So at the beginning of the month my 1980 snow bird snow blower failed to start after getting 18 inches of snow. I finally decided that was it and went to home depot and bought a ariens deluxe 28. Seemed like a very nice machine but I was dissapointed at the amount of power it had. I kept having to ride the clutch to keep it from stalling while I moved the snow. After 3 weeks of trying to decide what to do I called home depot and asked if I could return it. They said yes and gave me my money back. After reading these forums and listening to what you guys had to say I called my local dealer and he had a deluxe 28 sho in stock. Went right down there and picked it up. Seems like a good deal to get 20% more power for only $100 more. Wish I had checked out the forums before I bought the first one. Hope to try it out soon!