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mvedepo


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 32

Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Original Message   Oct 7, 2011 11:46 pm
I am looking for a 28" monster.  Which is the better unit?


Simplicity P1728E  Ariens Pro 28
Auger / Impeller

Clearing Width  28 28
Throwing Distance*  45' w/Power Boost™  50'
Intake Height  19.75 in 23.5 in
Auger Style  Serrated Steel  Serrated Steel 
Auger Diameter  14 14
Auger Gear Case Material  Cast-Iron  Cast-Iron
Impeller Diameter  12 16
No. of Impeller Blades  4 3
Skid Shoes  Reversible  Reversible
Engine

Make  Briggs & Stratton  Briggs & Stratton 
Model  Professional Series™  Ariens Polar Force™ 
Type  4-Cycle OHV  4-Cycle OHV 
Fuel Tank Capacity  0.75 Gal.  1.48 Gal.
Displacement 342 cc 420 cc
Ft.-lbs. Gross Torque 16.5 21
HP 11.5 HP 15 HP
Starter  Electric with Recoil Back-up  Electric with Recoil Back-up 
Fuel Cap  Carbon in Cap  Unkown
Chute

Chute Material  4" Steel  Unkown/Steel
Chute Rotation  200° Electric  200° Quick Turn
Chute Deflector Direction Change  Remote  Remote
Drive System

Type  Heavy-Duty Friction Disc-Drive  Disc-O-Matic
Speeds  5 Forward / 2 Reverse  6 Forward/ 2 Reverse
Wheel Lock Release  Easy Turn™  Automatic Traction Control 
Tire Size  16" x 4.8"  16" x 4.8"
Tread  X-Trac™  Directional Snow Tread 
Handles / Controls

Heated Hand Grips  Standard  Standard
Options

Clear Out Stick  Included  Included
Drift Cutters  Tool-Less Design  Tool-Less Design 
Engine Block Heater  Optional  Optional 
Headlight  Amber Halogen  Halogen
Dimensions

Weight (lbs.)  255 lbs 318 lbs
Warranty

Consumer  2 Year Limited  3 Year Limited 
Commercial  1 Year Limited  1 Year Limited 
Retail Price $2,199 $2,199

Seems like you get a little more for your money with the Ariens.
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aa335


Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Points: 2394

Re: Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Reply #1   Oct 8, 2011 12:40 am
I'd say the Ariens specifications is quite impressive for $2199.  It's heavier, much larger engine, very tall intake height, manly tough chute crank, very large diameter auger, very large impeller, and the biggest engine on a 28".  In fact, no has even put a 420cc engine on a 36" snowblower yet, but this 28" has it.  Most bang for the buck.  Uniquely overkill for a homeowner, more appropriate for commercial snow removal crew.

You can call in the plow guy while you're away, so that the wife doesn't have to do any snowblowing, because I don't think she's going to be operating this machine.  318 lbs dry weight / 15 hp snowblower doesn't fit the description of user friendly machine.
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mvedepo


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 32

Re: Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Reply #2   Oct 8, 2011 11:16 am
Kind of what I was thinking.  I took the wife down to the dealer and let her feel some out.  Her favorite one for feel was the Simplicity Pro series. It had best handlebar height for her.  But for $2000 its hard not to look at the Ariens.  You sure get a lot for your money.
carlb


Joined: Nov 16, 2010
Points: 273

Re: Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Reply #3   Oct 9, 2011 7:19 am
I say you would be getting more machine for you money with the Ariens Pro 28
stresst


Location: The Village in the Middle of New York
Joined: Dec 11, 2010
Points: 210

Re: Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Reply #4   Oct 9, 2011 2:11 pm
I totally over looked the Ariens Pro when purchasing my Toro. IMO you cannot lose with either one but like already stated the extra weight, tall intake and monster motor makes it hard to even consider the Simplicity. I personally do not like the way the simplicity pro's look so I would go with the Ariens hands down.

TORO 826OXE
mvedepo


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 32

Re: Which one? Ariens Pro 28 or Simplicity P1728E
Reply #5   Oct 9, 2011 3:33 pm
I agree.  Talked to the dealer.  The Simplicity is $2399 msrp and $2199 sale price.  The sale price on the Ariens is $1999.   $200 cheaper and more machine.  Makes the decision a little easier. 
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