I've had it with my Simplicity blower, so am looking at Husqy and Ariens tracked machines. The Husqy dealer has them in stock, and I have looked the 30 hydro model over, and like it. The Ariens dealer doesn't stock track models because they don't sell, but can order one for me. I'd still much rather see one in person before buying, but no Ariens dealers around here have a demo. I'd like to see if any of you here have any thoughts or opinions on either brand/model of these machines. I need a tracked model, and want something that will handle our often heavy snow loads. I'm leaning towards the Husqvarna 1830EXLT, $2599.00 on sale. The few reviews I've found are mostly very favorable, one or two bad comments.