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Product Reviews for Ariens 926 PRO series

Ariens 926 PRO series
Model No: 926037
Manufacturer: Ariens

(Based on 3 reviews)
Avg. Price: $1766
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Ariens 926 Pro
Dec 27, 2010 11:28 am
Joined: Oct 27, 2010

Well this Ariens machine has officially been broken in and it was all snow baby. 22" medium moisture content snow with 28+" drifts and 36" end of driveway plow pack.

Right now she is in the garage melting down after a 3 driveway road test.

The price and weight differential between the Pro and Platinum models was substantial so my expecations were also exceptionally high. I have to say that the Ariens Pro26 is a quality well built machine and I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone in the market for a new machine.

She pushed right threw 22+ inches without a hitch but when it came to the 28"+ drifts and 36" plow pack at the end of the driveway it did tax the machine a little. If I ever had to replace the engine, I would definately be looking to beef up the torque a little.

Date Purchased: 11/2010
Price Paid: $1849
Recommend: Yes
The quick turn chute control was fast & responsive. The Traction control worked well & maintained directional control without slipping or sliding and the overall manuverability was exceptional. There is absolutely no need for tire chains on flat or semi-flat terrain and the snow did not pack up in the treads of the tires.

She threw the snow clear into my nextdoor neighbors driveway (a solid 25 feet) and the chute never clogged once.

The Hand warmers are a nice feature and kept the
handles from freezing up when she was at idle.

The halogen headlamp was bright and did a nice job illuminating the clearing area.

The Briggs power plant started quickly using the pull start method after only a one or two primes. She ran smooth and like a champ without a missing or backfiring.

Truely a well built heavy duty machine that is built to last.

The 305 Briggs did the job but without a doubt the machine could have benefited from few more horsies. With drifts over 28" I felt was pushing it and when I attacked the end of the driveway plow pack (which was every bit of 36") I felt that it would have stalled it out if I pushed her too hard so I backed off and feathered the drive control a little.

As for Briggs, I am a little tired of trying to decipher the hyroglyphs and nemonics of 1-2-3 easy start proceedures. CHOKE ON or OFF is alot better than tiny little pictures of choke mechanisms that are barely legible to begin with and tiny little rabbits and turtles to show the speed in lieu of OFF / SLOW / FAST. If it's Briggs intention to offer bi-lingual friendly products then I suggest they attach a copy of Rosetta Stone English for dummys along with the rest of the documentation.

The drift cutters were not easy to loosen in order to attach them and the bolts can fall out and into the auger mechanism if they loosen up. Searching for the wing nuts that will most certainly end up somewhere in the snow is also not my idea of a good design. For safety purposes you really need to shut the unit down in order to set them up or disable them. I am going to captivate the bolts so they can't fall out but the drift cutter design should have incorporated a safer more user friendly method to activate or deactivate them.

The reverse shift lever detent positions are only good for 1 speed. Even after the adjustment process the only way to get a useless slower reverse speed is by placing the shift lever between neutral and 1st reverse detent which by design was not an intended detent position. All though high inclines may prove me wrong but the 6th forward detent position is for marathon runners. There could have been a much better match between the shift detent positions and the friction wheel so you actually get 2 reverse speeds. As for 6th forward, it will certainly get you back to the shed in no time at all.

This message was modified Dec 28, 2010 by starwarrior
Where are you Mr Snowman???
Dec 10, 2010 2:46 am
Joined: Oct 27, 2010

Yep, my 926Pro is ready to go only here in New Jersey we are still waiting for the first snow. I can't really offer a quantifiable review until then but I am optimistic. The reviews being posted on the Ariens websites have been extremely positive. It has certainly been cold enough but as soon as a storm rolls in the warm side of the front has been dominating which is typical for central/southern New Jersey.
Just a year ago, I believe Dec 19, we were hit with 16 inches.

Date Purchased: 11/2010
Price Paid: $1849
Recommend: Yes
Evidently the snowman has detected my defense strategy and doesn't want to come out to play.
They say the perfect war is won before the first battle is fought. I scared him away for a while but he will be back, and when he does return I'll be ready for him, guns a blazing.

This message was modified Dec 24, 2010 by Admin
Wow...nicest on the block
Dec 18, 2009 8:15 pm
Joined: Dec 15, 2009

All my neighbors bought JD 928E/1130s...I wanted something that will last. The Ariens PRO series is just that. What a great machine.

It throws snow like no tomorrow and turns like a dream. This is one solid machine. The remote chute actuation is great. It's an Ariens..enough said.

Date Purchased: 12/15/09
Price Paid: $1600
Recommend: Yes
*IT THROWS SNOW - across a 3 car driveway & beyond
* Good welds
* Great assenbly
* Superb quality machine (and I am in Quality Assurance)
*Company reputation as well as snowblower construction.

Pricey..but you get what you pay for

This message was modified Dec 24, 2010 by Admin
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