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Ariens 921032 snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$1300
Summary: This two-stage, 30-inch Ariens has a unique auto-style differential that allows the inner wheel in a turn to spin more slowly than the outer one for easier steering and better traction. Electric start and a headlight are also included.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Ariens 921032

The Ariens 921032 is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the 921032 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Width (in.):
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.

Plow pile removal:
How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.
About This Brand

Ariens' snow blowers are available at outdoor power equipment dealers and Home Depot. It's a leading marketer whose model line consists of single- and two-stage gas models with available electric start and snow clearing widths of 22 to 26 inches.

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Features & Specs - Ariens 921032
info Engine size 291cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering Yes
info Single lever chute adjustment No
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 3
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User Reviews - Ariens 921032
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Definitely a fine machine
12/23/2014
Pros
Best I've Used W Wet Snow
Clears to the Pavement
Good Cab Available
Good Range Of Speeds
Good Traction Wo Chains
Hand-grip Warmers
Has Plenty Of Power
Little Side Spill
Maneuverable
Starts easily
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Yard
Comment:
I expect some noise with such a machine, so I always wear hearing protectors. Before purchasing the blower I tested it in wet snow, and it was wonderful. It obviously won't blow wet snow as far as it will blow dry snow, but it does a better job with wet snow than any of the other 3 (all different brands) blowers I've used. I have a slightly newer model Ariens 30 blower that has a slide lever to change the chute direction instead of the crank, but I think the rest of the features are the same as the tested model. From 30 to 5 years ago, most of our snowfalls in northwestern WY were dry and easy to blow away, even though fairly deep at times. With noticeably warmer winter temperatures in the past 5+ years, we have to deal with wetter, heavier snow, and this Ariens blower does a great job.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
arien 30
12/21/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Starts with 1 pull
Throws Far
Cons
Becareful Around Vehicles
Best Uses
Driveway
Professional
Removing Mounds Of Snow
Yard
Comment:
My driveway is about 500 feet long and setting it up at the beginning of the year just keep the bottom off the ground so you don't throw rocks from a gravel driveway. The blower has been with me for over 4 yrs. The only real problem I have had is the axle with the chain drive above the wheels has rounded out the holes where it is. I've had to use hardened washers to keep the axle close to where it should be to work. Otherwise I would go out and buy another. But why this one still does it's job. I've had three feet of snow and drifts higher to deal with and she just keeps on going. You have to adjust your speed and force to use properly. I will usually not run her any colder than -15 degrees. With her being a 18 h.p. I have never used her wide open. Thus she has been reliable and continues to work.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Worked like a champ
11/22/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Good Power
Throws Far
Cons
Get Used To The Auto Turn
Heavy Front End
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
After a lot of research (CR, and lots of online videos with reviews and in use) and the desire to buy locally I picked up my (28) model at the big box store down the block. I bought this 5 days before we got about 8 of snow. I used it twice during the snowstorm and thought it worked good. It did clear pretty much down to the pavement. Started with the pull starter after three good pulls. I found priming 4 times to work well. Electric start worked excellent. Setup and assembly was straightforward. I've read better directions but they were ok, just pay attention. Setup of the clutch/speed linkage was trial and error, took 4-5 tweaks to get the fwd and reverse speeds where they were comfortable. Pounded through the snow with no trouble. I cleared the sidewalk around the neighborhood and was able to maneuver around mail boxes w/o issue. Overall I feel this is well built, easy to adjust the chute height and direction, and w/o chains was able to go up a reasonably steep driveway. <br /><br />The auto-turn takes some getting used to. In a wide open space you can spin the unit around easily. If you are working close to the house or auto there's a risk that if you stop turning mid-way to your final direction it will start driving fwd. I found that when I got into that situation I just released the drive handle and spun it manually.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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