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When it comes to the snow blowers' performance or innovative features, it doesn't get any better than the Ariens Hydro Pro Track (28") 420cc Two-Stage Snow Blower
There is usually a wide price gap between single stage snow blowers and two- stage snow blowers. That gap can be widened even more by brands and innovative features. When shopping for a snow blower, some people might find themselves pondering over whether or not it is worth buying a $3,000 snow blower, when there are snow blowers on the market that cost only a few hundreds of dollars. The answer to this question varies according to the needs of each individual. A cheap snow blower will deal with light fluffy snow, and if you don’t have a big driveway, you might get the job done in 10 minutes. However, if you have a large yard, with a long driveway and numerous sidewalks and you also find yourself dealing with hard and heavy snow, you will find your $300 snow blower to be as useful as a snow shovel. In such situations, you need a powerful snow clearing tool and this is where the Ariens Hydro Pro Track (28″) 420cc Two-Stage Snow Blower comes in handy. AT first sight, this snow blower seems perfect, but let’s take a closer look at it and see if it is indeed worth $3,000.
The Ariens Hydro Pro Track is a track snow thrower. This means that instead of wheels or other rolling features, this snow blower uses 5.5-inch wide directional snow tracks. These tracks provide an excellent traction even on slippery surfaces or even up the steepest inclines. Moreover, this snow blower will handle any kind of snow, no matter how hard it is. Unlike other snow blowers which are only suitable for paved clearing areas, this snow blower can also handle gravel driveways with minimum effort. The snow blower uses a Briggs And Stratton, polar force, 420CC engine which offers a large amount of power so that the device can throw snow up to 50 feet. The unit also features a hydrostatic drive system which provides a variable speed of up to 2.4 miles per hour. It features a 200-degree turn radius quick turn chute. The single lever can be used in order to adjust the height of the snow stream as well as its angle. The product comes with a one-year commercial warranty and a three-year customer warranty.
The snow blower features a 120-volt electric start with recoil backup. The recoil can sometimes be a problem, especially if you want the snow blower to be used by all adults in your household, even the seniors. As you can imagine, with greater power also comes greater responsibility, and this snow blower is not as easy to maneuver as a small, single stage unit. Moreover, if you do plan on purchasing this unit, keep in mind that the start-up cord is not included in its price. However, we do like the fact that despite its big size and impressive performance, this snow blower requires no warm up time whatsoever and it starts operating immediately, even in the coldest of weathers. For optimal convenience, the unit comes with a remote chute deflector control, interlocking controls which can lock both handles, leaving one hand free for operating the chute, and the very useful hand warmers.
The unit comes with a commercial-grade cast iron gear case. It also features a halogen headlight which allows you to plow the snow even in the darkest nights. The unit weights 380 pounds and has the following dimensions: 61.5L x 30.5W x 45.0H.