Ariens AX254 921030 snow blower

 
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Summary: This 28-inch, two-stage Ariens has an automotive-style steering system that allow the inner wheel to turn more slowly than the outer one in a turn. Electric start and a headlight are part of the package.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Ariens AX254 921030

The Ariens AX254 921030 is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the AX254 921030 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Width (in.):
The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

Plow pile removal:
How quickly 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 AX254 921030
info Engine size 254cc
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 AX254 921030
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4.0
Ariens 28 inch / 254 cc// a workhorse
1/25/2016
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Easy Start
Easy Steer
Maneuverable
Manueverable
Throws Far
Cons
Left Hand Drive Control
Best Uses
Driveway
Hard Surfaces
Professional
Comment:
Bought this to replace a CubCadet with single level chute control, good idea, but not user friendly. very durable machine, sturdy/reinforced impeller system, good speed selections, solid construction with medium grade sheet-metal and metal parts... includes cute shovel and spare shear pins.... only frustration is that to adjust chute direction angle with right hand you release handlebar clamp and drive unit stops... should allow drive/auger lock with auger handle so need to release both handles for unit to stop... as does Craftswoman and other such units... or move drive control to other side...
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Won't go in a straight line
1/25/2016
Pros
Solidly Built
Throws Far
Cons
Loud
Won't Go In A Straight Li
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I purchased this snowblower for the auto-turn feature, what a mistake. I can't get the machine to go straight I have to fight it all the way to keep a straight line. I had a 2012 Craftsman snowblower that was highly recommended by Consumer Reports. That snowblower worked great but had locked rear wheels that made it somewhat difficult to turn. But it went perfectly straight when you wanted it to. So since I'm getting older I figured the auto-turn feature would be just what I needed. Reading the manual I initially set the scraper bar height at 1/8 on a flat surface. When I used the snowblower on the first small snowstorm I noticed the continual pulling either to the left or right, I had to fight it all the way to keep it straight. This was on a totally flat asphalt driveway, an ideal surface with light snow. After that experience I again referred to the manual and set the height to 3/8 hoping that might cure the pulling. The next storm was six inches of light snow and the machine still continued to pull. Plus it left the the 3/8 inch of snow behind that I had to shovel. I did a web search and found that the many people that had this machine with the auto-turn feature had trouble keeping it straight. Ariens does have a video that addresses the problem by making sure that the body of the machine is correctly aligned to the snow throwing section. I did that alignment but still have the pulling. I have not seen any information that would somehow adjust the internal workings of the machine to make the auto-turn less sensitive. If I could disable this feature I would. The scraper bar of my old Craftsman was right down to the pavement and gave me a spotless driveway. The lowest recommended for this machine is 1/8 inch, so even if that auto-turn worked you still would have some cleanup to do. I had a 15 year old Ariens in the past and the wheels pivoted and it went straight when required. I think a lot of the blame rests with Consumer Reports for recommending this machine with this auto-turn flaw. Your testing is obviously flawed and incomplete. I will be calling Ariens to find out what can be done to correct this problem. And if not satisfied I will try to return the machine.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Headlight in a fixed position. Blocks the beam on chute.
1/24/2016
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Throws Far
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
First use was on Saturday after the big storm. Somewhat hard to turn around.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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