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

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Model: 921040
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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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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


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
Clearing Width
30 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
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 (13)
Features (8)
Reliable (8)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Easy To Use (5)
Cons
Heavy (6)
Expensive (4)
Bad Instructions (2)
Steering Difficult Setup (1)
Hand Warmer is ON/Off. T... (1)
86% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
49 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Adam M.
Oakley, UT
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/10/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
22
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Updated Review
This is a product review update to my previous review.

After Clearing 140 inches of snow with this blower it called it quits. While Clearing my road which is 1100 feet long dirt. The blower backfired and quit. Could not get it started again. Had to push it home (not a lot of fun when it weighs 300+LBS). Thought it was a fuel issue (like not getting fuel).

Dropped the drain in the bowl, let it empty and fuel keep flowing with the gas line open. So put ti back and trued to start it and it... more
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, Features
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
Adam Recommends This Ariens Product
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Jordan K.
Bolton, CT
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Pretty Good Blower
I Upgraded from an ariens 9/26 to the platnum 30 SHO about two years ago. Have 9 accounts I do with it. Its a beast capable of speed 2 or 3 through a moderate 8-12 inches, speed one 100% duty cycle through plow pack on aprons. Heres the thing with it. 30 inch width really needs a center brace on each side of the auger (will probably weld one in myself) to the auger shaft. Older 28" units had this support. I didn't know to look for it till I mangled the auger when sheer pin failed to break... more
Pros: Reliable, Features, Fast, throws far
Cons: open differential, weak auger without 3rd blade support
Jordan Recommends This Ariens Product
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Chris W.
Cheektowaga, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/26/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
30
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Snowblower, Great Value And Investment.
I was able to save $150.00 on this because SBD had last years model available still new in the box. this fired right up after I put it together.

I have a big driveway and this snowblower throws the snow farther than I would have ever expected it too, even the wet heavy snow that the plows leave behind at the end of my driveway !!
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Durable
Chris Recommends This Ariens Product
Chris's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Snowblowers Direct made it very simple to buy from them, I saved on taxes and shipping. their webpage makes it easy to compare between other makes and models. So far I am very happy with the product and service, I have already recommended them to my friends and coworkers. Being from Buffalo NY, I actually look forward to the weather forecast when it calls for snow so I can play with my new snowblower !!"
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James
Kansas City, MO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/17/14
Total Helpful Votes
42 Helpful Votes
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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Edward D.
Danvers, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/7/15
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
02
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Buy From Your Dealer
got the snowblower, shipping was fine..after unpackaging found the auger case was leaking, figured I would be okay since I have the 5 year warranty..called local ariens dealer and was told he fixes machines they sell first and would look at mine in a month or so... called another one and they said same thing.

If that type of service is okay with you go for it..but we aren't even in the snow season yet and they are pushing me back, what do you thinks going to happen when they get busy. I will... more
Edward Does Not Recommend This Product
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314
Ryan
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/3/14
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
26
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Only Works Once
I purchased this snow blower from PED and it arrived 2 weeks ago. I already am having problems with the carburetor or fuel flow as the motor turns off spontaneously.

Be wary about ordering a product online that is likely to have problems. They refer you to the manufacturer for help and are unable to properly assist you.
Ryan Does Not Recommend This Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Ryan,
We are sorry to hear of the issue you are having with your snow blower. Please feel free to contact one of our experts at 800-710-7499 and we can try to get to the bottom of the issue you are having.
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William C.
Belmont, NH
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/14/14
Total Helpful Votes
33 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fricken Awesome
Hello,

I was skeptical a bit about ordering this through an online company. But after doing so my expectations were exceeded and then some.

The shipping was lightening fast and the snow blower came pre-packaged in absolutely mint condition and not a scratch. Packaging was easy to deal with, and the machine went together easy!

There is no doubt I will be ordering again, its not a matter of what I order but when! Hard to be disappointed with this entire experience! I will be highly... more
William Recommends This Ariens Product
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Peter
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/3/14
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
24
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Powerful Beast, But Auto-turn Is Horrible
After a 6 week delay we got our Platinum 30 SHO. First problem: Unless you are mechanically inclined the assembly is NOT easy. I was unable to do it and another $100 to a local dealer was required. WARNING: There are *NO* online video tutorials for this model's assembly, especially the chute directional control cables. But it came back from the shop all working 2 days before 5.5" of heavy wet snow fell.

This beast is powerful. It handles wet snow like it wasn't even there, and the AX... more
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Quiet, Powerfu
Cons: Heavy, Difficult To Use, Bad Instructions, Auto-turn
Peter Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Peter,
Thank you for your review. The Ariens Company is sorry to hear about the experience you have encountered with your Auto-Turn feature. There could be an adjustment needed with the housing to correct the erratic behavior of the feature. I am including a video which was produced last year to help consumers with the adjustment. If you are still having problems, please contact Ariens Technical Support at 920.756.4688 and we will be happy to walk you through the process or provide alternative troubleshooting steps. Again, we apologize for your inconvenience, but do appreciate your feedback.


Auto-Turn Adjustment
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Snow Valley
Breckenridge, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/13/14
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
22
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Snow Valley
I bought this after it was recommended by my neighbor, he has a slightly older version. We live just south of Breckenridge, CO. at 10,030' elevation and get about 60 inches of snow per month Nov - Apr. and some into May and June.

This machine is well built, no plastic bits to break, its huge - but easy to handle. I went with the larger engine since it has a higher auger speed and throws snow further. Sure it rides up in really deep stuff, such as snow banks, but make a couple of passes and... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Preferred It To Start On The First Pull
Snow Recommends This Ariens Product
Snow's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Easy, no sales tax."
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Michael M.
Dracut, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/5/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powerful And Perfect For My Needs
I need a blower that can really throw the snow, because I need to throw the snow north, into the wind (due to a retaining wall), and I need to be able to get through the end of my driveway where the plow often leaves a 4' high strip that's 3 cars wide.

I'm coming from a 12 year old 10hp 28" wide Yard Machines Gold Snowblower, which seemed big back then, and it did work much better than my much smaller 5hp blower the preceded it. This Arians is one big and powerful snowblower. I've... more
Pros: Features, Quiet, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy, Packaging
Michael Recommends This Ariens Product
Michael's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience buying from SBD. I will consider them for any future equipment needs. The only very SMALL issue I has was a deep scratch on the front of the blower caused during shipment. I simply bought some Arians Orange paint and took care of the scratch myself. Wasn't even worth reporting to SBD. Despite the scratch during shipping, the frieght company was awesome. They delivered on my schedule AND brought the GIANT box right into my garage for no additional cost."
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Peter
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/3/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
02
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Followup To Earlier Review
I first reviewed this machine in January 2015 and expressed grave reservations about the auto-steer feature. I need to follow this up with a resolution that will be of interest to anybody looking to buy this machine now.

With the stock metal skids, even with the auto-turn mechanism properly adjusted according to the video (and performed by a dealer), it will pull unexpectedly and randomly. The fix was to swap out the metal skids for composite. I won't say it's perfect but it's much better... more
Pros: Powerful Relatively-quiet For A 12hp Machine
Cons: Steering Difficult Setup
Peter Does Not Recommend This Product
Peter's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Machine was back-ordered forever and there wasn't a lot of communication as to when it would be available. It took 6 weeks before we got it, with three blown "expected by" dates. Not PED's fault if Ariens isn't shipping, but just beware of excessive lead times from Ariens."
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