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Hello all,
I'm new to this forum but I see a lot of good info here, and was hoping for some advice.
After some research last season I decided on getting an Ariens, but wasn't quite sure which model. I live in Rockland County, NY, where officially our snowfall is about 30" a year, although I believe we've had significantly more almost every winter in the past 9 years. I have a large circular driveway (about 10 cars) with a gentle slope on one side.
I was thinking initially of the Deluxe 30, but then the SHO and Platinums caught my eye. However, I have a few hundred in gift cards at Lowe's that I was hoping to use towards this purchase, but they have the Deluxe 30 for 1500 or the Platinum SHO 28 Rapidtrak for 2500.
Given all that, I don't think the 28" is worth an extra grand, but is the 30" Deluxe a good option, or would I be better off picking up a 28 or 30 SHO elsewhere and use the Lowe's money for something else?
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Thanks all for the quick replies. I'll definitely be hitting up a local dealer for some guidance. As I'm doing some renovations at home I asked the contractor and he'll take my cards in lieu of the same amount of payment, so I no longer feel locked in to Lowe's.
Regarding size, I always assumed larger width equals faster cleaning time, but never really considered that it might be difficult to actually maneuver. That being said, it seems that dropping down a size while increasing the engine is the way to go. Would that be a fair assessment? For the record, a quick Google maps measurement gives roughly 2000 square feet of driveway that needs to be cleared, although that's definitely a low estimate -could be about 2500 when more accurately measured. This also does not include the few feet out from either end into the street that I must clear to avoid getting plowed in, and the additional few feet in the street near my mailbox if I want to continue to receive bills and junk mail during the winter.
Are there any comparisons (either real world or mathematical) of speed to clear a certain area given different widths or engine sizes or both?
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You can order the Ariens you want from Lowe's even if they don't normally carry it on the floor. I bought my 28" RapidTrak last year at Lowe's mainly because they have 10% military discount and 24 months 0% financing. It came in in under a week and I picked it up in the crate, took it home, and assembled it myself. No regrets. There really isn't too much to assemble them and you can take your time and do it right. Just an idea if you want to use Lowe's.
I've been negligent in my research due to a lack of snow, and just saw this post. Are you saying that Lowe's can get any model or only the ones they show on their site even if not available at the moment?
 

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I also live in the lower hudson valley area, I am very happy with my Ariens Platinum 24 SHO. As you know the SHO models are independent dealer only machines. Precision in Nanuet should have these or can get them. It sounds like you would benefit from a larger unit based on your driveway size. Unless your slope is steep the RapidTrak although a great machine is overkill for the area. Agree with others the Deluxe 28 is underpowered when working on the crucial plow pile left by the town. I also like Toro's Power Max HD machines they are also very good and should also be available at the same dealer and the big box. The Ariens Platinum series will offer the heated hand grips and a more intuitive chute control over Deluxe models. Good luck on your search!
I realize that this thread is a year old but in the end I never got around to buying a new snowblower lady year. I went to Precision today and mentioned that I was looking at the Ariens, either 28" or 30" and asked for recommendations. The gentleman working there (Ben) was steering me towards the Toro instead, claiming that it's a much better engine and build for the price. Specifically the PowerMax HD 1030. He said it most compares to the Ariens Platinum. It certainly looks like a nice machine, but I noticed and mentioned that the engine size on the Toro is smaller (302cc vs 414cc). He claimed the Toro will throw the snow further due to basin design and therefore the difference in engine size is irrelevant. Documentation on the websites say up to 49' for the Toro but up to 55' for the Ariens so not sure what he means. Also has a bunch of Toros still in stock and no Ariens, so I don't know if he was just trying to make a sale. On the other hand he did seem knowledgeable enough and I'm sure he'll be able to unload his stock soon enough without me, so I could just be paranoid.
I'd appreciate any input you could give me about the models mentioned and/or the dealer to support or allay my doubts.
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