Good or bad I am in the market for a snow blower. Not the quietest piece of equipment ever made.
Anyway I'm considering the Ariens Deluxe 927, but the Home Despot, err sorry, Depot also has a 30" model that I would ordinarily pass up. The reason I gave it a second look is that it comes with one of 2 possible motors. The standard Briggs & Stratton, which I can't get excited about, or possibly a Subaru engine.
Does anyone have any experience good or bad with these little Subaru motors? I know the cars are pretty good.
The local Honda dealer is going out of business, but even with a $500 discount the smallest Honda 2 stage snow blower is still $1700. The 27" Ariens is $999, the 30" in question is $1199. While Honda reliability is not in dispute, every time I asked about the Ariens the response has been, "Well I got one that's 20 years old...."
I have to do this now because where I am there's a lot of lake effect snow, which also means the first snow fall of the year and everything in stock will pretty much vanish overnight.
Comments appreciated, including ways to silence them.