WARNING - stay away from this model - really disaster. I purchased brand new 4 years ago. Fisrt time used and the "wonder machine" didn't moved forward or backward. Took two weeks fixed , parts where not in stock. Used second time - 15 min. - "wonder machine" bushing wear out. Again - is service. Year by year, this same problem - $ 1100.00 unit not worth even echange for showel. The manufacture didn't offer 3 years warranty - I didn't now why - I called amd I was told - only 1 year. Pay few hundrats $$$ for service and finnaly last night - "wonder machine" give up again.
Ariens - this is a German perfect engineering? I hope you will learn from China manufactures - my friend purchased at Home Depo unit 1/2 price of mine and used thuis same time w/out any problems.
This is my personal experience. I own before very old Ariens - this was a perfect unit - never give me any problems, I used, my son, friends and never, ever stop working. Best ever machine I have it.
But, sombody like it and my unit dissapered from my garage. I was forced to by new unit. I this was a HELL mistake.
Sorry ARIENS - but your prududct is not worth my time and the money. I want buy only Americans pruduct, but I do not have choice again,