Well this is my first post. I been looking here for a while and learned a lot of view points on snowblowers from everyone, thank you. I never owed a snowblower in the past and my wife and I decided not pay for another year of plowing. After reading almost everything I could, here and other places since Spring time. I was ready to make my decision. I really liked Honda's with their build quality and design. But I went with an Ariens 28 Hydro Pro. The reasons for choosing Ariens over Honda's are many, I liked the larger more powerful engine, the Ariens weighs 75 - 100 pounds heavier, which adds traction to the machine, I chose the 28" to have a machine with the highest engine power to smallest housing size ratio. They both are commercial units and very durable but the Ariens just looked beefier throughout, especially the bars, the Honda's look like the lower entry Ariens units, not the beefy square tube on the Ariens. The Honda looks more refined but I looked more for toughness and power, some storms we get over 2 feet of snow here in NH. This is just my opinion and not to offend any other snowblowers out there. I painted and installed Armor Skids and I went old school with wheels and V Chains on my unit. We have a 300 foot unpaved very solid base driveway with sometimes 4 foot end of driveway banking's.
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