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Ariens AX254 921030 snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$1,099.00
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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 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 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Leaking gas -fuel shut-off knob fell out
2/20/2015
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I've had this snow blower for less than a year. It lost some of its power with the last storm, and I noticed some gas leaking beneath the fill cap. The dealer said it may be a clogged fuel system, but it was still safe to use until he could pick it up to have a look at it.<br /><br />30 minutes later, the fuel shut-off knob flew out of the back of the machine while in use, soaking my pants with gasoline. I've been waiting a week for service, they have not yet been able to pick it up to fix. With major snow in the Northeast this year, I'm without a snow blower.<br /><br />If this is indicative of their build quality, I suggest you spend your money elsewhere.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Tiny but Mighty!
1/31/2015
Pros
10sec To Learn How To Use
Clears to the Pavement
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I'm all of 5ft tall and a whopping 125lbs and I think the machine weighs more than me, but it is easily handled at low speed (and it can go fast!) it turns on a dime, and throws three day old packed storm snow like a dream. I noticed that it does pull a bit to the side, but the skids are in the right place and it is easy to give it a nudge to get it back in the right direction. I can get this down the ramp and out of the shed without turning it on. You need muscles for this machine... of course it's heavy - look at what it can do! I agree with all the other reviews about this machine. As for the loud, well...it sounds like my Uncle Alec's old Ford tractor, so I wouldn't recommend any 3am cleanings if you've got cranky neighbours. But I bet if you were clearing out their mailbox too, at 3am they wouldn't say boo! Thrilled with this machine!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Powerful and well-built, but not perfect
1/26/2015
Pros
Eats Through Snow Banks
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Tire Tracktion Excellent
Cons
Doesn't Always Track Straight
Heavy Front
Best Uses
Driveway
Smooth Surfaces
Comment:
This review is for model 921037 Ariens Deluxe 28 Plus Sno Thro, which is the same as 921030 but with a slightly bigger engine.<br />I did a lot of research before buying this machine. Second runner-up was the Craftsman with electronic joystick chute control, however that only came in 30 which is too wide for my garage door and fence gates openings.<br />The Ariens Deluxe 28 has many great features. The stand-out feature is of course Auto-Turn. This generally works as claimed, but I've concluded that it's highly dependent upon the surface being cleared. Uneven pavement, cracked asphalt, cement sidewalk gaps, will cause the machine to frequently waver off course when trying to go in a straight line. Ariens has apparently received a lot of complaints about Auto-Turn because they created a YouTube video showing how to properly align the bucket to the frame, and then the skid height. These are things I would expect a reputable dealer to prep before selling it, but it may also be something that needs to be revisited at least once per season. Bottom line? Yes, it's much easier to turn because of Auto-Turn. However, it may also be more difficult to keep in a straight line. At times I miss the trigger steer of my previous Craftsman. <br />The metal chute and throwing power are among the best available at this price point. I only wish the controls for aiming were laid out better. This model has the drive control handle on the LEFT, which means that to adjust the chute aim while moving, you need to reach across with your right hand, which is a bit awkward. Perhaps Ariens will add joystick control at some point.<br />The tires are absolutely great, with deep treads and a tall stance that rarely gets stuck.<br />There is a nice spring-tension adjustment nut under the chute control gear, which allows very fine-tuned control of how difficult it is to turn the chute. One small improvement by Ariens that could make this even better would be to replace the nut with a larger, tool-less hand knob, which would be easier to adjust in the field.<br />This Ariens is heavy, and also front-heavy. That is to say, it's not effortless to pivot the unit back on its wheels. This has a beneficial effect of more weight on the front, so the bucket does not ride up onto snow as much. The downside is that the skids and scraper bar will wear out a lot faster. I recommend buying extras of both to keep on hand. Even better, replace the steel skids with the Poly Skids that Ariens sells. They'll wear our even faster, but they don't mar the surface and they help improve the Auto-Turn skittishness a bit.<br />Overall a great snow thrower with impressive throwing power and many great features. Still some room for improvement.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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