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Model: 921048
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Grade
Style
Clearing
28"
Wide
Intake
21"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large
Powerful 306cc Ariens AX306 Engine
Designed to function in sub-zero conditions
120-volt electric start w/recoil (cord not included)

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

Ariens' Exclusive Disc-O-Matic Drive System
Easily shift into any of the six forward or two reverse speeds

Large Cast Iron Gear Case
Provides additional power in extreme snow conditions
Delivers more engine power to the auger to throw snow

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

Chute Rotates Up To 200 Degrees
Single lever adjusts direction and height of snow stream

In-Dash Remote Chute Deflector
Adjust discharge chute up and down from the operator position

Interlocking Controls
Locks both handles, freeing one hand for chute operation


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Engine
Engine Brand
Ariens
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
CC
306 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
0.66 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
2.5x Crank
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
No
Headlights
Halogen
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
Overview
Weight
268 Pounds
Product Length
58.6 Inches
Product Width
29.9 Inches
Product Height
45.3 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
751058040684
Model
921048

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Ariens 921048 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
High Quality (44)
I'd Buy It Again (33)
Easy To Use (33)
Durable (23)
Exceeded Expectations (16)
Cons
None (13)
Bad Instructions (7)
Heavy (3)
Unreliable (2)
Low Quality (2)
95% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
57 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Jim S.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/1/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Blower, Price And Shipping!
Super experience with Snowblowers Direct. I live in the mountains in Lake Tahoe, record snows have drained the local shops, including Home Depot of all larger snowblowers...no problem at Snowblowers Direct...had this model in stock, and received it in 5 days. This Ariens Deluxe SHO 28 is a great price point, and really does the job. I had it delivered yesterday, took about 20 minutes to get it in working order (highly recommend watching the video provided on this site on how to assemble).
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Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price
Cons: None
Jim Recommends This Ariens Product
Jim's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience, the customer service is outstanding as well as all communication. Everyone speaks English..very rare!"
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Zach W.
Westfield, MA
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAR.
02
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Got A Defective One
Bought this machine during October 2016 at the Big E in Western MA. The small company I bought this from brought it to my house shortly after. First snow storm, few month later, the snowblower handle broke and it kept stalling when I used it down my driveway. I always used star tron in this machine and did not even touch the fuel yet, as the dealer filled it up with gasoline.

I called the dealership up, and they picked it up to look at it. They gave me the snow blower back a week after and... more
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Bad Instructions, Low Quality, Unreliable
Zach Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Zach,
We're sorry to hear you've had these issues with your machine. Unfortunately, in any manufacturing process, there are defects that do occur. This is why we have our warranty statement to cover these types of situations. Specifically, it covers the parts and labor to resolve any defects in manufacturing or workmanship. Unfortunately, this does not include a complete replacement, exchange, or refund from the factory. We rely on our dealers to be our eyes and ears to identify issues, and resolve them in person. If you are not satisfied with your current dealer, you are welcome to use our Dealer Locator to identify a different servicing dealer. Otherwise, we are more than happy to work with your current dealer to assist in resolving your situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Tyler
Ariens Company
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Shane T.
Redmons, OR
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/31/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Simply Awesome!
I recently sold my compact 24. It was a little work horse but I wanted a larger machine. I bought the deluxe 28 sho and couldn't be happier. The 28 is perfect for me because it is still easy to maneuver around cars in the driveway. This thing can really throw heavy wet or dry snow. We had a storm drop 33 inches of snow which proved to be too much for my neighbor's Toro, but not my Areins 28.
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None
Shane Recommends This Ariens Product
Shane's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The whole process was really easy and convenient. I paid the extra money to expedite the shipping and the snow blower made it here a day earlier than projected with bad weather all across the country. Very happy!"
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Kenneth S.
Bismarck, ND
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/3/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine.
A very good machine - easy start, powerful, fast, and maneuverable.
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Fast
Cons: None
Kenneth Recommends This Ariens Product
Kenneth's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipping was quick. Assembly pretty easy. Machine was as advertised. Powerful and fast. Easy to maneuver for a big machine. No complaints."
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Gary H.
Westwood, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/26/16
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Disappointed So Far
I ordered this machine at the end of November. The delivery was on time and the extra fee to deliver it to my garage door was worth the money.

Assembly was OK except for the handle bars. The instruction guide is minimal and graphic, but the steps can be figured out (I used a couple of YouTube videos for help, too) The alignment of the handlebar pieces was poor and required more leaning and twisting to get the screw holes to line up than they should have.

I had a tough time opening... more
Pros: Features
Cons: Bad Instructions, Low Quality
Gary Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Gary,
We're very sorry to hear you're having difficulties with your machine so far. Oil leaks are not a common issue on these units. Therefore, if you have issues with oil continuing to leak, please see your Local Dealer for further assistance. We do try to make the machines easy to assemble, but we will pass on your concerns to our management for future instructions and assembly. We appreciate your feedback! If you have further questions or concerns, you're welcome to contact us through our Support Site. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thank you,
Tyler
Ariens Company
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Kevin T.
Waterbury, CT
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/30/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Machine - Very Powerful.
I would highly recommend this machine. Very easy to operate. Very powerful. Really blows snow 50 feet or more.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Kevin Recommends This Ariens Product
Kevin's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The salesperson at Snow Blowers Direct was very helpful and knowledgeable about the machine I wanted to purchase. The order arrived within 7 days. I would highly recommend them."
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David K.
Genoa City, WI
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Few Quirks, But Still Very Happy!!!
Ordered exactly what I wanted - shipping was extremely quick as we are only a one day point away for shipping. I ordered at 10:34am and it shipped same day (in stock item.) We contacted the truck company to make arrangements for delivery - we lost one day because they call and confirm. No problem. Delivery driver was AWESOME and he even helped me get to the back of the house!

By the time I got home, it was dark and real cold (-4 degrees) - we flipped the handle up and attached it so we... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, Fast
Cons: Bad Instructions, Packaging
David Recommends This Ariens Product
David's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Way to easy!!! I knew what I was looking for and you made it a breeze to order. It was shipped extra fast (which was important as we had two storms coming.) Free shipping (with liftgate) and no taxes were an added plus and won the sale. My big box store was $100 less for the next model lower, but I would have had to pay tax and no delivery. The trucking company (Saia Trucking) was awesome and helpful - the driver was great. I would recommend anyone I know that is looking for a snow blower to contact you folks!!!! Thanks!!!"
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Christ K.
Springfield, VA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/14/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
05
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Assembly And Started On The First Pull!
The assembly was very easy, it only took about 20 minutes (which was the estimate from a customer service rep I spoke with). Once assembled, I checked the oil and put some gas in the blower. It started on the first pull.
Pros: Durable, Reliable
Christ Recommends This Ariens Product
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Todd D.
Holyoke, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
18
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Snowblower
This is a very good snowblower and has plenty of power in the snow. Steers very easily and all controls are a breeze to use.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Quiet, Light Weight
Todd Recommends This Ariens Product
Todd's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I ordered this snowblower blower on Monday and it arrived on Friday. just in time for the first storm of the year. Trucking company delivered box right into my garage. It took me about 20 minutes to set up and get snowblower started. It started very easy and is very easy to use. Storm dropped about 6 inch of snow and it had no problem getting through it. Chute controls are great as are all controls. I would definetly use snow blowers direct again. You cant beat not having to pay sales tax and free shipping."
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Mark T.
Melrose, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/3/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
08
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Old Ariens Lasted 35 Years.
My new unit went together easily and the next day it went through 8" of wet snow with no problem. I looked at several units but settled on another Ariens. So far glad I did.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Price
Mark Recommends This Ariens Product
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Bart D.
Nj, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/16/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snow Blower
Ariens has one of the best reliable durable snowblowers on the market for its value I'm very satisfied with its capabilities and it has plenty of power , the things that I'm very disappointed with is why did they move the chute handle location to the front of the dash ??? ( feels very awkward ) and why did they take away the heated handgrips these are very common features on today's snowblowers ! What was once standard is now all optional ,I did however make my own modifications for the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight, Reliable
Bart Recommends This Ariens Product
Bart's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Very professional and knowledgable staff who was able to answer all my questions"
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