If you live in an area with harsh winters, owning a snow blower is virtually a necessity. While many people get by just fine with cheap snow blowers or even just a snow shovel, those who deal with the harshest winters know that snow removal is a job best left to the heavyweights.
Both Husqvarna and Ariens make some of the most powerful and reliable snow blowers on the market. But which company makes the best products for you? We’re going to find that out today in our snow blower showdown.
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When it comes to tools, there are electric or battery powered models of virtually every power tool on the market, including snow blowers. But not all snow blowers are created equally, and electric snow blowers have some inherent drawbacks that gas snow blowers don’t suffer from.
Electric snow blowers top out at a certain size. Unlike gas snow blowers, which are available in much more substantial and higher-powered models, electric snow blowers can only generate enough power to clear a path 25” wide in snow that’s a maximum of 13” deep. Many electric models fall short of those specs, as well.
Meanwhile, gas snow blowers can work in much more cumbersome and deeper snow, and the housings can be built larger to clear a wider area in a single pass. The largest gas models are capable of clearing paths over 40” wide in snow that’s up to two feet deep.
If you regularly deal with snow and wintery weather, opting for a gas snow blower is a no-brainer.
Both brands have a long-established history of excellence when it comes to making outdoor power tools.
Husqvarna has quite a storied history. The company had existed since 1689, when it opened it’s doors in Husqvarna, Sweden as a rifle manufacturer. Through the years, they produced products designed to meet consumer demand.
When rifle sales tailed off, they begin producing products like sewing machines and bicycles. Later, the company began producing power tools such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, and snow blowers.
Today, they’re one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, and countless professionals rely on their tools to get the job done.
Ariens hasn’t been around quite as long, but they still have quite the storied history. Ariens was first incorporated in 1933 as a power equipment manufacturer. At the urging of one of their Northeast distributors, Ariens began working on prototype snowblowers, and by 1960, they were ready for market.
Ariens makes some of the best high-end consumer and commercial snow blowers on the market, and they have the distinction of being the brand of choice at the White House, and Lambeau Field.
Whichever you end up going for, both brands make products for the discerning customers who need to move serious amounts of snow.
Husqvarna aims their snow blowers at the mid-high-end consumer or professional who is looking for reliable performance and power without entering into the $3,000+ range of ultra-high-end snowblowers.
Meanwhile, Ariens covers a similar market to Husqvarna but also makes plenty of ultra-high-end models with price tags well over $3,000 designed to move monumental amounts of snow. These models are usually reserved for professionals, but gearheads who aren’t restricted by a budget are also keen on their products.
Meanwhile, if you don’t deal with as much snow each winter, and you’re just looking for a small snow blower to help you save time and energy, you may be better off with a smaller, lower-end machine for your needs.
Now that we’ve covered a bit more about these two heavyweight brands let’s determine the best snow blower for you as we pit two of their most popular models against each other in our challenge.
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The ST330P is a top performer, and it was specially developed for people who need a high-performance snow blower that’s capable of clearing serious amounts of snow in a short period. With a working width of 30”, this blower can make quick work of even the largest properties.
This two-stage blower delivers impressive throwing capacity thanks to its large 369cc 11 horsepower engine. A hydrostatic transmission with power steering ensures reliable and smooth operation, while the heavy tread tires keep the machine moving, even in the deepest snow.
All of the components are built to last, especially the heavy-duty auger housing, which is arguably the most important part of the blower.
This blower also has a few luxury features you’re sure to appreciate, including an ultra-bright LED headlamp and heated handle grips.
- Easy to maneuver despite its large size
- Heavy-duty components
- Heated handle grips
- Five-year warranty
- Difficult to find service centers
Ariens ST30DLE Platinum Series
The ST30DLE is the closest direct competitor to the Husqvarna model above. It delivers impressive specs and is capable of clearing an incredible amount of snow in short periods.
This model features a massive 414cc AX Gen 3 engine which powers a large 14” impeller that’s capable of throwing snow an incredible 55 feet. The Disco-O-Matic transmission provides six forward and two reverse speeds, and the auto-turn steering helps make this one of the easiest snow blowers to operate despite its massive size.
Similar to the ST330P above, all the components are heavy-duty and built to last, especially the cast iron gear case. Heated handles and a halogen headlamp are also included and help make this blower comfortable to use even in the darkest and coldest conditions.
- Incredibly high-powered
- Heavy-duty components
- Heated handle grips
- Throws snow up to 55 feet
- Only a three-year warranty
While both of these products represent two of the best snow blowers you could buy, there can only be one winner in our snow blower battle.
While the Ariens blower doesn’t offer quite the same warranty as the Husqvarna, it more than makes up for it with the added power provided by its much larger engine.
There’s very little else that separates these two amazing snow blowers, but the larger engine and higher power of the Ariens makes it the clear winner in our eyes. Which snow blower is your top pick? Leave a comment to let us know.