Ariens Sno-Tek 20 in Two-Stage Snow Blower 939401 Review

Is this snow blower right for you?

Sno-Tek 20

Sno-Tek 20

The 20 inch Ariens Sno-Tek is great if you have a SMALL driveway that gets lots of snow or a SMALL driveway that is gravel.  I recommend this snow blower to very few people but……if you only have a spot just big enough for your car and the plow truck always blocks you in this snow blower is small enough to get around your car and get that drift cleared out. If you have nowhere to put the snow except over a fence this snow blower can throw it there. I’ve seen driveways on Long Island, row houses in Philly, old neighborhoods around Cleveland and near Wrigley Field in Chicago where this snow blower is the perfect size. It’s not very wide but the 2-stage will throw snow a lot farther than a single stage snow thrower.

by: Paul Sikkema

The 136 cc motor has enough power for it’s size. If you are looking at a single stage unit, seriously consider this snow blower instead. It will throw the snow farther than a single stage and can handle drifts up to 17 inches deep. You can adjust the skid shoes so you don’t throw rocks off your gravel drive.

Don’t buy this snow blower for your spouse!

Do not buy this snow blower for your spouse because you think it will be easy to use. The snow blower does have small tires and only one speed. For most snow blowing that is fine, but because of the small tires there will be times when you do not have enough traction.  It is also not a good choice if you go out  in the yard to clear a spot for your dog.

A 24 or 26 inch snowblower with power steering is much easier to use. If you have a hard time using a snow blower the Cub Cadet Snow Blowers. 24 in. 208 cc 2-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering and the Craftsman Craftsman 26″ 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer 15 in x 5 in X-Trac are better choices.

Overall the 20 inch Sno-Tek™ by Ariens two stage snow thrower is a good economy machine. The Sno-Tek™ 20 single-speed two stage snowblower features a 20-inch clearing width, a 136cc Sno-Tek engine by LCT with electric start, all-steel dash panel, one-hand operation, polymer chute with a manual chute deflector, and a top-load aluminum gear case.\

Read More & Buy Here!

Home Depot Snow Blowers. 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower Click this link to buy and pickup at your nearest store. Shipping (Delivery) is available for a normal fee.

 In most shipping areas, Home Depot / Ariens offers free (Included in delivery fee) white glove delivery service. Sno-Thro will be shipped to your local Ariens authorized servicing dealer, who will complete 100% assembly of unit and perform multi-point inspection prior to home delivery. Multi-point inspection includes, operators manual confirmation, set tire pressure, check fluid levels, and file warranty registration information.

Disclaimer in qualifying area only – If an Ariens authorized dealer is not in your shipping area, the Sno-Thro will ship mostly assembled, directly to you via regular truck delivery, simple set-up instructions will be included with unit. To confirm White Glove Delivery availability prior to purchasing, call 888-927-4367 option #2 

When you get your new snow blower home be sure to read the manual, check all the fluid levels and bolts. Learn how to change the shear pins and inspect the drive belts. Learn how to start it and operate it. Practice using it on you driveway. (Don’t run the engine more than 10 minutes if the temperature is over 45 degrees) If you have any questions leave a comment below and we (other readers and myself) will gladly answer your questions.  Above all PLEASE use a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam or blue Stabil in your gas.

Parts You Will Need:

Shear Pins: Ariens Snow Thro Shear Pin Kit for Compact Series Sno-Thro (3 Pk. Bolt/Nut) 73203900

Spare Impeller Belt: Ariens Impeller Belt for Sno Tek 20 in. Snow Blowers 70706200

Engine Maintenance: Sno-Tek Engine Maintenance Kit for Snowblowers with LCT Engines 72000300

Key Features From The Manufacture

136cc Sno-Tek engine by LCT with 120v electric start delivers the power you need to handle a variety of snow conditions
Interlocking control levers allow for one-handed operation, freeing the other hand to reposition the chute without stopping
Robust all-steel dash panel and controls withstand harsh conditions
Durable polymer chute
20-inch wide, 17.5-inch tall, housing brings in more snow with a rolled top lip and offset leading edges for unrivaled durability
Top-fill aluminum gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil
Large freeze-resistant 12-inch 3-blade high speed impeller assures superior performance
Single Speed Wet Sump Gear Drive Transmission
Aggressive 10″ x 4″ Polar Trac tires

2.9 Quart Fuel Capacity

20″ Clearing Width
17.5″ Housing Height
All Steel Dash Panel
205º Crank Chute Control
Reversible Skid Shoes
Clean-Out Tool
Internal Systems

Top Fill Aluminum Gear Case
Steel Serrated Auger
3-Blade 12″ Steel Impeller
Tread Control

10″ x 4″ Polar Trac Tires

Home Depot Snow Blowers. 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower Click this link to buy and pickup at your nearest store. Shipping (Delivery) is available for a normal fee.

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    • @Richard, If power steering appeals to you then the Cub Cadet is the way to go. It has better tires than the Sno-Tek so if you clear gravel or grass area the Cub will do better. The Cub Cadet is worth the extra money if you need the power steering and better tires.

      In the MTD made snow blowers the Sno-Tek compares best with the Craftsman 88173 24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower and at $629 is a better deal than the Craftsman.

    • @Radu, I would love to but I don’t have enough information to really help you.