morning seb, glad to have you join us here on SBF, and what a great first post.
Thanks for your excellent review of the Ariens. Gives us a terrific understanding of the snowblower, and should really come in handy to anyone looking at one themselves. The videos were great to see it in action.
Where do you live to have that much snow? Got to say, I'm jealous as we sure haven't had that much to throw.
Obviously you must have looked at Hondas when looking at snowblowers. Were there any other makes that you considered? Did you have a list of features you were looking for before buying?
Thanks!Welcome to the forum and an impressive machine and first post. It's always good to get one from someone that actually has and uses a machine. That snow looks pretty good too.
I'm curious, having worked on an older tracked machine one: are there provisions for lubricating the hubs and tracks on that one? I've seem them rust up solid over time because there weren't provisions for greasing things in the tracks, both the wheels and the tracks.
That sure looks like a beast, congrats.
I've heard of a few people taking the hubs for the track drives and then drill and tap holes so grease zerks can be added. Not sure, might have been older Murrays but I've heard of a number of them have the track mechanisms rust up solid due to lack of lubrication. Anything IMO that will aid in keeping them lubricated with undoubtedly add years of life to your machine.Thanks!
No I did not see any provisions to lubricate the tracks' wheels and hubs.
There is only on on the right side on the frame where the axle comes out.
I don't know why there isn't any on the left side and what it lubricates though!
Anyway, was wondering how your 420cc Briggs sounded at idle? Also, notice how easy it is to pull over? I also found out from him it has built in decompression that's part of the exhaust valve. Under 400rpm's it's activated and automatically deactivates above 400rpm's.That 25 c.i., 21 ft/lb engine is a decedent of a generator spec engine that came out 2 years ago. It is no way affiliated with another Chinese engine mfg however. We build it in our plant and to our engineering and r&d specs like any other Briggs engine. It has more in common with a Honda 420 cc then anything else. But that engine is an over built, good running, tough engine! We build only a handful of engine models in China, primarily because the base model of the engine stays in that region with that and the 12 c.i. Engines being the only exports. They make up for something like 1% of our total engines built so maybe like 10,000 come back over to go to oems like ariens. All of our engines with the exception of those two model families are made in the U.S.
Good information to know.Nice post!
I just bought a new Pro32. We haven't got any snow yet so I can't comment on how well it works....but it sure looks purdy sittin' in the garage! I put an impeller kit on it already as well as an hour meter/tach and a on/off switch for the headlight. I also put some -WEATHER PROTECTIVE BOOTS- over both the handwarmer and light switches to help keep the moisture out.
One thing I noticed about these Chinese made OHV 420cc Briggs they are putting on these Pro Ariens are they aren't the quietest things at idle. Every one I have listened to so far sounds like mine does. -HERE'S- a video of mine at idle as well as all different RPM's. I recorded my video purposely in the garage on a concrete floor to help "maximize" the sound for the recording. -HERE's- a Pro Track 28 I found on YouTube. It has a very short clip of it idling, but you can hear the same noise. I had the local dealer listen as well as a guy I know who works in R&D at Briggs in Milwaukee, WI. Both said it's normal. The guy I know who works at Briggs states:
Anyway, was wondering how your 420cc Briggs sounded at idle? Also, notice how easy it is to pull over? I also found out from him it has built in decompression that's part of the exhaust valve. Under 400rpm's it's activated and automatically deactivates above 400rpm's.
Oh, I also forgot to add that I set my low and high speeds to 1,750 and 3,740 respectively. It was only turning ~3,580 or so out of the box. One can safely turn these to 3,800rpms per the Briggs guy (and what they are set to on generator applications).
I saw that video too. That's the previous years model and it's the same motor I have on my -HUSKY SNOWBLOWER-, which is for sale. I think what you are hearing in that video is just the rattling of various things on the blower itself and not the actual motor making noise, as it doesn't have the distinct "engine rattle" at idle like the 420cc does. My 342cc Briggs on my Husky is much quieter (at idle) than the 420cc Briggs on my Ariens. If you listen to the video above, you will hear some rattles, but this is not the motor making the noise, as the motor is mouse quiet in terms of valvetrain noise.