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dbehm


Joined: Dec 10, 2007
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Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Original Message   Dec 10, 2007 9:40 pm
Looking to buy a snowblower.  I live in CO and you never know how much or when it is coming.  At HD they have a what looks to be nice Cub Cadet 208 CC (  31AH53TR756 ) for 749 and an Ariens that does not have all of the bells that the CC does and cost 200 less.  Anyone have any thoughts
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nibbler


Joined: Mar 5, 2004
Points: 745

Ariens at HD
Reply #5   Dec 13, 2007 9:32 am
All the HD's I've been too carry the deluxe models of Ariens Snowthros. The dealers in my area all carry the professional models so there are differences.  I don't think there is a "HD" variety of SnowThro, its just the differences in the model types.

Setup by the dealers do tend to be better but I'd want to go through the assembly procedure to make sure I knew how to do the basic maintenance and adjustment that a well used machine will always need.
jubol


Location: Dover, De
Joined: Oct 3, 2003
Points: 1558

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #6   Dec 13, 2007 12:38 pm
DB,

I'm not a great fan of Ariens, but::

I would buy the Ariens over the MTD blower wearing a Cub Cadet Logo.

MTD owns Cub Cadet and builds a low quality blower under many Logos, to name a few, Troy Bilt,Yardman, Yard Machines, and Huskee sold by Central Tractor!! !!

You do not see the Ariens brand in Wal Mart, but you see the MTD brands.

That in it's self should tell you something about the MTD quality!!

Where Ariens will have bearings and metal bushings,Cub will have plastic bushings and sleeves!

I could go on and on about the differences, however in your area  I would buy the Ariens!

If you buy the Cub you will be sorry in a few years from now when your Cub / MTD blower falls a part.!!!!!!!

                                                                                             Fred

Husqvarna STE927(11.5HP) snowblower,  MTD Pro Series 18/42 Lawnmower, MTD 6.5 HP  Self Prop Lawn Mower,  Weedeater 1500 Blower, Web Gensis  2000 
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #7   Dec 13, 2007 7:37 pm
dbehm wrote:
I think that I am going to go with the Cub Cadet.  Now my only question is do I get the 208cc with the zero turning radius and posi steering or get the 318cc without the posi steering.  There is only a $50 difference.  Any more suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks

D



Not to be insulting but you came to this forum asking for advice and a number of obviously knowledgeable participants have given you their opinion.  I didn't see any of them recommending the Cub Cadet.  So, if you have no intention of heeding their advice, why bother to ask in the first place?   
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tcanthonyii


Joined: Dec 14, 2007
Points: 1

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #8   Dec 14, 2007 12:59 am
One thing to remember is that a lot of the cubs have a chinese engine on it.  These are clones of hondas and have not gotten good reviews and will not last very long.  Go for the Ariens.  They have been around for a heck of a long time and pretty much invented snowblowers.  Everyone I know would take the ariens any day with out thinking about it over the Cub.

tc
writchix


Location: NE Wisconsin
Joined: Dec 15, 2007
Points: 4

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #9   Dec 15, 2007 2:44 pm
I too am interested in the Cub Cadet with the chinese built LCT engine.  Where are there reviews of the Liquid Combustible Technology engines?   I've had a Toro 824 for over 15 years and the engine is tired.  I've never been impressed with Tecumseh engines and this lasted 15+ years.  Never could start it by cord in winter, (not enough spark) always elect.  Want somthing my wife can handle when I'm on the road and the little Cub with "power steering" looks like the answer.  HD drew a good review from a user. 
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writchix


Location: NE Wisconsin
Joined: Dec 15, 2007
Points: 4

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #10   Dec 15, 2007 2:48 pm
tcanthonyii wrote:
One thing to remember is that a lot of the cubs have a chinese engine on it.  These are clones of hondas and have not gotten good reviews and will not last very long.  Go for the Ariens.  They have been around for a heck of a long time and pretty much invented snowblowers.  Everyone I know would take the ariens any day with out thinking about it over the Cub.

tc

Where are there reviews of LCT brand engines?
borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #11   Dec 15, 2007 4:06 pm
writchix wrote:
Where are there reviews of LCT brand engines?


Never seen one.  Maybe they don't last long enough to be reviewed. 

I'd stay away from cheap Chinese knock off engines.  Some engines from China are OK.  The problem is making sure you get one.  There's so much stuff coming out of China and much of it is crap.  It's hard to know what products they produce are good.  I'd be inclined to stick with brand names manufactured in China and shy away from weird off the wall Chinese brands like "Barking Dog That Never Sleeps", or "Tireless Soldiers Who Fight Fiercely".   If it's a Chinese made Honda, Mitsubishi, Yamaha etc.  maybe.  Otherwise no. 

writchix


Location: NE Wisconsin
Joined: Dec 15, 2007
Points: 4

Re: Cub Cadet vs Ariens in CO
Reply #12   Dec 16, 2007 7:24 am
Sears also sells MTD as several of their models under there Craftsman name.  Included in this group is a 9hp model with the "power steering" feature.  It is on sale for $899.99 through 12/15 dont know what price is after.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07188790000P?vName=Lawn+%26+Garden&cName=Snow+Equipment&sName=Snow+Throwers%2C+Gas

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