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Ariens Platinum 24 SHO (24") 369cc Two-Stage Snow Blower (2015 Model)

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Model: 921038
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Grade
Style
Clearing
24"
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 369cc Ariens AX369 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


Engine
Engine Brand
Ariens
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
CC
369 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
3.2 Gallons
Torque
15 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
Clearing Width
24 Inches
Intake Height
21 Inches
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 Controls
Yes
Drift Cutters
Sold Separately
Front Weights
Sold Separately
Interlocking Controls
Yes
Hand Warmers
Yes
Headlights
Halogen
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
Overview
Weight
250 Pounds
Product Length
57.91 Inches
Product Width
26.4 Inches
Product Height
44.25 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
751058038353
Model
921038
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Ariens 921038 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (13)
Features (9)
Easy To Use (7)
Durable (7)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Cons
Heavy (5)
Expensive (4)
Bad Instructions (3)
Difficult To Use (1)
Packaging (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
57 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Free Thewhales
Queens, NY
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Bought 102015...no Use Till Nyc 2nd Largest Snowstorm Ever
So 10/2015, I bought the ARIENS for the engine CC size for a 24inch unit and ARIENS reputation.

Twiddling my fingers and thumbs for the past 3 months till 01232016 when NYC got hit by the 2nd largest snowstorm ever.

I live in Queens and got over 28 inches with drifts in my driveway of over 3-4 feet high. I cleared my 80 foot driveway, my walkways and my rear yard in about 8 hours.

Wow 8 hours you say that is too long. But my driveway does not allow me to pile snow on the sides. I have... more
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Free Recommends This Ariens Product
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Todd M.
Dearborn, MI
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/22/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Almost Really Good
Purchased the snow blower in Fall of 2015. I only needed it twice that winter and it performed well. I was very happy.
The first major snow of 2016 was about a week ago. Within a few minutes of clearing the driveway, I lost control of the speed.

I was left with only "high speed forward" and the shifter became unresponsive. This was a Friday evening and tech support was unavailable. It was late at night and I was able to manage to complete the clearing job in high speed... more
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Todd Does Not Recommend This Product
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Todd M.
Dearborn, MI
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/22/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
13
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Almost Good Again
This is my second review of this snow blower. I continue to be stunned at what a cheap piece of junk I purchased. After the slider fork fell off the axle early this winter (see my other review), and I fixed it by bending the cheaply made stamped steel fork back on and into a better shape... I have had another issue that involved a cheaply made, stamped steel part. Interestingly, it is a fork of another type.

I bumped lightly into a small branch of a tree hanging over the driveway with the... more
Cons: Cheap stamped steel parts
Todd Does Not Recommend This Product
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Rodel Delos Reyes
Staten Island, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 8/30/14
Total Helpful Votes
44 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Heavy Duty
I have used my brothers 2 year old platinum 24 in the past and when I bought my house I was sure I had to have one. This year for the same price this more powerful engine was available so it was a no brainier.

I shopped around at the local big box stores, sears and independent distributors. It was exhausting to find so many different features and price points. For me I needed power and dependability since the plow trucks point the plow to my side of the street. Most cheaper snow blowers I... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
Rodel Recommends This Ariens Product
Rodel's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Purchasing could not have been any easier. Shipping though I could have saved the $50 since after speaking with the driver he mentioned that they only had trucks with a liftgate on them."
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D. W.
Summit, NJ
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Upgrade From Snow Blowers Direct .. Very Satisfied
Pros:

Snow Blowers Direct: Highly recommended. Ordered Sat & shipped on Monday. They answered my call & addressed my delivery service issue promptly.

Shipping: Used lift gate, on a pallet & totally enclosed in heavy duty cardboard, perfect condition, shipped with oil.

Assembly: 30 minutes, controls & chute, not hard.

Start up: literally 1st pull

Cons:
None, would order from Snow Blowers Direct again.

The past:
For past 10 years I used the Ariens 8524 (8.5... more
Pros: Durable, Features, Price, I'd Buy It Again
D. Recommends This Ariens Product
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Lady S.
Queens, NY
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Expensive But Built Like A Brickhouse
SBD is fantastic as is the bottom line price compared to getting it from other sites or locally.

The major issue is setup but if you can handle that, then you get a good deal with no tax or shipping expensive except for the lift gate service.


The price is expensive for the unit but all my local and online dealers charged same price or even more along with shipping and taxes. So in my opinion SBD delivers the best price as long as you can handle the 2 hour assemble.

As others have... more
Pros: Features, High Quality, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Bad Instructions
Lady Recommends This Ariens Product
Lady's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordered on 10/08/2015 and arrived via trucking company ABF on 10/14/2015. I mis-understood meaning of lift gate service and did not order it at time of order. I called and spoke to Brian at SBD late on 10/12/2015 and he upgraded my delivery to include lift gate for the normal fee of $50. Brian then faxed the updated information directly to ABF. Delivery date came and ABF showed up within the delivery time frame and brought the unit via a palletjack up to my garage which is about 80 feet from the road. It comes on a large pallet that the trucking companies use to move to and fro but directly attached to the the ARIENS box is another smaller better quality palleted that is securely attached to the ARIENS box. This is great as it isolates the box from the larger pallet and possible damage from the forklifts/palletjacks. The driver even helped to remove the unit from the larger pallet and remove it to his truck. SBD use of ABF was great and the delivery was so quick and easy to set up a delivery window. SBD also came through when I discovered my chute had interior cosmetic damages and exposed metal as well. They arranged for a can of touch up paint and a new chute to be delivered. The price is expensive for the unit but all my local and online dealers charged same price or even more along with shipping and taxes. So in my opinion SBD delivers the best price as long as you can handle the 2 hour assemble. As others have said the pictograph chart leaves a lot to be desired. I used the chart, online videos and the actual manual to reinforced the pictograph diagrams. With another person took about two hours but I took my time. The procedure if you have your tools ready should take at best less than an hour."
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Jeff
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/3/15
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
18
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect Blower For New England
Just ordered an Ariens Platinum 24 SHO between the major snow storms this year. The machine came just in time for the last storm which dropped about 18 inches of fresh snow on top of the many feet of snow we already had. The shipping times and delivery were as advertised. This machine was perfect! It powered through all of the new and old snow, allowing me to easily handle the snow banks left from the plows as well as widen the paths for the sidewalk and driveway. I was able to clear... more
Jeff Recommends This Ariens Product
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Erwin H.
Draper, UT
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/12/14
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
02
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Jury Is Out
Received and assembled the snow blower - no problem.

However, I could not control the speed adjustment lever - even though I would set it in the "slow" position, once in drive it would slowly creep into the "fast" position on its own accord.

I called Ariens. It seems the wrong control panel was installed, this model should have had notches to hold the speed in any given gear, but the machine I received did not -- even though the panel label had the correct model... more
Cons: Wrong Control Panel Installed
Erwin Does Not Recommend This Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Erwin,
We're sorry for the trouble you've been through. If you continue to have a hard time, give us a call and we'll help you out.
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173
Vern M.
Maplewood, MN
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Would Like All To Read This
I purchased last year in October thinking I got the very best snow blower I could. Powerful engine, headlight, HAND WARMER. But the most important thing for me is EASY TURNING, which is important for an 80 year old.

All worked well. Except for the easy turn - it simply was not true. I struggled with that machine all last year. Then I read a review on Polly skids and gave them a try.WOW what a difference.Now I have the Blower I thought I was getting.
shame on Airens for not furnishing them... more
Vern Recommends This Ariens Product
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Bob
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 8/19/15
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
17
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Impressive With One Major Flaw
I ordered the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO machine to replace my 18 year old Ariens. The ordering and delivery process was efficient and prompt. Assembly took about 1.5 hours ( except as noted below). The assembly cartoon aides were not as detailed as I would have liked, but eventually things came together, and the unit started up once I got the choke set correctly.

The machine is much heavier than my old one, so I'm glad I did not get the 30 inch. It appears to be significantly more powerful.... more
Bob Recommends This Ariens Product
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167
Matthew
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/2/15
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Finally
I have been plowing farms or commercial lots since I was 10. Thirty years on, I made a jump. I have owned several snow blowers, a small Toro , a Craftsman, a thirty year old MTD. I live just outside Boston. This year has been a slow motion disaster. Kinda like a tornado, but really really slow. After the first storm, which was a 2' snow fall, I decided that it was time for a real snow blower. A grown up snow blower. I think this was one of my best choices ever as an adult. In less than... more
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