If you order it online from HomeDepot.com like I did it is assembled and delivered by a Ariens dealer in the area at no extra charge It also comes tested and the dealer starts it up for you and answers any questions you may have.. Otherwise if you buy it in the store its assembled by Home Depot employees.
Yes, it has heated handles that you can turn on or off.
Carl, many variables can affect how long a snow-thrower can run including snow type, clearing width, snow height, drive speed etc.
Regular unleaded with Marine Stabil is acceptable, ideally non-ethanal gas with Marine Stabil should be used if you have a source for such gas nearby. Also, if the rotary control for the engine speed is moving on its own, remove the knob with a small hex wrench (it's held in place by a tiny setscrew) and cut a few small pieces of self-adhesive Velcro that can stick to the console and under the knob (the fuzzy part of the Velcro, not the hooked part), then push down on the knob and tighten; that will increase the friction and the knob will stay in one place. It may take some trial and error with the Velcro until you have just the right amount. This is a workaround until Ariens fixes what should never have escaped the factory - a notched rotary control is what they need to use.
Jon, Thank you for choosing Ariens! Your machine will take a 5W30 and will hold 32oz. We recommend a high octane ethanol free gas to use in your snow throw.
Yes, there is handwarmers on this model.
I opted for the free white glove delivery. Altough I purchased it at homedepot.com it was assembled and delivered by a authourized Ariens dealer. The fuel tank was fuel and the guy who delivered it showed my how everything worked and started it up before he left. I am very satisfied with the way this machine throws either wet or powered snow, well over 40 feet. I was told by an employee it was better to order it on line as the people that assemble it know what thet're doing and they test it before they delivery it.
I just ran into this problem. I have the Deluxe 30 EFI. My machine is 9 months old and wouldn't start. Your machine SHOULD HAVE come with a plug-in charger (similar to cell phone charger size) and it plugs in under the throttle control. You have to disconnect the connector and plug in the charger. Took about 45 minutes to charge. Light turns green when charged. Starts up every time now on first pull. Extension cord that plugs into electric start DOES NOT CHARGE the fuel pump. It only gives power to the electric start.
did you follow the start up instructions. I think there is a switch or wire that needs connected first
First I would make sure the fuel is fresh and not old. Second, you need to make sure to apply stabilizer in the fuel to prevent sputtering due to ethanol additives which are added in the summer in preparation for winter.