Hello. Brand new member to forum, but have used the vast knowledge posted here to assist in buying my first snowblower. My best friend sold his plow and shoveling [email protected]@@s. Finally had the chance to try new ariens. Blown away. No pun intended. Had 8" of wet heavy snow and the platinum 24 threw both that and the town plow present at the end of the driveway like it was cotton. Can't wait for the upcoming blizzard tomorrow. Thanks everyone for their posts and look forward to being a member here.