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Ariens 27 ton or Huskee 28 ton

Post in 'The Gear' started by arodrigz, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Dec 14, 2007
    SE Mass
    You mean like painting a red Ariens black and putting the Sno-Tek name on them and selling them side by side at Home Depot ?

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  2. thinkxingu

    thinkxingu Minister of Fire

    Jun 3, 2007
    If you can get it with the table and log cradle for close to the same scratch, get on it.

  3. mikebaneck

    mikebaneck New Member

    Jan 19, 2012
    You can't go wrong with an Ariens/Gravely. I've also been running an Ariens 27-ton for a couple of years and haven't had a single issue. Something else to note, I know you were concerned about the location of the reservior, but something that the dealer who sold it to me pointed out is the fact that Ariens reservior is actually serviceable. On most other splitters, the entire axle would have to be removed to service it which could get VERY expensive.

    Also, yes, the Suburu engine is a great commercial engine while Honda's GX is really a consumer engine.

    And...Ariens/Gravely is American made!!!! The Huskee components are manufactured in China.
  4. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

    Feb 8, 2007
    Hayden, ID
    Actually they aren't the same blower when you look at them and the Snow Tek say by Ariens but it certainly isn't marketed as a direct Ariens blower. I do get your point though.

    I was just pointing out that if you get an Orange Ariens piece of equipment at Home Depot it's the same piece of equipment you'll buy at a local shop.

    That being said I do not like the way the cylinder is mounted either but I bet Ariens would stand behind it if you had issues.

    The Sno-Tek lines are better than the MTD line when you look at them both.
  5. arodrigz

    arodrigz Member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Well, I finally got one! After negotiating with the home depot manager, he agreed to honor my 20% off coupon. However, they worked for over a week to special order one for me and were not able to get one in. In the meantime, I contacted the lawn company that was running a sale and although the sale was over, because the page had not been removed from the web, the owner agreed to sell it to me at the on sale price and, he just happened to be taking a trip to indy for the superbowl and offered to drive it up to me. But wait, it gets better! On Friday he called and gave me that bad news. He was unable to get his hands on a 27 ton machine but offered to sell me the 34 ton machine for just a few dollars more. I agreed and, as of an hour ago, I am the proud new owner of a 34 ton Ariens. I'm a very happy guy:) Thanks for all the input; now I've got my work cut out for me. No more excuses.
  6. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

    Sep 12, 2009
    Western PA - Steeler Country!

    post some pictures once you get it.

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