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Gave my 17 year old 724 Ariens to my brother in law at the end of last winter and am in the market for a new machine now. I live in SE Minnesota, so plenty of snowfall. My driveway set up is a concrete level surface driveway approximately 25'x75'. Went out this past weekend and priced out some machines at my local dealers. I'm sure all three of these would be more than enough than what I really need, but after really struggling with my 724 on anything but a few inches of light fluffy stuff, I want something that can throw snow. I'm sure its splitting hairs, but here is what I have my choices down to.

Dealer #1

Has 2015 models: Professional 28" - $1663
Professional 28" Hydro - $1885

This was my first stop, and I was really hoping to price out a Platinum SHO 30", but they did not have any left and weren't sure if they were going to buy more inventory again this year.

Dealer #2

2017 Platinum SHO 30" $1799

This is where I bought my 724 17 years ago. Nice dealer, though just a tad further away.

All three are pretty similar it seems in engine displacement. Main differences I see is the Ariens AX engine with the Platinum vs. the Briggs & Stratton. The professional also does have the drift cutters standard, but I never had them on my 724, so could probably live without that. Given my driveway, I tend to feel the Hydro maybe a bit overkill (if there is such a thing with snowblowers), but the price on it seems pretty good.

Any thoughts to help me with this decision? Thanks.
 

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What about a platinum 24 EFI, can't get better than that for power to width ratio..
I may have to go back to the second dealer and see if they had the EFI and price it out. I remember seeing a 24" Platinum SHO, but don't recall if it was the EFI model. Thanks for the suggestion. Seems like a pretty nice setup looking at the brochure I got.
 

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Bump for the cause...


I would put in my two cents but my conditions are far different
and we all have our own row to hoe, or in this case, snow to blow. :wink2:


With that said, I just ordered a new Ariens 28" Pro Hydro with EFI and if
my dealer would have had a "leftover" from the last year or so I would have
seriously considered going with the older model and saving a chunk of change.
 
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