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I've decided it's time to retire my 21 year old John Deere TRS26 blower. She's been a bulletproof workhorse that has asked for very little over the years, but it's time.

I've got a deposit at a local Honda dealer on a HSS928AAWD, they had a good price and even gave me a little break, plus free delivery. Lots of reasons for doing business with this dealer. Lots of upgrades from my machine in 20 years, there didn't appear to be anything I didn't like about it.

However, to give everything a chance, I did go to the local outdoor power equipment place who carries Ariens. Nice machines from what I can tell, but I got there close to closing time (1pm on a Saturday, argh) and the saleguy who was there didn't give me a good overview. In terms of performance, which model(s) should I be comparing to that Honda? I don't want anything wider than 28, in terms of what fits well in my garage. A 24" would be fine.

Cost is not an issue, I expect the next machine to last another 20 years.

Not looking to be talked out of the Honda, but there are so many machines in the Ariens lineup that it was hard to figure out where to draw the price/performance comparison line. I think the Platinum 24 SHO was the closest?

Or should I just not bother and snag the Honda?
 

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I've got a deposit at a local Honda dealer on a HSS928AAWD, they had a good price and even gave me a little break, plus free delivery. Lots of reasons for doing business with this dealer. Lots of upgrades from my machine in 20 years, there didn't appear to be anything I didn't like about it.
Sounds to me like your search is over! ;) and IMO, thats a good thing..
I have said before: if you are looking at Hondas, there is no real need to look at anything else!
Ariens are fine machines, but if you can afford a new Honda, get one, you can't do any better.
Honda snowblowers are generally considered the top of the line in snowblowers overall..

Nothing against Ariens or Toro, (im an Ariens guy myself) but people shop for Ariens and Toro only when they cant afford a new Honda! ;)

Scot
 

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If cost is not a factor for you then by all means, go with the Honda. But after working on them and owning one, I believe the Ariens is every bit as reliable and capable.
 

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I'm also surprised you got 21 good problem free years out of your Murray Built JD! That's great!
Yeah, it was a great machine really, can't complain, it owes me nothing. Just oil and spark plugs really, some belts, a rebuilt carb one year. Never even broke a shear bolt.

Do you have any thoughts about which Ariens model would be closest to compare against the Honda?

Thanks!
 

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That's the joy of taking care of a "basic" machine. I know we tend to bash the cheap models but my MTD/Troy has been a really great machine and it's the one I use the most. At lest until I get one of the Ariens rebuilt !!

That Honda is a great choice.
 
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