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Ariens Deluxe ST28LE (28") 254cc Two-Stage Snow Blower (2015 Model)

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Model: 921030
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Grade
Style
Clearing
28"
Wide
Intake
21"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large


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Powerful 254cc Ariens AX254 Engine
Designed to function in sub-zero conditions
120-volt electric start w/recoil (cord not included)
Throws snow from 3 ft. up to 50 ft.

Ariens' Exclusive Disc-O-Matic Drive System
Easily shift into any of the six forward or two reverse speeds

Large Cast Iron Gear Case
Provides additional power in extreme snow conditions
Delivers more engine power to the auger to throw snow

Auto-Turn Steering Technology
Senses change in direction automatically as you turn
Adjusts power to the inside wheel to make turning easier

Chute Rotates Up To 200 Degrees
Single lever adjusts direction and height of snow stream

In-Dash Remote Chute Deflector
Adjust discharge chute up and down from the operator position

Interlocking Controls
Locks both handles, freeing one hand for chute operation

16 x 4.8 Directional Snow Tread
Virtually eliminates the need for tire chains


Engine
Engine Brand
Ariens
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
CC
254 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
0.8 Gallons
Torque
12.5 lbs
Auger Housing / Chute Control
Auger Diameter
14 Inches
Impeller Diameter
14 Inches
Profile
Steel 3-Blade
Auger Material
Serrated Steel
Chute Material
Steel
Chute Rotation
2.5x Crank
Turning Radius
200 degrees
Max Throwing Distance
50 Feet
Clearing Width
28 Inches
Intake Height
21 Inches
Drive System
Drive
Disc-O-Matic
Steering
Auto-Turn
Gear Case
Cast Iron
Reverse Speeds
2 Reverse
Tire Type
Directional Snow Tread
Forward Speeds
6 Forward
Tire Size
16" x 4.8"
Options
Remote Deflector Controls
Yes
Drift Cutters
Sold Separately
Front Weights
Sold Separately
Interlocking Controls
Yes
Hand Warmers
No
Headlights
Halogen
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
Overview
Weight
235 Pounds
Product Length
57.9 Inches
Product Width
30.4 Inches
Product Height
44.3 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
UPC
751058036953
Model
921030


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Q: whats the hp
by Jack from New Jersey on April 10, 2016

A: Jack - there is no true conversion from HP to cc's, but a 254cc engine would be roughly equal to about 8HP
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Ariens Deluxe ST28LE: Can you help me decide between the 2013 and 2014 model? There is a slight price difference but I do see any major design differences. The 2014 is 4cc larger but I don't see any torque specs to compare. Were there any design flaws noted in the 2013 model that are resolved in the 2014 model? Thank you!
by Mark Gossman from Minnesota on July 31, 2013

A: Mark,

The 2013 model uses a Briggs and Stratton engine and has wheel lock turning. That allows you to set one wheel in freewheel mode allowing easier turns. That free wheel does not receive power so you have a one wheel drive blower until you manually reengage the wheel.

The 2014 model no longer uses the Briggs and Stratton engine. Instead it uses an Ariens engine made by LCT. Rather than the wheel lock it has auto-turn steering which senses turns and automatically slows down the inside wheel. This allows for tight and easy turns.

No design flaws in 2013. Just an engine and steering change for 2014.
by Robert, Product Expert

Ariens 921030 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (14)
High Quality (14)
Durable (9)
Features (7)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Cons
Expensive (4)
Bad Instructions (3)
Difficult To Use (2)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (2)
71% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
34 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Jon K.
Spokane, WA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 2/5/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Happy With Snowblower So Far.
Only used it once, but was happy with performance. Cleared an area of heavy wet snow at least 12 in deep with relative ease. Blew the snow over 30 ft.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Heavy
Jon Recommends This Ariens Product
Jon's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Very easy to compare snowblowers. Ordering was easy with no problems. Shipping took 9 days. Very good ordering experience."
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George M.
Tyngsboro, MA
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
18
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Junk- I Got A Lemon
I purchased the 2013 of this model with heated grips and I bought it in 2014 so it's 2 1/2 yrs old just out of warranty. I have had nothing but problems after the 1st year and no really big storms. Springs breaking, belts gone, gearbox gone. Issue after issue.

I am fixing it again and selling it. I bought an MTD for $400 less and its a beast of a workhorse. You couldn't pay me to buy Ariens. I have had Sears that were better and more reliable.
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Quiet, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
George Does Not Recommend This Product
George's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I would absolutely recommend this site but never an Ariens"
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Jesse M.
Long Island City, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/12/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
11
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Well Built Machine
Very well built, everything is metal, it starts right up, and has lots of power. We only had about 3" of snow so far - waiting for a big storm.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, Fast
Cons: Expensive
Jesse Recommends This Ariens Product
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Bert C.
Mohnton, PA
Total Helpful Votes
41 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
10
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth Every Dollar!
My Ariens 921030 has been waiting patiently for our first significant snowfall. We received 3" two days ago, then another of 6" last night. Both snows were wet, and heavy to move by hand. Fueled the thrower, primed the carb, and started it for the first time, manually, on the third pull. Now starts on the first pull. The "auto-turn" feature works as advertised - you can operate forward/backward speed partially engage the lever which keeps the impellers moving then, use the... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Price, Fast
Cons: No Separate Onoff Switch For Headlight
Bert Recommends This Ariens Product
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411
Cardo111
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Solid Build Quality But Underpowered
I recently purchased this snow blower and I am very happy with the build quality. The dash is steel along with the discharge chute. The controls are well designed and the headlight is unobstructed, bright and nicely integrated in the dash. The Carlisle X-Trac tires have substantial tread blocks and bite into the snow pretty well, however the 15 inch wheels are a little small for a machine of this size. The Ariens AX 254cc engine made by LCT is surprisingly well designed and built and also has... more
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Reliable
Cons: Underpowered, Tires Are On The Small Side
Cardo111 Recommends This Ariens Product
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Ken B.
Islip, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/21/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
12
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ariens Quality
This is my first gas blower - after the Blizzard of 2/13 I decided my faithful Toro electric would not able to handle another 28" snowfall.
After researching all the brands I bought the Ariens - this machine is extremely well built - and with the 254 cc engine I don't foresee any difficulties with a large snowfall.

The engine started right up first try - some say it is noisy but I find it no louder than a gas lawnmower. The turn sensing feature works really well and the choice of... more
Pros: Durable, Features, Easy To Use, New Turn Sensing Feature Works Great - Very Well Built
Ken Recommends This Ariens Product
Ken Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordered online - no hassle at all. I paid extra for the liftgate service - got a call when truck was within 15 minutes of my house - driver dropped the unit exactly where I wanted it. Unit was packed very securely in a wood framed box on a pallet which the driver was nice enough to take back with him. Would definitely order from Snow Blowers Direct again!"
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Carl T.
Hamden, CT
Total Helpful Votes
32 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Well Built, Except The Engine.
Overall this snow blower works well, but the engine performance is below what I expected from Ariens.
It starts easy, and gets great traction, even on hills.

The one-hand operation is nice , allowing you to turn the chute while still moving. The easy turn mechanism works well, but if you catch a crack in the driveway, it thinks you are trying to turn, and it turns for you.

But the engine appears to be a cheap Chinese built thing, not an Ariens engine. It seems to run richer than it... more
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Poor Engine, Burns A Lot Of Gas
Carl Does Not Recommend This Product
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Dan Coffman
Battle Creek, MI
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
20
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Lemon
Purchased last year and ran good except sputtered some. This year it is hard to start and runs a few seconds. I have changed the gas, spark plug, and cleaned the carburetor...nothing seems to help. A lemon for sure!
Dan Does Not Recommend This Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Dan,
We are sorry to hear of the issues you ar having with your Ariens snow blower. It would be a good idea to contact Ariens directly due to the fact they manufacture and warranty the product. Ariens can be reached at 920-756-4688.

If you have any trouble getting through with them, give us a call and we'll help you out in any way we can.
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Jack H.
Appleton, WI
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/15/14
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
27
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfied!
I ordered my snowblower about three weeks ago. Arrived safe and sound. Took my time assembling it. Went together flawlessly. Fired up on the third pull after priming it. Love the auto-turn feature.

Fast forward three weeks. Mother Nature gave us our first snowfall of about three inches. I went into the garage, primed it and gave it ONE pull and away we went! It was so much of a positive experience that I went across the street to do our neighbor's driveway.

It ran very well and I... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Auto-turn Feature
Jack Recommends This Ariens Product
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Mike D.
North Tonawanda, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/1/13
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Last Snowblower Purchase
At my age I won't wear it out. It came to me not all assembled. Nuts and bolts that hold augers to gear box in center were not there. The supports holding auger and gear assembly to the inner shroud were just hanging! Had to call the Ariens for parts. Its a beautiful machine! THANK YOU!!
Pros: Features, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, Easy To Store
Mike Recommends This Ariens Product
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George C.
Mt. Kisco, NY
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/21/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
All As Promised
Better than I expected - I didn't realize how bad my old machine (1982) was - worth the money.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Features, Exceeded Expectations
George Recommends This Ariens Product
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