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Ariens Platinum 30 SHO (30") 414cc Two-Stage Snow Blower (2015 Model)

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Ariens Snow Blowers and AccessoriesModel: 921040
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Grade
Style
Clearing
30"
Wide
Intake
21"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large
New Super High-Output Impeller (SHO)
Faster impeller speeds by way of modified belts and pulleys
Improved output and throwing distance

Powerful 414cc Ariens AX414 Engine
Designed to function in sub-zero conditions
120-volt electric start w/recoil (cord not included)

Heavy Duty Disc-O-Matic Drive With Large Cast Iron Gear Case
Easily shift into any of the six forward or two reverse speeds
Provides additional power in extreme snow conditions

New Improved Quick Turn Chute Control
No more finicky cable adjustment with separate pull back motion
Rotates up to 200 degrees using single lever

Remote Chute Deflector Control
Dash-mounted control to change position & angle of the deflector

Auto-Turn Steering Technology
Senses change in direction automatically as you turn
Adjusts power to the inside wheel to make turning easier

Handwarmers
Keeps your fingertips toasty warm in sub-zero weather

16 x 4.8 Directional Tread Tires


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Engine
Engine Brand
Ariens
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
CC
414 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
0.8 Gallons
Torque
20 lbs
Auger Housing / Chute Control
Auger Diameter
14 inches
Impeller Diameter
14 inches
Profile
Steel 3-Blade
Auger Material
Serrated Steel
Chute Material
Steel
Chute Rotation
Quick-Turn
Turning Radius
200 degrees
Max Throwing Distance
55 feet
Drive System
Drive
Disc-O-Matic
Steering
Auto-Turn
Gear Case
Cast Iron
Reverse Speeds
2 Reverse
Tire Type
Directional Snow Tread
Forward Speeds
6 Forward
Tire Size
16" x 4.8"
Options
Remote Deflector Contols
Yes
Drift Cutters
Sold Separately
Front Weights
Sold Separately
Interlocking Controls
Yes
Hand Warmers
Yes
Headlights
Halogen
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
Overview
Weight
274 Pounds
Product Length
57.9 Inches
Product Width
32.4 Inches
Product Height
44.3 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
751058038360
Model
921040
  1 Question
Q: Hi.

Ariens Platinum 30 SHO - does this have a fixed wide open throttle, or a variable throttle that will allow me to idle it for a few minutes until it warms up?

Thanks.

by Tom from Montana on April 07, 2016

A: Tom - there is a throttle control knob mounted on the top of the engine just behind the fuel tank that allows you to control the speed of the engine.
by Robert, Product Expert

Ariens 921040 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (8)
Reliable (5)
I'd Buy It Again (4)
Easy To Use (4)
Features (4)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Expensive (2)
Bad Instructions (2)
Packaging (1)
Steering Difficult Setup (1)
84% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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James
Kansas City, MO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/17/14
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Bring It On Frosty!!!
Finally upgraded from my tired old Craftsman 29". It was a good machine, but after 6 years of hard use, it was starting to knock a bit. Decision to go Ariens was a no-brainer, I've never heard an owner say a bad thing about them. Went with the Platnium mostly as I needed the handwarmers. I've had frostbite several times, so now my hands get cold easily. Assembly was easy, requires basic hand tools and the ability to follow directions (not easy for me). Did not have to make any... more
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Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality
James Recommends This Ariens Product
James's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Nothing bad to say. I ordered on-line and received a call from the shipper a few days later to set up delivery. Was thrilled with the speed with which the order processed and was delivered. The truck driver actually volunteered to wait so he could take the pallet once we got the box off it."
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Peter S.
Ridgefield, CT
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/26/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
17
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not Shifting Gears Already
Just bought a new Ariens and used it twice, it's already not shifting gears! It also seems weak throwing a bit of wet snow.
Peter Does Not Recommend This Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Peter,
I apologize for the issues you are experiencing with your new Ariens snow blower. The difficulty in shifting gears may be a simple adjustment that will need to be made on the unit itself however, if you have no done so already, I would suggest contacting Ariens technical support directly at 920-756-4688. In regards to the wet snow, unfortunately, the snow blowers will have a shorter throwing distance for this snow consistency compared to a lighter snow.

Once again I apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your time in writing this review.
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Alex K.
Silver Bay, MN
REVIEWED
JAN.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Power
I bought the ariens platinum 30 from snow blowers direct Jan of 2014. It came with a dent in the top of the fuel tank which caused the paint to flake off. I didn't address this with the seller as it wasn't much of a concern as to how the machine would perform. I was able to assemble everything in about an hour, I'm very handy but it was my first time assembling a snow blower.

Reliability - I did not have to use the electric start for the first two years, I had some trouble starting it this... more
Alex Recommends This Ariens Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Alex,
Thank you for sharing your experience. It sounds like you really enjoy your big bad snowblower! Amen to that, and enjoy the power!
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Jeffry S.
Byfield, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/30/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wow! Can It Throw Snow!
Our first snow here in NE Massachusetts wasn't very deep, but it was a great test of the snowblower. About 3-1/2 inches of icy sleet followed by freezing rain and a sudden plunge in temp to about 20 degrees made for a tough, heavy and ice-covered mess. But the machine dug down and threw a stream of mostly crushed ice a huge distance. It throws left as easily as right, something my old snowblower couldn't do unless the snow was light and fluffy. And the hand warmers - YES!

My driveway is... more
Jeffry Recommends This Ariens Product
Jeffry's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Buying this was so easy. I looked around to see if the price was good. It was. The information on the site and the reviews were helpful. A couple of clicks, maybe 3 days and it's in my driveway. I paid the extra 50 bucks for the hydraulic lift gate delivery, a must for a 300-lb machine."
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Paul W.
Hayden, ID
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/11/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
05
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
This is my first snowblower. Bought this one after reading numerous reviews and decided the bigger engine was my best choice. I also bought the snow chains.

I paid the $50 extra charge for delivery as I needed the lift gate. The driver arrived and stopped in front of my house. I have a 200' driveway. He told me he didn't have a lift gate and asked me what I had to get this heavy unit off the truck. I had my 70 yr old father in law to help, that's what I had. We had to slide the box... more
Paul Recommends This Ariens Product
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Eugene V.
Wall, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 8/26/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Compairable To The Profesional 28"
same thing motor not Briggs& Stratton though but within 6cc of the pro model. have yet to try it easy to put together and PED is a good company to deal with. I had an Ariens that I replaced that was only 11 years old and is the reason I bought another one.

These r the best you can buy. I have been through blizzards with the old one that i sold to help replacement costs. So far new model is very quite and to maneuver with added features that i am looking forward to let it snow.
Pros: High Quality, Reliable, Features, Quiet
Cons: Expensive, As Compared To Other Brands
Eugene Recommends This Ariens Product
Eugene's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"They are nice to deal with. Product came as expected, great shipping company."
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John B.
Green Bay, WI
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 8/20/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Buy!!
Anybody with a few tools can assemble this machine in an hour!
John Recommends This Ariens Product
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Chuck C.
Baltimore, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/25/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Features & Function Are Superb (service)
The blower performs as advertised. The only feature that I found to be lacking was the auto turn. It did not seem to be very pronounced. However, the product arrived with a damaged deflector cable (abrasion down to bare metal) and the holes on the shovel to attach the glide plates were not drilled all the way (too small) and therefore only one bolt could be attached.

Called Snow Blowers Direct who punted me the manufacturer. Called Manufacturer who punted me to a local dealer. Called... more
Chuck Recommends This Ariens Product
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Roger I.
Parkville, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/30/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Envy Of The Neighborhood Snow Canon Capabilities!
24 foot wide to 30 foot wide driveway 250 feet total length. Old 5 hp snowblower was not able to move the snow two times to widen driveway driving area. New snowblower shoots up in the air 20 feet high over my flagpole and 50 feet from driveway area total throwing distance 70 feet!

Unbelievable looks like a snow canon! Has terrific power even in a small snow 2 inches less clears easily. Wet snow storm has capabilities of clearing heavy slush easily where old snowblower would hardly... more
Roger Recommends This Ariens Product
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Charles C.
Phoenix, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/25/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Runs Great But Quality Control Is Lacking
Assembled according to picture instructions. Not too difficult but allow some time. Cable had abrasion down to metal. Had to tape with electrical tape. Holes to attach skids were misaligned so skids can't be attached until I disassemble.

Only used two times but runs like a champ. Not so sure about auto turn feature. Seems like it takes almost as much effort as my 20 year old blower.
Charles Recommends This Ariens Product
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Bill B.
Arlington Heights, IL
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/23/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ariens Platinum 30" Snow Blower
This machine has enough to throw the heavy, heavy snow the plows leave at the throat of my driveway.

I'm not sure it turns as easy as the ads say.
Bill Recommends This Ariens Product
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