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Ariens AX254 921030
 
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$999.00 - $1,865.12
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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.

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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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Powerful well made machine
2/13/2014
Pros
Fuel Efficient
Handles Wet Snow Well
Maneuverable
Strong Engine
Throws Far
Cons
Auto-turn Wonders
Headlight Can Blind You
Loud
Best Uses
Driveway
Professional
Yard
Comment:
I have the Ariens Deluxe 28 Snow Blower and bought it from Ahearn Equipment instead. Ahearn Equipment will give you real support in the event you have an issue and Home Depot; well I guess you could return it. They also have qualified staff who can actually put this together correctly. This is a very powerful machine despite the smallish motor. I was worried about the smaller 254cc motor on a 28 snow thrower being too small but after three really big snow storms my worries are over. When this thing goes into heavy plowed snow the motor just makes a deeper sound and it just keeps going without slowing down. Ariens claims that this thing can throw the snow up to 50' and that is no joke. This thing throws the snow farther than any snow blower I have ever seen. It can take the snow from my neighbor's driveway and throw it into mine. I made that mistake once. One of my neighbors already came over to ask me what brand it was because he saw how far it threw the snow. I like that it starts on one pull and it seems to be frugal on fuel compared to my previous smaller 21 Murray snow thrower with the Briggs Snow King engine. I got to test the Deluxe in mostly 6 of slush and it threw that stuff 30' in the air, which was amazing. I then went to use my old snow thrower in the same slushy stuff right after, and it made it 3' and clogged. I like that the frame, chute, and most all the parts are made of steel and not plastic. The shroud is also heavy steel and the gear case for the front auger is solid cast iron with steel gears, not weak aluminum and plastic gears like most others. This is a solid well-built machine built for serious snow removal and for $1000 compared to others in that price range it's a bargain when you compare the individual parts. The motor states it makes 12.5 ft lbs of torque but if you do the math for the rated 3600 RPM it makes 8.57 HP, which is plenty for this machine because of its efficient auger design. <br />The auto turn makes this otherwise heavy large machine turn on a dime but it does have compromises. It tends to wonder a little bit with the slightest pull and if you try to correct it you end up fighting to keep it straight. If you let it do its thing it will track mostly straight, which takes some getting used to. Still the auto turn doesn't track as straight as the traditional solid axle machines of the past did but it does make turning it and maneuvering it way easier. The headlight can sometimes blind you at night because the lens doesn't point straight ahead but somewhat up and ahead. The engine tends to backfire when I turn it off unless I turn it off under load. These are my only gripes about this machine but I don't consider them deal breakers but rather minor annoyances.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Excellent Machine
2/10/2014
Pros
Clears Fairly Close
Handles All Kinds Of Snow
Maneuverable
Starts easily
Steers Easily - No Strain
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Mine Is Set Up For Paved
Comment:
After a bit of research, I purchased this one when my old one (16 year old Snapper) lost the clutch to the fan. It is not light -- if it were any lighter it would not be able to do its job. I think the auto steering is great -- I did not know what I was missing. It turns on a dime -- no levers or effort -- it does the work. It has electric start, but it even starts easily by hand when necessary -- I only tried it with a warm engine when I ran out of gas at the end of the driveway. I heartily recommend Ariens -- pick the model size that suits your task and you should not go wrong.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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