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Ariens Consumer Two-Stage (20") 5-HP Snow Blower (Recoil Start)

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Grade
Style
Clearing
20"
Wide
Intake
17.5"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large
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Built-to-Last
Unprecedented 3 year limited consumer warranty
90 day limited warranty for commercial use

All Steel Construction
Housing and chute built with powder-coated steel

Tecumseh Snow King Engine
Powerful 5-HP L-Head engine designed just for snow

Recoil Start
Start by simply pulling the engine rope

2.5x Quick-Turn
Chute rotates 200 degrees with just 2 1/2 cranks

Six-Speed Drive
Disc-O-Matic drive system with aluminum gear case
Ideal for customers wanting faster clearing speeds



Model
  Model Number:520
 Manufacturer:Ariens
Engine
 Brand:Tecumseh Snow King
 Type:4-Cycle L-Head
 Power:5 hp / 195 cc
 Starting System:Recoil
 Fuel Tank:2 quarts (1.89 liters)
Auger
 Diameter:11" (27.94 cm)
 Material:Serrated Steel
Impeller
 Diameter:12" (30.48 cm)
 Profile:Steel 3-Blade
Chute
 Material:Steel
 Chute Rotation:2.5x Crank
 Turning Radius:200°
 Max Throwing Distance:35 feet (10.67 meters)
Drive System
 Drive:Disc-O-Matic
 Gear Case:Aluminum
 Forward Speeds:6 Forward
 Reverse Speeds:2 Reverse
 Tire Type:Directional Snow Tread
 Tire Size:13" x 4" (33.02 cm x 10.16 cm)
Options
 Remote Deflector Contols:No
 Drift Cutters:Sold Separately
 Front Weights:Not Applicable
 Interlocking Controls:No
 Hand Warmers:No
Overview
 Weight:150 Lbs. (68.04 kilograms)
 Dimensions:53L x 22.4W x 44H
(134.62 x 56.90 x 111.76 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:90 Days
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Doug
Amherst, MA
REVIEWED
OCT.
18
2009
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Repair Nightmare
I bought this model at a Big Box store. After only four uses the oil leaked out of the gear case.

It turned out the bolts had been over-torqued at the factory and broke off inside. When I took it for warranty repair they did the work on it but also claimed I had clogged the carb with bad gas (right, four starts on a clean fresh can of gas) and replaced the carburetor.

I don't know if there was actually a problem with the carb, in which case the machine was pretty much crud; or... more
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Tom
Long Island, NY
REVIEWED
DEC.
06
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
20" Ariens Bought Nov. 1984
I love my Ariens. It has never failed me. It still starts on the first pull. All it ever got was new belts, oil changes, new skids and scrapper bar.

Not only do I clean up my 150' of sidewalk, and my double wide driveway, but I also do the street in front of my driveway before the plows come.

If the Ariens should ever die, I will buy another Ariens.
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Paul
Omaha, NE
REVIEWED
DEC.
08
2009
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not All That Money!
Very weak performance for a good name brand.

Go buy a consumer line Toro that really throws snow. This machine does not live up to the reputation.

I moved South and sold my Toro, I moved back and bought this 520. Oops!
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Doug
Hayden, ID
REVIEWED
JAN.
15
2009
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Blower
I recently moved to N Idaho and was going to wait out the winter before buying a snowblower.

We've had one of the heaviest snow falls on record in December. I used a neighbors year-old Craftsman 24" blower to clear the neighbor's and my driveway, sidewalks and berms. It did well, but the drive and chute controls were located near or below the engine, making difficult to make adjustments. The machine was heavy and hard to manage.

It didn't have the attachment drive interlock the... more
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Janet
Depew, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/18/08
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
25
2008
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Women Can Use Snowblowers, Too!
I have never owned a snowblower, but I went with Ariens because of all the good things I have heard about them.

I really like the quality of this machine. The size is perfect- it's not too big to handle, even though I'm a woman.

It is very easy to learn how to use, and it cuts through the snow with ease.

I would definitely recommend this machine for its quality and ease of use.
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Dennis
Bismarck, ND
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/29/08
REVIEWED
DEC.
01
2010
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Happy Little Blower
I've used it for 3 years now and the size is just perfect. I see it has been discontinued. Too bad.

Because it's only a 20 inch blower the 5 hp motor makes it work like a 8hp I use to have.
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Andrew Porter
New Berlin, WI
REVIEWED
JAN.
11
2010
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Good Snowblower, Lousy Durability
SBD RESPONSE: We normally don't comment BEFORE a review. However, this review needs clarification. The snow blower performed exactly as it was intended. Shear bolts are designed to snap protecting the engine from significant damage. See our Snow Story "Why You Need Shear Bolts" for more information.
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I've had my Ariens 520 for 1 year. It moved snow wonderfully and until last week I was a huge fan.

Three days ago, I was clearing drifts from my driveway and the... more
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Janet Hoffstetter
Depew, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/18/08
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
02
2009
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Perfect For Women!
This is a great performing snowblower that is not so huge that a woman couldn't use it.

It moves easily since it's self propelled, and it's simple to start and operate. I suppose if there were 4 feet of snow there might be a problem but for regular snowfalls, its great.

Being a woman myself, this turned out to be the perfect size. Be advised that the $50.00 for Priority Shipment only means it will be put on the truck that day and does not guarantee next day delivery.

I would... more
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