Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO Review

Brand:

Ariens

Model:

Deluxe 28 SHO

Power Type:

Gas Powered

Size/Clearing Width:

28"

Stages:

Two Stage

Features:

Electric Start, Power Steering, LED Headlights, Self Propelled, Multidirectional Chute, Snow tread tires, capability to clear up to 72 tons of snow per hour

Best Price:

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 short 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 gas 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 gas 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.

14-inch 3-Blade All-Steel Impeller

Ariens 28 sho auger

The Deluxe model is equipped with a larger impeller and discharge chute, allowing it to push out more snow than other models.

With a throwing radius of over 40 feet, the Ariens snowblower can expect to cut through 72 tons of snow per hour. The serrated blades are especially effective at cutting through compacted snow and ice.

The gear case is made from durable cast iron and alloy steel, lubed with synthetic gear oil for a long lifespan, and comes with a 5-year warranty.

The Ariens Deluxe 28 uses shear pins, which are designed to break under impact to protect the engine. I have rarely seen them break from normal use, but if you hit a flower pot or curb hard enough, they will give way to prevent damage to the engine.  Additionally, the auger axle has two shear bolts. If the auger ever severely binds, these will (intentionally) snap before any damage is done to the machinery.

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 gas engine means all you have to do is press a button and go about your merry way.

Chute-controlled by an in-dash lever

Chute Controls

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. Rotation of the chute is easy, and only takes one hand!

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 bicycle handlebar.

LED Headlights

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 powerful LED lamps to light the way.

Worth Noting: These are LED, not halogen headlights.  LED's are just as bright, and use 85% less power!

More Features:

  • 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

Pros

Here are some things that, to me at least, make the Ariens Deluxe 28 worthy of the money spent on it:

  • Unmatched Power: The heart of the Deluxe 28 SHO is a robust 4-cycle gas engine that delivers 15 ft-lbs of torque, which translates to effortless snow removal, even in deep drifts and wet snow.
  • Wide Clearing Path: At 28 inches, the clearing path is wider than most competitors, allowing you to get more work done in less time.
  • Impressive Throwing Distance: Throw snow up to a staggering 50 feet away, eliminating the need to pile snow near your driveway or walkway. This is perfect for large properties or areas with limited space.
  • Electric Start and Recoil Backup: Starting the Deluxe 28 SHO is a breeze with the convenient electric start. However, a recoil backup ensures you can get started even in the coldest weather.
  • Self-Propelled and Easy Maneuvering: No need to push this snow blower around. The self-propelled system makes clearing snow effortless, and the auto-turn steering allows for tight turns with just one hand.
  • Durable Construction: Built with a cast-iron frame and gear case, the Deluxe 28 SHO is built to last and can withstand even the harshest winter conditions.
  • LED Headlights: Work even after dark with the bright LED headlights that illuminate your path and improve visibility.
  • Multidirectional Chute: Easily adjust the direction of the snow discharge with the multidirectional chute, allowing you to control where the snow goes and avoid creating unwanted piles.

Cons

These are some of the things about the Ariens that I've found might deter some buyers:

  • Weight: The Deluxe 28 SHO is a heavy machine, weighing in at over 260 pounds. This can make it difficult to maneuver, especially for older users or those with limited physical strength.
  • Auger Wear: The steel augers are susceptible to wear and rust, requiring regular maintenance and potential replacement. Consider models with rubber-edged augers for improved durability.
  • Overkill for Smaller Properties: If you have a small driveway or walkway, the Deluxe 28 SHO might be more than you need. A smaller, lighter model might be a better option.
  • Cost: This premium snow blower comes with a premium price tag. If you are on a budget, there are more affordable options available.

Video(s)!

Here is a video of the Ariens Deluxe 28 inch SHO doing what it does best!

Warranty and Customer Service:

Ariens offers a 3-year limited warranty on the Deluxe 28 SHO. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship and includes parts and labor. The warranty can be extended to 5 years with the purchase of an Ariens Protection Plan.

Ariens has a dedicated customer service team available to answer your questions and provide support. You can reach them by phone, email, or chat.

Review & Final Verdict

 

Overall: The Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO is a powerful and feature-rich snow blower that is ideal for large properties or those who experience heavy snowfall. Its impressive throwing distance, wide clearing path, and self-propelled system make it a joy to use. However, its weight and price tag may deter some buyers. If you are looking for a more affordable or lightweight option, there are other snow blowers on the market that may be a better fit.

My experience with the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO snow blower has been nothing short of amazing. I've used it to clear my driveway, which is around 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, and even a small stretch of the street. 

In less than half an hour, it had plowed through the snow, wet and heavy, with ease. The 4-cycle gas engine of the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO is definitely impressive. With 15 ft-lbs of torque and 12.5 hp, it can throw snow up to 50 feet away.

The 14-inch 3-Blade All-Steel Impeller cuts through compacted snow and ice with ease, and the durable cast iron and alloy steel gear case is lubed with synthetic gear oil for extended life.

The wide 28-inch clearing path is also a great feature, as it allows me to clear large areas of snow quickly and efficiently.

And let's not forget the electric start and recoil backup starting system, which makes it easy to use even in the coldest weather.

I've been using the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO snow blower in my rotation for over a year now and it's never let me down.

I can't recommend it highly enough if you're looking for a reliable, powerful machine to get through the winter.

I've included some photos and a video of the snow blower in action above so you can see for yourself how great it is.

It's got so much POWERRRRRRRRR, I can't recommend it enough!

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Other two stage snow blowers worth considering are the Husqvarna ST224, and the PowerSmart PSSAM24.

Comparison of Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO, Deluxe 30, and Deluxe 28 Snow Blowers

Feature
Deluxe 28 SHO
Deluxe 30
Deluxe 28
Clearing Width (in.)
28
30
28
Engine Type
4-cycle gas
4-cycle gas
4-cycle gas
Engine Size (cc)
306
306
291
Starting Horsepower
12.5
12.5
10.5
Auger Diameter (in.)
14
14
14
Intake Height (in.)
21
21
21
Discharge Distance (ft)
Up to 50
Up to 50
Up to 45
Fuel Capacity (gal.)
3.5
3.5
3.5
Oil Capacity (qt.)
1.5
1.5
1.5
Tire Size
16x6.50-8
16x6.50-8
16x6.50-8
Stages
Two
Two
Two
Electric Start
Yes
Yes
No
Headlights
LED
LED
Halogen
Self-Propelled
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multidirectional Chute
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty (years)
3
3
3
Price
$$
$$$
$$

Key Differences:

  • Clearing Width: The Deluxe 30 has a slightly wider clearing path than the Deluxe 28 SHO and Deluxe 28.
  • Engine Size and Starting Horsepower: The Deluxe 28 SHO and Deluxe 30 have slightly larger engines and more starting horsepower than the Deluxe 28.
  • Electric Start: The Deluxe 28 SHO and Deluxe 30 both have electric start, while the Deluxe 28 does not.
  • Headlights: The Deluxe 28 SHO and Deluxe 30 have LED headlights, while the Deluxe 28 has halogen headlights.
  • Price: The Deluxe 30 is the most expensive model, followed by the Deluxe 28 SHO and then the Deluxe 28.

Recommendations:

  • For large properties or those with heavy snowfall: Choose the Deluxe 28 SHO or Deluxe 30.
  • For medium-sized properties or those with moderate snowfall: Choose the Deluxe 28.
  • If you need electric start and LED headlights: Choose the Deluxe 28 SHO or Deluxe 30.
  • If you are on a budget: Choose the Deluxe 28.
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