What's this? Overall score is based mainly on removal speed, distance, surface cleaning, controls, and handling.
$1,202.00 - $1,575.70
Summary:This two-stage, 30-inch Ariens has a unique auto-style differential that allows the inner wheel in a turn to spin more slowly than the outer one for easier steering and better traction. Electric start and a headlight are also included.
The Ariens 921032 is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the 921032 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.
Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.
Plow pile removal:
How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.
About This Brand
Ariens' snow blowers are available at outdoor power equipment dealers and Home Depot. It's a leading marketer whose model line consists of single- and two-stage gas models with available electric start and snow clearing widths of 22 to 26 inches.
Engine size Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Electric start Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar, one engaging the wheel traction and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature allows both control levers to be held down with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature, which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar, disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
Single lever chute adjustment Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight This eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips Heated handgrips are a nicety, though they don't replace a good pair of gloves.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
After a lot of research (CR, and lots of online videos with reviews and in use) and the desire to buy locally I picked up my (28) model at the big box store down the block. I bought this 5 days before we got about 8 of snow. I used it twice during the snowstorm and thought it worked good. It did clear pretty much down to the pavement. Started with the pull starter after three good pulls. I found priming 4 times to work well. Electric start worked excellent. Setup and assembly was straightforward. I've read better directions but they were ok, just pay attention. Setup of the clutch/speed linkage was trial and error, took 4-5 tweaks to get the fwd and reverse speeds where they were comfortable. Pounded through the snow with no trouble. I cleared the sidewalk around the neighborhood and was able to maneuver around mail boxes w/o issue. Overall I feel this is well built, easy to adjust the chute height and direction, and w/o chains was able to go up a reasonably steep driveway. <br /><br />The auto-turn takes some getting used to. In a wide open space you can spin the unit around easily. If you are working close to the house or auto there's a risk that if you stop turning mid-way to your final direction it will start driving fwd. I found that when I got into that situation I just released the drive handle and spun it manually.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
worst blower ever
Had my machine exchanged twice. First the wheel was seized and the motor wouldn't start.<br /><br />Machine was exchanged and it was leaking a lot of oil after delivery. Was serviced to get it fixed and it still leaked.<br /><br />Machine was returned for a full refund.<br /><br />A buddy of mine has the same issue with his wheel seizing or stiffening up
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Hey, you!..
from Eastchester, New York
(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
An "anti heart attack" solution!..
"just Get One"
Clears to the Pavement
Difficult to Start
I've had my 7 1/2 horsepower Ariens for 52 years. Yes, you read that right!..<br />It used to be a bit hard to start up, but after some years, I had an Electric Start<br />installed and that solved that dilemma!.. If you just love to shovel snow, don't get one. But, for an old timer like me, it is a blessing. So, now, when it snows like a blizzard, I don't fret!.. As a matter of fact, its rather FUN watching this monster machine do its thing, just beautiful....