I've waited to post my review until our first storm of the season, and what a storm it was. Glad I didn't have to shovel that 100' driveway this time!
First let me say that no one locally carried the track model that I read would be the right choice for my shell & gravel driveway. I was concerned about assembly, adjustments and testing, so I even went to our local Ariens dealer and asked (after being
told they couldn't get one) if I found one, could I have it shipped to them for setup. Nope. Not interested. Hopefully I won't need any service, as there were no warm fuzzies to be found there. But I digress...
The transaction went without a hitch - online transaction, shipping, tracking, delivery (right into the garage) - all perfect! Thank you Jack's!
Assembly wasn't hard - a few tools, and carefully reading how things should go together. It all came together perfectly with no issues.
Great - now that I have my insurance policy (the snowblower), the storms won't show. Didn't even bother to get a gas can (until the storm was a certainty). But it had to happen eventually.
When the first storm of the season dumped 14" on the driveway, the track snowblower make quick and easy work of it all, even the dreaded end-of-the-driveway left by the plows. I was done in less than an hour and a half.
It's been awhile since I had an Ariens - probably about 7 years - so one thing that surprised me was the lack of a throttle for the engine. But no big deal. Why complicate matters!
The only issue with this snow blower is that unless it's running, it won't move. There's no free-wheeling pushing it around like you can with the wheeled versions, so this stays where it's planted. I'm using a set of furniture-moving wheels under it when
it's in the garage so I can move it around easily. Problem solved.
Being able to raise the front of the snowblower and lock it in place is just what I needed for the shell & gravel driveway. No need to blow anything more than snow, thank you very much. If there's an inch or so of snow left, it'll melt soon and that's
ok with me. So glad there's an alternative that handles the gravel driveway. This way I don't have to shovel, or have someone plow, and then in Spring, deal with all the broken curbs, etc.