I predict that every unbiased snow blower review site and blog including Consumer Reports will give the Ariens Auto-Turn the innovation of the year award. The Auto-turn is a true game changer for walk-behind snow blowers.
Every once in a while something comes along that changes the way we work. In 1927 Arthur Sicard put the first snow blower to work on the streets of Montreal but it was not until 1960 that Ariens made a practical Snow-Thro two-stage snow blower for homeowners. Lauson-Tecumseh made a special winterized engine just for this new snow blower and in 1961 c Techumseh “Snow King” Ezee Start engine was born.
Over the next 40 years snow tires, tracks, hand warmers, headlights, 110v electric start, remote chute controls and drift cutters made the snow blower more efficient and easy to use. Somewhere in that time frame power steering was introduced. Pull a lever on each handle and it would release a wheel to help you turn. Great concept and for the most part it worked but all of sudden there were 6 or 7 levers that you needed to push, pull or rotate to make the snow blower work.
Fast Forward to 2013.
What is so great about the Ariens Auto-turn? The greatest and single most important thing about the Auto-turn is you don’t even know it’s there. No triggers to pull, no levers to push. Just put a slight nudge on the handles and the snow blower turns. Need a gradual turn. It does it automatically. Need to go back the way you came? Just nudge the handles around with full control. Zero-Turn….No problem. Unlike the trigger steered snowblowers the Ariens Auto-turn will give you a true zero-turn where one wheel goes forward and the other goes in reverse all in an easy controlled motion.
Internally it also eliminates over 50 parts. (Compared to the power steering on a Husqvarna 1830EXLT) The auto-turn unit is rugged and built to last. If you’re interested I’ll tear apart the display Ariens sent me last week and we can all see what makes the Auto-turn tick.
Watch the video of how it works here: Industrys first and only auto turn steering
Read my Review of the 28 inch here: Ariens 921030 Deluxe 28 250cc two stage snow blower with auto-turn steering
Read my Review of the 30 inch here: 2014 Ariens Deluxe 30 Snow Blower 921032 with Auto-Turn Review
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