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    Platinum Member Fordlords's Avatar
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    Default Ariens 624 Snow Blower.. This thing is FUN!

    It isn't even Thanksgiving yet and I've been able to put the Ariens 624 through 4 pretty good workouts here in Erie already. Overall, I have to say this is an excellent snow blower, I am very satisfied with its initial performance.

    The 6 HP Tecumseh Snow King engine starts easily with 4 pushes of the primer and one pull. It is kept in an unheated attached garage, so it's not in a super cold area, but not a heated area. I have not been inclined to try the electric starter, and doubt I'll bother with it. I imagine it would be more necessary if the blower was kept in an unheated garage. The engine has good power and runs smoothly, although it has what I consider a noisy valve train, the OHV setup ticks more than comparable engines of other makes. All the snow I have been removing has been super-heavy wet stuff thus far. The engine will bog slightly when being pushed to its limits and bogs slightly with a small puff of black smoke from the exhaust when the auger is engaged. But short of that it just runs right along. I like the large capacity gas tank this blower has. After about 2 hours of total running, It's still on the original tank of gas. I have been informed by a reliable source that Tecumseh unfortunately will no longer be producing small engines in the USA, so the era of the good Snow Kings is coming to an end. Guess I'll just do my best to make this one last.

    The blower is easy to control and operate, it's actually a lot of fun. Even with the very heavy snow, the wheels never spun and the chute never clogged. Some snow built up in the chute, but it did not hinder its operation at any point. To say it kicked azz with this snow is an understatement- I'll never shovel again! There are six forward speeds and 2 reverse. I did not go beyond second for the initial runs, as the snow was heavy and I wanted it to clear it completely, which it did. The speeds 3-6 are great for the light stuff or going back over areas while it's still snowing out. The reverse speeds, even second, are WAY too slow. I'm sure they do that for safety, but it's easier and much faster to just disengage the drive and pull the blower back. This blower is small and light enough that doing so is very simple.

    They sell this nice 624 puppy at Home Depot, but I would not buy it there. My local Ariens dealer sold mine to me at the $799.00 Home Depot price, set up and tested the blower, gave me a crash training course, and would have delivered it if I needed that, but helped load it in my truck instead. 3 year factory warranty, the only snow blower manufacturer that has that now.

    -Fordlords-
    1980 Cub Cadet 682 with 18 HP Honda GX V-Twin engine
    2008 Ariens 624 Snowblower
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    Default Re: Ariens 624 Snow Blower.. This thing is FUN!

    Hi ! Ariens make very good snowblowers. Important! For engine life! Here we have very cold wheather. So The best is a true cold oil for engine as 5w-20w . 10w-30 is too thick for winter . Good luck! Oldmech

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    Default Re: Ariens 624 Snow Blower.. This thing is FUN!

    Yep back in the 60's I worked for a garage here in Rochester New York that sold Ariens equipment. Each winter"fall" I assembled a few hundred Aries snowblowers. Many are still around. They are still easy to get most parts for and not hard to work on. I've had mine for years and wouldn't be without it. Of course now they have a lot more safety features on them and they cost a bunch more. But well worth it.

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    Default Re: Ariens 624 Snow Blower.. This thing is FUN!

    Fordlords,

    I own a 9/26 Ariens snow blower. I bought it a few years ago, and I really like it. It shares the snow removal duties with my Toro WH 520xi which has a front blade. I use it when the snow gets above 8". I remember you saying that you live in, and around the mall area. I live just south of Conneaut. We have around 15" of snow now. How much do you have in your area? This is what my 9/26 Ariens had to look forward to on Friday morning.
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