I had kind of narrowed things down to an Ariens Deluxe 24 and still giving some consideration to the Platinum 24, and ended up buying..... a Toro 826 HD. The dealer I prefer to use carries both Ariens and Toro - after spending some time in the shop, I just liked the chute control and the feel of the Toro better. I had looked at both machines previously, but at different dealers where I did not have them next to each other. Once they put the machines along side each other and I was able to handle both, it was obvious which I preferred. Looking forward to some snow now so I can put it to use.