Is the Ariens Sno-Tek 28 in. 208 cc Model 920403 snow blower right for you?
by: Paul Sikkema
The Ariens Sno-Tek 28 in. 208 cc Model 920403 is the least expensive 28 inch snow blower that I recommend. The are a few cheaper 28 inch snow blowers around but most of them are Chinese imports with poor parts networks, cheap handles or no name engines. Trust me, when are knee deep in snow and you really need to get your snow blower repaired quickly Ariens has one of the best dealer/repair networks around.
This snow blower is the right fit if you have a typical 2-3 car driveway and you usually get 2 to 8 inches of snow at a time. It has enough power to handle moderate snows and the intake is tall enough to handle 20 inch drifts. If you typically get heavier snows or you get heavy, wet snows you may want a snow blower with more power. The Craftsman 28 In 277cc Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer 16″ x 4.8″ X-Trac is the next price point up from this snow blower and has a larger motor that will handle deep, heavy snows. The Sno-Tek 28 works well on gravel driveways and can clear a spot out in the lawn for your dogs. If you need to go through a side door on your garage please measure it. This snow blower takes at least 30 inches to go through.
The Sno-Tek uses the standard pin-lock steering that is common with many snow blowers in this price range. Under normal conditions the left tire does all the work. It pulls the snow blower through normal snow and in this mode the snow blower is easy to turn. When you get into deep snow, heavy snow or areas with poor traction there is a clip on the right wheel axle that you insert into the rim. This locks the right tire to the axle and gives you the maximum traction. In this mode the snow blower can be hard to turn on dry pavement but the snow blower is fairly light weight so it is useable for most operators when blowing snow.
I like most of the name brand 28 inch snow blowers on the market and they all have a place in someone’s garage. If I place this snow blower next to a model with more features and you and I talk about how those features will save you time at many of you will buy the more expensive model. But for you this may be just the right machine. It moves snow, it get’s the job done in less passes than a 24 or 26 inch snow blower.
This Ariens is part of their Sno-Tek line and is designed for most of us in the United States and for anyone who does not want to spend a lot on a snow blower but needs one that will do the job well. In other words if you have a 2-3 car driveway and don’t get more than 40 inches of snow a year this snow blower is a good choice.
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The features I like most that makes this the best 28 inch economy snow blower.
- 208 cc, LCT Storm Force OHV engine powers through deep, wet snow. The LCT engine is serviced by Ariens so there is never a problem with warranty work.
- 28 in. clearing width and 20 in intake height for efficient snow removal.
- 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds let you adjust your speed for different snow conditions
- 11 in., serrated all-steel auger pulls even hard packed snow into the housing.
- 12 in. 3-blade impeller
- 40 ft. throwing distance gets the snow out of your way
- 205-degree, 2.5x quick-turn chute with remote deflector lets you direct snow exactly where you want it
- Push-button electric start for simple ignition
- 15 X 5 Polar Trac tires with pin lock axle
- Heavy-duty aluminum gear case with alloy steel gears
- Dual handle interlock system conveniently frees one hand for quick chute adjustment
- Reversible steel skid shoes adjust the height of the blower housing to clear uneven surfaces
- Includes 2 year limited consumer warranty
The Ariens Sno-Tek 28 in. 208 cc Model 920403 Snow Blower has over 230 hundred reviews and I feel they are all honest. Looking at the negative reviews all were not common issues that would keep me from recommending this machine. Two units were not assembled right at the factory and two were from the new owner not realizing he could engage the other wheel using the clevis pin. The other 220 reviews were 4 or 5 stars. Please read the manual to learn about all the features on your new snow blower. It is not the easiest 28 inch snow blower to use, but it is engineered well, built well, and throws snow well.
Where To Get One
Home Depot is the best place to get your new Ariens Sno-Tek. At most Home Depots, Ariens offers free (Included in delivery fee) white glove delivery service. The Ariens Sno-Thro will be shipped to your local Ariens authorized servicing dealer, who will complete 100% assembly of unit and inspect it prior to home delivery. The multi-point inspection includes, operators manual confirmation, set tire pressure, check fluid levels, and file warranty registration information. 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
Home Depot has the best price and a great reputation for getting the purchase to you quickly. They also have good customer service.
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Be Careful! This snow blower is also sold through online only stores! Their price may be $50 less than Home Depot but make sure they have a good reputation of taking care of you after the sale. You may find other “factory-direct discount” stores and websites trying to sell it, but make sure they can and will get you service if you ever need it.
Value: At around $729 it is a good value.
Service & Parts Availability: Service and parts are readily available through Ariens authorized repair centers. Home Depot is easy to work with if you have a problem.
Not the Snow Blower For You?
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