hi people, new member here. Love going through this group for all the opinions and pros and cons of different snowblowers. Just upgraded ( l hope) from a 2008 JD 928e to a new ariens 30 in efi deluxe. About 2 weeks ago my JD started to make a grinding noise from the bucket but alot less when going through snow. After 10 years and considering my age (64 young) l needed a solid machine out here in the Quebec countryside with the huge amounts of snow and packed windswept drifts( 4 cars long , about 2 1/2 wide) . I looked around and after looking at some opinions and reviews found the Ariens model at a dealer with a 400$ price drop so l pulled the trigger. Afer reading more posts here l wonder about the EFI . The only efi l have delt with , aside from cars, is a 2004 Mercuery 50 hp efi. Never had a problem. I always put a little seafoam/stabill in all my containers . I am guilty of rarely preparing my John Deere for summer with exception of new oil and spark plugs. It started every november with 1 or 2 pulls. All the gas is used up in the other engines (car,boat,etc. ). May be some Holy water was sprayed on the JD carburator ha. Many people have stated that EFI have been in use for small engines by Ariens. I talked to a friend about EFI who is into ski-doos and they are also used quite a bit. They seem to be dependable because no one wants to be stuck 100 miles in the woods and not come back. My doubt after reading the many posts here concerns the battery pack used to start/control the computer and the EFI. How long will they last, how long will they be available. What is the sign it has gone bad? Many good machines last more or less 20 years. Just wondering what your opinions are.....ps: decided to keep my JD 928E and fix it - looks toO good and motor purrs like a kitten ha.