Here's a quick but comprehensive overview of the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO snow blower to help you decide whether or not it's worth the investment.
Seriously, what happened to winter? I remember wintertime being cold and snowy but never in my time on this earth do I remember winter being this treacherous. Sure we had blizzards from time to time but now it seems like a blizzard during winter is to be expected! Blankets of snow have now become mountains of snow and it's really getting harder and harder to deal with.
Snow blowers have been trying to keep up with these kinds of conditions by getting smarter and more powerful. In my opinion, however, the features they keep piling on year after year aren't enough to effectively manage my winter problems.
I need a classic, tank-like snow blower that I know can handle the worse of what winter has to offer. (And believe me, I live in MN, I know my snow!)
In the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO, I think I've found just that.
This two stage gasoline powered machine looks and feels more like a farm tractor than it does a snow blower. The weight and appearance of the whole thing are definitely imposing. The real question though is does it have the power to back it up with its two reverse speeds? Well, let's see if the 28 SHO is indeed the machine I need to deal with winter once and for all:
Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO Features
Let's see what this two stage snow blower has in store for us!
Powerful, 4-cycle engine.
15 ft-lbs of torq compatible to about 12.5 hp -- that's a mechanic language that essentially means that this is one powerful engine. An engine like that could power a small car!
Thanks to this bad boy, the Ariens Deluxe can plow through snow (heavy wet snow too!) and throw it at a maximum distance of 50 feet. That's one of the farthest distances of any that I've reviewed thus far. The big ariens deluxe definitely makes snow removal less of a chore, and more fun!
Though it should be noted that the "maximum" distance is not always the actual distance of it blowing snow.
You're more like to through snow at a distance between 30-40 feet with the Ariens Deluxe 28 Sho. Still pretty far though.
Wide, 28-inch clearing path!
Another important feature to note about the Ariens Deluxe 28 Sho is that it leaves a clearing of 28-inches wide. Most snowblowers, even gas-powered ones, usually have a clearing distance between 20-24 inches, and many snowblowers offer much less than that.
A wider intake means you can deal with more snow (wet snow, powder, etc) and work faster. This makes the Ariens Deluxe 28 Sho ideal for a large property and maybe even a small park.
Electric start & Recoil Backup Starting System.
The Ariens Deluxe 28 Sho is equipped with a 120V electric start with recoil backup starting system.
The electric start engine means all you have to do is press a button and go about your merry way.
Chute-controlled by an in-dash lever
Another great feature that the Ariens deluxe 28 sho shares with the other newer types of snow blowers is that its discharge chute can be controlled right where the handles are.
This offers a greater amount of maneuverability and makes for simpler use. Usually, you have to bend down and manually rotate the discharge chute before you change directions but with this model, you can just turn the lever and the discharge chute will do what you want it to.
Other things like the deflector, steering, and speed settings are also easily controlled from the handlebar.
Unless you seriously hate your neighbors, using a loud piece of machinery like this at night is not something that I would recommend.
On the chance that you live somewhere far out in the country, or you really do hate your neighbors, then the Ariens Deluxe 28 Sho comes with a set of powerful LED headlights to light the way.
Worth Noting: These are LED, not halogen headlights. LED's are ust as bright, and use 85% less power!
- Commercially, this product comes with 3 years of warranty but some users have stated that this comes with a lot of red tapes if, indeed, you need to use it. The entire frame is made from cast iron, including it's cast iron gear case, so it seems pretty sturdy to me.
- Weighing in at more than 260 pounds, this has got to be one of the heaviest I've ever reviewed. A snowblower like this is definitely gonna need a little muscle to get into place before you fire it up.
Pros & Cons
Here are some things that, to me at least, make the Ariens Deluxe 28 worthy of the money spent on it:
These are some of the things about the Ariens that I've found might deter some buyers:
Review & Final Verdict
If you need a snow blower, it is hard to go wrong with the Ariens Deluxe 28, AKA the Ariens 921046 Deluxe 28. This powerful snow blower is one of our FAVORITE two stagers, and with good reason.
This machine has all of the power and performance that most people will ever need in their lifetime.
The engine starts quickly, thanks to its electric start system, so there's no worry about trying to pull on cords or using up precious energy just getting started.
It's got so much POWERRRRRRRRR, I can't recommend it enough!
Let's put it this way, the 28 SHO ires a snow blower to get when you're waging a fierce war with the elements of winter, not when you need a little shoveling done.
With so many features combined into one great product at such a reasonable price point, what are you waiting for? As far as two stage snow blowers go, it's hard to do better than this.
Order yours today before they sell out again this winter season!