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Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO (28") 306cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

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Model: 921048
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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
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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


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
Clearing Width
28 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
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 (47)
I'd Buy It Again (34)
Easy To Use (34)
Durable (25)
Exceeded Expectations (17)
Cons
None (16)
Bad Instructions (7)
Heavy (3)
Unreliable (2)
Low Quality (2)
95% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
42 Reviews
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Tame the toughest winter storms with the 921048 Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO (28") 306cc Two-Stage Snow Blower. This snow blower boasts a reliable Ariens 306cc engine designed to power in sub-zero temperatures. Convenient, push-button electric start allows for ease of use.

Featuring a Super High-Output (SHO) impeller with all-steel augers for powerful and efficient snow removal. Ariens exclusive Disc-O-Matic drive system with six forward and two reverse speeds allows you to adjust the speed to... more
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Jim S.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/1/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
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
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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Todd B.
Norristown, PA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/10/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
02
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Quality Snowblower
Snowblower arrived on time and in good condition. Very easy to assemble. Seems to be made very well. I can;t say much about performance, because it is only September. Blower started right up on first try.
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Features, Easy To Store
Cons: None
Todd Recommends This Ariens Product
Todd's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Order and delivery was very easy. I have already recommended to a friend who is buying same model shortly."
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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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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
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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Mike M.
Beulah, ND
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/25/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Happy!
Product arrived on time and undamaged. Was a snap to put together. I love this machine! It eats snow and craps thunder! If you are looking for a machine that is heavy duty and built like a tank, Ariens is the brand you should be looking at. Very very impressed with it!
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Mike Recommends This Ariens Product
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Joe A.
Minnetrista, MN
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
02
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Unbeliebable Power!
I have a driveway that's 4 cars deep and 3 cars wide. This beast cleared 7 inches of snow in about 20 minutes. I was able to shoot snow into my neighbors trampolineabout 60 feet away! I'm amazed at the power and the solid feel of it. It's much sturdier than any other brand!
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Bad Instructions
Joe Recommends This Ariens Product
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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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Kimberly D.
Woburn, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/2/16
REVIEWED
FEB.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Snow Blower Ever!!!!!!!
Named her "Ariena"
Used her 3 times already and waiting for the next storm.
Love it....
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Cons: None
Kimberly Recommends This Ariens Product
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Matthew L.
Hampton Bays, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/13/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good First Impression
Received the machine promptly, and the driver was very helpful. I assembled easily. First snow was eleven inches. The machine made story work of it as it should. Power steering was great. The ability to change throw height is a welcome improvement over my trusty old Sears blower. Having gear shift on dash saved a lot of bending. Overall the machine seems to be a big upgrade over my old Sears and Snow Blowers Direct was a good place to buy. Now let's see how it does with 24" of wet snow... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, Quiet
Cons: Bad Instructions
Matthew Recommends This Ariens Product
Matthew's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"First rate service. Fast delivery, between e mails and phone call from trucker I was informed all the way. Item came in good shape and driver brought crate into my garage."
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Adrian W.
Sanford, ME
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/29/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
15
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love This Snowblower
Bought this after getting sick of another brand's model having constant issues. First, build quality is sooooo much better and as others have stated, assembly takes about 15 - 20 minutes.

Love the auto turn or whatever it is technically called, makes it very easy to use. Traction was good, if adding a cab (as I did) I would get a weight bar or make one yourself.

The only thing I would avoid is the Ariens Deluxe Cab. Compared to the snowblower, it is at the opposite end of the spectrum... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Durable, Reliable
Adrian Recommends This Ariens Product
Adrian's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Yes, but not to pay for the expedited shipping processing. Ended up getting the delivery on the very last day of the normal delivery window whereas if it had arrived on time, I would have had it for a lovely little snowstorm."
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