Ariens ST28DLE Deluxe SHO 28 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower

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.

More Power Meme

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!

Ariens 28 sho auger

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

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.

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.

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 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!

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


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

  • Classic, reliable engine power. There is very little worry that I have where the engine is concerned. The Ariens Deluxe 28 easily has one of the most powerful engines I've ever seen on a snowblower... and I've seen many! Though it might consume a bit more gas as a result, it pays for it with efficient performance translated into the augers and throwing distance. If you get this machine, know that most of your money is going into paying for this glorious piece of human ingenuity.
  • Can be used in harsh winter conditions. If you have a large property that is situated in an area that receives a lot of heavy snow, then getting the Ariens Deluxe 28 might be a no-brainer. This ariens deluxe really is the tank of snowblowers and can easily put up with the worse of what winter these days has to offer. Durability and the capability to move 72 tons of snow per hour means you're ready to face the snow head-on.
  • Capable of dealing with large properties or even entire parks. The wider clearing path it gives and the fact that it's one of the most powerful snowblowers I've ever encountered makes it ideal for large property owners. Anything smaller might simply waste the unit's capabilities.
  • Easily controlled & Self-Propelled! I cannot stress enough how enjoyable it is to have everything you need to control a large machine like this right in front of you. A simple push of a button can propel the snowblower forward. A push of another button can send it into reverse speeds or engage the auto turn steering system to turn it automatically (I absolutely LOVE it's auto turn steering feature, capable of tight turns with one hand that impress). Pull this lever and the discharge chute changes its direction and throwing distance immediately. All these things go into adding a level of convenience to a machine known primarily for its power.  Honestly, this machine is a lot easier than others.  


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

  • It's really, REALLY heavy. Though once you have the machine up and running, the augers help greatly in moving the machine forwards. When the machine isn't running, it would be practically immovable if it wasn't for the wheels. This is a very heavy machine and sometimes it might be a bit too heavy. Certainly getting it from my garage to where I need to plow snow takes some serious energy and maneuvering. It might make for a great workout but if you're a person who doesn't like big and bulky things then you might think twice before getting the Ariens Deluxe 28 for your property.
  • Augers are susceptible to wear and rust. The augers are made purely out of steel and that, for me, is a problem. The one thing the newer models have over this machine is that their augers sport a rubber edge. Having a rubber edge makes the blade last longer while also protecting the surface of the pavement you're plowing through. An all-steel auger is fine but it is susceptible to rust and tarnishes after prolonged exposure to moisture. It is also likely to leave cuts and scrapes on the pavement, damaging your property while also dulling its edge over time.
  • Might be too much for some. The machine is perfect if you have a big property with a lot of area of snow to cover. But if you're one of those people looking for a snowblower just to quickly get the snow out of your driveway, then this machine might seem a little bit of overkill. This is made for war and the fact is many people are not looking to go to war. Most people are just looking for a snowblower that gets the snow out of the way so that their cars can pass through. Keep this in mind before you think about getting a big snowblower like the Ariens.


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

Review & Final Verdict

Our Score

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!

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

Madison Meyers is a Minneapolis native who knows what it takes to survive in the land of 10,000 lakes.

She’s made it her mission to make sure people never have to shovel again by combining her love for snow with the entrepreneurial skills she picked up at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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