Pretty safe bet that this model is better. After all, its an Ariens.
After all, its nothing new and ground breaking in the design itself, it's been proven since 2008.
By the way, the old 722 was just pure specmanship. 7hp - 22" inch cut, while the rest of the field is sporting 20-21" with 5 hp. There's a 7hp moment in there somewhere, at a very narrow RPM range that the snowblower in application will never see. If you're waiting for VTEC to kick in, it's not happening. :) A pathetic attempt at psychological salesmanship in its best form. The old 722 had a nice build quality though, sturdy and beefy. Sadly, most of the Toro's of the same vintage ran circles around the 722, sporting a modest 4.5hp engines.
This message was modified Dec 6, 2013 by aa335