2017 Ariens Snow Blower Review – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?

What’s New For 2017 Ariens Snow Blowers?

Ariens has been very busy:

  1. New Classic Series: This looks like a model they have had before – but it’s not.  New engine, new metal chute, better capacity and throwing distance. For the price and features this may become my new “best value” 2-stage snow blower.
  2. New Engine on Compact Series: New more powerful 223cc Ariens AX engine. This snow blower has always been built well so it can handle the extra horsepower.
  3. Deluxe and Platinum Series: The Deluxe and Platinum Series snow blowers were tweaked last year so there are no changes. These are arguably the best 2-stage snow blowers if you need a heavy-duty machine.
  4. Professional Model Upgrades: New 420cc Ariens AX EFI: Two Professional Models now with Ariens AX EFI engines
  5. RapidTrak: Two new Professional models with RapidTrak adjustable track drive. This exciting new track drive gives you the speed and maneuverability of a wheeled snow blower with the traction and drift digging power of a tracked machine. In addition these new snowblowers have over-the-top power and the largest per hour capacity. If you have large areas that need to be cleared, triple digit average snowfalls or just want the best on the market this is clearly the new snow blower that lives up to Ariens “King of Snow” slogan.
  6. Professional 21 inch Single Stage:  This a is a newly designed single stage snow thrower that is purpose-built specifically for the snow contractor but it has many features homeowners may like. Many snow contractors carry a snow thrower in the back of their plow truck for cleaning up corners and sidewalks.  These snow throwers are often just tossed in and out of the truck and don’t last long. Because of that the Professional 21 was constructed with strength, durability and light weight in mind. The new design includes metal reinforced housing sides. Large, high impact wheels and a reinforcing steel rod inside the auger housing to help with the durability. The Smart Lift handle design allows a single person to lift the machine in and out of a truck with ease. One of the features I really like is a heavy-duty spring-loaded scraper bar to adjust to the contours of the ground. In addition the Professional 21 snow thrower also features commercial grade auger paddles. These paddles that are twice as thick as residential single stage snow throwers and you can tilt the machine up so it cleans stuck on snow off the hard surfaces. All this without increasing the weight.

How this article is laid out:

This is a very comprehensive article so it will take you a while to read through it. I’m going to start with the new Classic Series and Compact Series models. After that I’ll review the heavy-duty Deluxe and high performance Platinum models. Then the Professional (Commercial) models including the Professional 21 single stage. I’ll leave the single stage Path Pro for last.

Reading Ariens Snow Blower Reviews:

  1. When you read snow blower reviews you are going to find reviews that state “the engine would not start,” “the engine won’t stay running.” and “the engine runs rough.” You will find these reviews for all brands and sizes of snow blowers. 98% of the time engine problems with name brand snow blowers are either fuel or operator related. Snow engines run/operate differently than your lawn mower engine and because of that I suggest educating yourself on how to store fuel, how to keep your fuel clean and how/why your snow blower engine runs the way it does will go a long way to liking your new snow blower. Please read this article to learn more: Buying A New Snow Blower FAQS – Read This For The Truth
  2.  Aggregate reviews. Many websites scour the web for reviews and then post them on their website. In other cases one disgruntled owner will write the same or similar review in as many places as they can. So what you end up is many reviews about one specific issue from only one person. I see this quite a bit on The Home Depot and Ariens sites.  Just remember, for every bad review there are thousands of Ariens snow blowers sold and doing well. Please read the date the review was written and the wording to determine if there is an actual problem.
  3. Auto-Turn Problems. All Auto-Turn problems were fixed two years ago. There were no issues in last years snow blowers. The Auto-Turn (DI300 differential) is now used in many snow blowers from many different manufactures.  So if you read or hear anyone slamming Ariens because of the Auto-Turn just walk away.
  4. Don’t bother to read Ariens reviews that are negative and more than 2 years old.  Just so you know, Ariens is a company that really listens to their dealers, reads reviews and interacts on Social media.  So, when there is an issue they identify it quickly, immediately root cause it and determine if there is a product problem or training issue. Then it gets fixed.

By The Way – All Opinions are Mine.

Keeping up with snow blowers is almost a full time job. The U.S. manufactures currently sell about 140 different models made here in the U.S. alone. In addition, there are always another dozen or so foreign manufactures trying to wedge their way into your pocketbook. By the way – a quality $500 two-stage snow blower no longer exists. The base regular price is now $649-$699.

I normally spend most of July and August talking to the different snow blower manufactures about the new models they have coming for the fall. Usually, in September the manufactures are shipping the new models to the dealers and I spend the time I need to inspect the new models as local dealers put them out on the sales floor. Sometimes that also involves traveling to the manufactures assembly plants or corporate offices to look at, demo and talk to the snow product managers. For example, last week I traveled over to the Ariens plant in Brillion, WI. I spent the day with Amanda Marsicek, Snow Product Manager. In October, I travel to the GIE-EXPO in Louisville, KY. GIE-EXPO is the largest lawn and garden equipment dealer show. There I get a chance to demo machines plus talk to the engineers and company management about all the features, fixes and new rumors.

Ariens now has a place where you can go and see all the new Ariens products in one location. The Ariens “Concept Store” is located right across the street from the factory in Brillion, WI

In addition, I keep 12-15 of the current snow blowers at my home for testing and answering your questions. I use these snow blowers when it snows and post those videos on YouTube.

Path Pro Single Stage Snow Throwers

Since 95% of you reading this article actually need a 2-stage snow blower I am going to move the single stage Path-Pro models to the end. The Path-Pro’s have not changed for 2017

2017 Ariens Classic/Compact Series

Even though the new Classic and the Compact Series are different I’m throwing them into this one section for easy reading.

At first glance the Classic looks a lot like the Sno-Tek line sold at The Home Depot but it’s actually a very different snow blower. First, it’s an all metal snow blower. The 4-way chute, dash and all other parts are metal.  Other small features like the discharge chute gear cover have been upgraded to the heavy-duty Ariens parts. It has a high-speed impeller and according to my calculations will actually move more snow per hour than the $2399 Honda HSS724AW/HSS724AWD. It’s really a good value at $699.

If you are looking for a good machine that will clear your 2-car, 60-80 foot driveway, sidewalks, patio and also go out on the lawn to clear a section for your dogs. The Classic snow blower can easily be adjusted for gravel driveways. I recommend this size for areas of the country like Chicago, Omaha, Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Long Island that average 40 to 60 inches of snow per year.

I would compare the Ariens Classic to the Craftsman 88173, Toro Powermax 724 OE, Troy-Bilt Storm 2460 , Cub Cadet 524 SW, Husqvarna ST224 and the Honda HSS724AW. All of these snow blowers including the Ariens are solid axle snow blowers and have no power steering.  The Ariens Classic one of the lightest 24 inch 2-stage snow blowers in this group so most people can turn it without an issue.

The Compact series adds a few features including the legendary Ariens cast iron gear case, larger tires and a new larger engine.

The Ariens Compact (and most likely the Classic) has an image problem.  Why?  When you walk into a typical Ariens Dealer or read a snow blower forum thread most of the time the first thing they say about the Compact Series is, “You don’t want a Compact – get the Deluxe instead.” But the truth be told – they are trying to oversell most of you.  In reality, the Ariens Classic and Compact are very capable and affordable snow blowers for people not living in a snow belt. If you have watched my videos on YouTube you see that the Classic or Compact will work just fine on my property and I’ll bet they’ll work well for you also. 

Model Name Classic Compact 20 Compact 24 Compact Track 24
Ariens Model Item # 920025 920026 920027 920028
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Buy Here: Dealer Only Buy Here: Buy Here: 
Amount/Type Of Snow All Types 50 in per year All Types 60 in per year All Types 60 in per year Midwest with steep slope
ENGINE BRAND Ariens AX208 Ariens AX223 Ariens AX223 Ariens AX223
ENGINE POWER 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs) 223cc (10 ft/lbs) 223cc (10 ft/lbs) 223cc (10 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V/Recoil 120V/Recoil 120V/Recoil 120V/Recoil
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 24 inch 20 inch 24 inch 24 inch
HOUSING HEIGHT 20 inch 20 inch 20 inch 20 inch
THROWING DISTANCE 3-40 ft 3-40 ft 3-40 ft 3-40 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 205 205.00 205 205
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 13 in x 4 in 15 in x 5 in 15 in x 5 in 15.5 in three point track
TIRE TYPE Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Track
STEERING Solid/Pin Lock Solid/Pin Lock Solid/Pin Lock Solid
DRIVE TYPE Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse
LENGTH 51.9 in 53.9 in 53.9 in 53.9 in
WIDTH 26.4 in 22.4 in 26.4 in 26.4 in
HEIGHT 43.3 in 44 in 44 in 44 in
WEIGHT 180 lbs 183 lbs 187 lbs 220 lbs
GEAR CASE Top Loaded Aluminum Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEAR CASE WARRANTY 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm
IMPELLER PROFILE 3-blade high speed Steel 3 blade Steel 3 blade Steel 3 blade
IMPELLER DIAMETER 12 inch 12 in 12 in 12 in
AUGER DIAMETER 11 in 11 in 11 in 11 in
AUGER TYPE Serrated Steel Open Serrated Steel Open Serrated Steel Open Serrated Steel Open
SKID SHOES Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable
SCRAPER BAR Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Cons, 90 days Comm 3 yr Cons, 90 days Comm 3 yr Cons, 90 days Comm 3 yr Cons, 90 days Comm
CHUTE ROTATION 2.5X Quick Turn 2.5X Quick Turn 2.5X Quick Turn 2.5X Quick Turn
TONS PER HOUR 58 Tons/Hour 59 Tons/Hour 59 Tons/Hour 59 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $699 $799 $899 $1399

2017 Ariens Deluxe Series

Most 2 and 3-stage snow blowers use a 12 inch or smaller impeller. Most have relatively small discharge chutes. The Ariens Deluxe Series is different. If you are always complaining about your current snow blower plugging up I strongly suggest looking at the Deluxe Series with a 14 inch impeller. The Ariens Deluxe is an economical heavy-duty 2-stage snow blower that uses the large impeller and other components to give you an all metal, high-capacity, heavy-duty snow blower.  If you are willing to spend a thousand dollars or more for a snow blower the Ariens Deluxe Series gives you a lot of bang for the buck.

These snow blowers work very well in areas that get moderate snowfall but the snow is typically heavier, wet snow and your yearly snow fall is 100 inches or less. Boston, West Virginia, Lake Erie shore, Muskegon, MI, Portage, IN, Alsip, IL, Flagstaff, AZ are areas of the country that get snow like this. This series also works well in places that get lots of drifts like southern Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas and other Plains States. If you average more than 100 inches I suggest moving up to the Ariens Platinum or Professional Series. The Platinum and Pro models have larger engine and high output impellers to move a lot of snow fast.

Personally I like the Auto-Turn feature on the Deluxe, Platinum and Professional Series a lot. Auto-Turn is power steering simplified. All you do is steer the snow blower with the handles. There are no triggers to pull, no extra cables to fray and little plastic levers to break.

I have a lot of readers ask, “What’s better – Auto-Turn or the Trigger Style Power Steering?” My answer is always, “It depends 🙂 ”  If you have a long, crowned driveway or need to clear across a longer sloped area the trigger steering is nice because the snow blower continues in a straight line until you tell it to turn by pulling one of the little steering triggers. The Auto Turn works OK in those situations but you will need to have both hands on the handles when walking along those slopes.

Auto-Turn works really well if you have a lot of maneuvering to do. You don’t have to think about pulling a trigger to steer, the snow blower does it automatically when you move the handles. The Auto Turn is so simple to use you don’t even know it’s there.

You already know with a solid axle (locked or pin lock) snow blower when you turn the snow blower the inside wheel keeps turning at the same speed as the outer wheel. That can be hard to use, especially if you are smaller or not as physically fit as the average user. Power steering releases that inside wheel so it is easier to turn he machine.  With a trigger style power steering you have to pull both triggers to zero-turn. The Auto Turn does it automatically. If you want to turn around in-place the snow blower lets you without any extra input on your part.

There were no changes made to the Deluxe Series this year.

       
Model Name Deluxe 24 Deluxe 28 Deluxe 28 SHO Deluxe 30 Deluxe 30 EFI
Ariens Model Item # 921045 921046 921048 921047 921049
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Buy Here: Buy Here: Dealer Only Buy Here: Buy Here: 
Amount/Type Of Snow All Types 80 in per year All Types 80 in per year All Types 100 in per year All Types 80 in per year Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr
ENGINE BRAND Ariens AX254 Ariens AX254 Ariens AX306 Ariens AX306 Ariens AX306 EFI
ENGINE POWER 254cc (12.5 ft/lbs) 254cc (12.5 ft/lbs) 306cc Gen 3 (15 ft/lbs) 306cc Gen 3 (15 ft/lbs) 306cc EFI/E-Gov (15 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 24 inch 28 inch 28 inch 30 inch 30 inch
HOUSING HEIGHT 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm)
THROWING DISTANCE 3 ft – 50 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 50 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 50 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 50 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 50 ft (.9 – 15.2 m)
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 200° 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Remote Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread
STEERING Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn
DRIVE TYPE Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse
LENGTH 58 in 58 in 58 in 58 in 58 in
WIDTH 26.4 in 29.9 in 29.9 in 32.4 in 32.4 in
HEIGHT 45 in 45 in 45 in 45 in 45 in
WEIGHT 245 lbs 250 lbs 268 lbs 276 lbs 276 lbs
GEAR CASE Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEAR CASE WARRANTY 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm
IMPELLER PROFILE Steel 3 Blade Steel 3 Blade Steel 3 Blade Steel 3 Blade Steel 3 Blade
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable
SCRAPER BAR Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm
CHUTE ROTATION 2.5x Ice Drill 2.5x Ice Drill 2.5x Ice Drill 2.5x Ice Drill 2.5x Ice Drill
TONS PER HOUR 62 Tons/Hour 65 Tons/Hour 72 Tons/Hour 71 Tons/Hour 71 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $999.00 $1,099.00 $1,199.00 $1,399.00 $1,699.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK Model # 921045   Model # 921046 NA   Model # 912047  Model # 921049

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Ariens Sno-Thro Deluxe/Platinum Drift Cutters for Snow Blowers

2017 Ariens Platimun Series

The Ariens Platinum Series takes the Deluxe snow blower and adds “creature features, larger engines and high output impellers to give you snow blower that will pretty much take on any type of snow and amount of snow. For example, if you need the larger capacity of the Deluxe because your old machine plugs up all the time but also want heated handgrips, Quick Chute control, etc. the Platinum is the snow blower for you. In addition to more features these snow blowers have over-the-top power and capacity for their size. If you ever get the chance to use one of these snow blowers on 20 inches of “Nore-easter” snow or Lake Tahoe snow you’ll quickly understand what I mean. I recommend these snow blowers for any “snow belt” area like Buffalo, NY, northern Idaho, Boston, Northern Michigan and so on.

If you see a picture in a newspaper on the Internet of an orange snow blower throwing snow up and over a 15 foot snow blank you can bet it’s one of these Platinum Series snow blowers.

       
Model Name Platinum 24 SHO Platinum SHO EFI Platinum 30 SHO Platinum Track 28 SHO
Ariens Model Item # 921050 921053 921051 921052
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Dealer Only Dealer Only Dealer Only  Dealer Only 
Amount/Type Of Snow Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr Snow Belt with steep slope
ENGINE BRAND Ariens AX369 EFI Ariens AX369 Ariens AX414 Ariens AX369
ENGINE POWER 369cc (17 ft/lbs) 369cc EFI/E-Gov (17 ft/lbs) 414cc Gen 3 (17 ft/lbs) 369cc EFI/E-Gov (17 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 24 in 24 in 30 in 28 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm)
THROWING DISTANCE 3 ft – 55 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 55 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 55 ft (.9 – 15.2 m) 3 ft – 55 ft (.9 – 15.2 m)
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 5.5 in 3 point track
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Track
STEERING Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn
DRIVE TYPE Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic Disc-O-Matic
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse
LENGTH 58 in 58 in 58 in 58 in
WIDTH 27 in 27 in 32.4 in 29 in
HEIGHT 45 in 45 in 45 in 45 in
WEIGHT 286 lbs 286 lbs 294 lbs 307 lbs
GEAR CASE Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEAR CASE WARRANTY 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm 5yr Cons, 1yr Comm
IMPELLER PROFILE High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable Steel Reversable
SCRAPER BAR Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm 3 yr Consumer 90 Comm
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Turn Quick Turn Quick Turn Quick Turn
TONS PER HOUR 73 Tons/Hour 73 Tons/Hour 83 Tons/Hour 77 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $1,499.00 $1,799.00 $1,799.00 $2,099.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK      

2017 Ariens Professional Series

Other manufactures have snowblowers that are named Pro. These snow blowers are true Professional/Commercial snow blowers. Square tube, extra strong handlebars. Largest 16 inch serrated front auger. Choice of Hydrostatic or Disk-O-Matic Drive. These snow blowers will clear up to 102 tons of snow per hour and throw snow 60 feet. (That is a higher capacity and throwing distance than the $8000 Honda HS1336iAS.) These are the biggest and baddest walk-behind snow blowers you can get.

         
Model Name Professional 28 Professional 28 Hydro EFI Professional 32 Professional 36 Hydro EFI
Ariens Model Item # 926065 926068 926071 926070
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Dealer Only Dealer Only Dealer Only Dealer Only
Amount/Type Of Snow Commercial Snow Belt Commercial Snow Belt Commercial Snow Belt Commercial Snow Belt
ENGINE BRAND Ariens Polar Force B&S Ariens AX420 EFI/E Gov Ariens Polar Force B&S Ariens AX420 EFI/E Gov
ENGINE POWER 420cc (21 ft/lbs) 420cc (21 ft/lbs) 420cc (21 ft/lbs) 420cc (21 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 28 in 28 in 32 in 36 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 23.5 in (59.7 cm) 23.5 in (59.7 cm) 23.5 in (59.7 cm) 23.5 in (59.7 cm)
THROWING DISTANCE 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m) 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m) 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m) 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m)
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 4.8 in 16 in x 6.5 in 16 in x 6.5 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread
STEERING Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn Auto-Turn
DRIVE TYPE Disc-O-Matic Hydrostatic Disc-O-Matic Hydrostatic
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse Variable 6 forward 2 reverse Variable
LENGTH 60 in 60 in 60 in 60 in
WIDTH 30.2 in 30.2 in 34.2 in 38.2 in
HEIGHT 47 in 47 in 47 in 47 in
WEIGHT 339 lbs 352 lbs 333 lbs 353 lbs
GEAR CASE Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEAR CASE WARRANTY 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm
IMPELLER PROFILE High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER DIAMETER 16 in 16 in 16 in 16 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Commercial Reversable Commercial Reversable Commercial Reversable Commercial Reversable
SCRAPER BAR Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Turn Quick Turn Quick Turn Quick Turn
TONS PER HOUR 79 Tons/Hour 79 Tons/Hour 91 Tons/Hour 102 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $2,199.00 $2,799.00 $2,499.00 $3,499.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK      

2017 Ariens Professional RapidTrak

Ariens has developed a new track system for 2017 that will change the way track drive snow blowers are used. The new RapidTrak system will not only give you the digging traction and flotation of a tracked snow blower but also the speed and ease of turning of a wheeled machine. Combined with a heavy-duty hydrostatic transmission and Auto Turn you can adjust the speed of this snow blower to whatever you need from a slow crawl to a fast walking pace.

RapidTrak has three positions or modes. 1. In regular mode the track is flat against the ground for  good traction when clearing snow. 2. In wheel mode the rear of the track is raised giving you the same “footprint” as a regular tire. This allows it to be just as easy to turn as a wheeled unit. 3. The third position, called “dig-in mode” puts all the weight of the snow blower on the rear portion of the track. This give you the ultimate in pushing and digging power when working with hard packed drifts and driven on snow.

You can very easily switch between the modes with a metal lever below right handlebar.

Read more about the Ariens RapidTrak here: Ariens RapidTrack Series

     
Model Name Professional 28 RapidTrak Professional 32 RapidTrak
Ariens Model Item # 926060 926069
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Dealer Only  Dealer Only
Amount/Type Of Snow Commercial Snow Belt Commercial Snow Belt
ENGINE BRAND Ariens Polar Force B&S Ariens Polar Force B&S
ENGINE POWER 420cc (21 ft/lbs) 420cc (21 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 28 in 28 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 23.5 in (59.7 cm) 23.5 in (59.7 cm)
THROWING DISTANCE 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m) 3 ft – 60 ft (.9 – 18.2 m)
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 5.5 in wide 5.5 in wide
TIRE TYPE High Speed Adjustable High Speed Adjustable
STEERING Auto-Turn Auto-Turn
DRIVE TYPE Hydrostatic Hydrostatic
SPEEDS Variable Variable
LENGTH 60 in 60 in
WIDTH 30.2 in 34.2 in
HEIGHT 47 in 47 in
WEIGHT 337 lbs 341 lbs
GEAR CASE Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEAR CASE WARRANTY 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm 5yr Cons, 5yr Comm
IMPELLER PROFILE High Speed Steel 3 Blade High Speed Steel 3 Blade
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in
AUGER DIAMETER 16 in 16 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Commercial Reversable Commercial Reversable
SCRAPER BAR Steel Adjustable Steel Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Comm
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Turn Quick Turn
TONS PER HOUR 79 Tons/Hour 91 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $3,099.00 $3,399.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK  

2017 Ariens Professional 21 Single Stage.

This is a new single stage snow blower that’s built for the commercial snow plow operator. Why do they need a special snow blower?

When I owned snow plow trucks in the Chicago area we always kept a single stage snow thrower with us in the pickups. We’d clear the driveways and parking lots and then pull the snow thrower out and cleanup around the mailboxes, sidewalks and in front of businesses. It was so much faster than using a snow shovel. We were very hard on these snow blowers – throwing them into the truck and dropping them on the pavement. At the time (mid 90’s) there was only one model that would hold up for more than one season.

Too make a long story short, a while back Ariens found that many of the snow plow operators in Chicago were still clearing snow the same way. Clear the large areas with the truck and then clean up with the single stage. Because of that they introduced the single stage Path Pro a few years ago. It has been a good machine at a good price point but  the Professional Operators still wanted something more rugged. More metal, longer lasting paddles, easy service and easier to get in and out of the truck. (Today’s 4-cycle snow throwers are about 25 lbs heavier than the old 2-cycle units I used)

Pro 21 Smart Lift

 

The bottom of the handles are smooth so they won’t catch on your tailgate or trunk lip. It has built in grips to make loading easier. Look at the handles closely. Extra welded plates at the bottom – extra brackets where the handle bolts together. Locking nuts, cable guides for the safety bar. Then there is the additional brace from the wheel axle to the housing….If you are a homeowner this is a great idea so you can pull it up onto your deck or even the step from the back patio to the garage.

 

Reinforced Steel Housing. Not just stampings in the sides for rigidity but also steel rods to give it extra strength. You will be able to wear down the side of the housing and the rod will keep it from wearing too far.

 

These auger paddles are much thicker than other brands.

Easy to maintain open engine design. Larger wheels than the only other competing commercial snow thrower.

 

     
Model Name Professional–21 Professional–21
Ariens Model Item # 938024 938025
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow Any- Commercial 6 in Homeowner Any- Commercial 6 in Homeowner
ENGINE BRAND Ariens AX208 Ariens AX208
ENGINE POWER 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs) 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM Recoil Recoil
STAGE TYPE Single Single
CLEARING WIDTH 21 inch 21 inch
HOUSING HEIGHT 12.1 inch 12.1 inch
THROWING DISTANCE 3-35 ft 3-35 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 210 210
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Manual Manual
TIRE SIZE 7.5 in x 2 in 7.5 in x 2 in
TIRE TYPE Semi-pneumatic Semi-pneumatic
STEERING Free Wheel Free Wheel
DRIVE TYPE Auger Propelled Auger Propelled
SPEEDS NA NA
LENGTH 50.8 50.8
WIDTH 21.2 21.2
HEIGHT 41.7 41.7
WEIGHT 87 lbs 89 lbs
GEAR CASE NA NA
GEAR CASE WARRANTY NA NA
IMPELLER PROFILE NA NA
IMPELLER DIAMETER NA NA
AUGER DIAMETER 8.375 in (21.3 cm) 8.375 in (21.3 cm)
AUGER TYPE Thick Rubber Paddle Thick Rubber Paddle
SKID SHOES NA NA
SCRAPER BAR Spring Loaded Floating Spring Loaded Floating
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial
CHUTE ROTATION Manual Remote
Smart Lift Handlebar System, Hour Meter Smart Lift Handlebar System, Hour Meter
TYPICAL PRICE $599.00 $649.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK Model # 938024 Model # 938025

2017 Ariens Path Pro Single Stage Snow Throwers

THE SINGLE-STAGE BLOWER THAT PERFORMS LIKE A TWO-STAGE.

In my opinion if the Path Pro had the same intake height as the Toro SnowMaster you would not be able to tell the difference in snow clearing ability.

It’s lightweight and easy to move. But it’s no lightweight. With a beastly Ariens-built engine, a 12.2” housing height and 8.375” paddles, the Path Pro clears up to 9” of snow all the way to the pavement. Available electric start. Blows snow up to 35 feet and features a clearing width of 21”. Starting at an affordable $399.

     
Model Name Path-Pro Path-Pro Path-Pro Path-Pro
Ariens Model Item # 938034 938031 938032 938033
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Not Sure Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow 6 in Homeowner 6-9 inches Homeowner 6-9 inches Homeowner 6-9 inches Homeowner
ENGINE BRAND Ariens AX136 Ariens AX208 Ariens AX208 Ariens AX208
ENGINE POWER 136cc (7.0 ft/lbs) 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs) 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs) 208 cc (9.5 ft/lbs)
STARTING SYSTEM 120V/Recoil Recoil 120V/Recoil 120V/Recoil
STAGE TYPE Single Single Single Single
CLEARING WIDTH 21 inch 21 inch 21 inch 21 inch
HOUSING HEIGHT 12.2 in (31 cm) 12.2 in (31 cm) 12.2 in (31 cm) 12.2 in (31 cm)
THROWING DISTANCE 3-35 ft 3-35 ft 3-35 ft 3-35 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 210 210 210 210
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Manual Manual Manual Manual
TIRE SIZE 7.5 in x 1.75 in 7.5 in x 1.75 in 7.5 in x 1.75 in 7.5 in x 1.75 in
TIRE TYPE Semi-pneumatic Semi-pneumatic Semi-pneumatic Semi-pneumatic
STEERING Free Wheel Free Wheel Free Wheel Free Wheel
DRIVE TYPE Auger Propelled Auger Propelled Auger Propelled Auger Propelled
SPEEDS NA NA NA NA
LENGTH 35.5 in (90.17 cm) 35.5 in (90.17 cm) 35.5 in (90.17 cm) 35.5 in (90.17 cm)
WIDTH 23.5 in (59.69 cm) 23.5 in (59.69 cm) 23.5 in (59.69 cm) 23.5 in (59.69 cm)
HEIGHT 23 in (58.42 cm) 23 in (58.42 cm) 23 in (58.42 cm) 23 in (58.42 cm)
WEIGHT 91 lbs 91 lbs 95 lbs 97 lbs
GEAR CASE NA NA NA NA
GEAR CASE WARRANTY NA NA NA NA
IMPELLER PROFILE NA NA NA NA
IMPELLER DIAMETER NA NA NA NA
AUGER DIAMETER 8.375 in (21.3 cm) 8.375 in (21.3 cm) 8.375 in (21.3 cm) 8.375 in (21.3 cm)
AUGER TYPE Reinforced Rubber Reinforced Rubber Reinforced Rubber Reinforced Rubber
SKID SHOES NA NA NA NA
SCRAPER BAR Polymer Adjustable Polymer Adjustable Polymer Adjustable Polymer Adjustable
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial 3 Year Consumer, 1 Year Commercial
CHUTE ROTATION       Remote
TONS PER HOUR        
TYPICAL PRICE $449.00 $469.00 $499.00 $599.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK   Ariens Path-Pro SS21 21 in. 208cc Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
Model# 938031 
 
Ariens Path-Pro SS21E 21 in. 208cc Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
Model# 938032 
Ariens Path-Pro SS21E 21 in. 208cc Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
Model# 9380323

 

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