Ariens Sno-Tek 20 in Two-Stage Snow Blower 939401 Review

Is this snow blower right for you?

20 inch Ariens Sno-Tek

Sno-Tek 20

The 20 inch Ariens Sno-Tek is great if you have a SMALL driveway that gets lots of snow or a SMALL driveway that is gravel.  I recommend this snow blower to very few people but……if you only have a spot just big enough for your car and the plow truck always blocks you in this snow blower is small enough to get around your car and get that drift cleared out. If you have nowhere to put the snow expect over a fence this snow blower can throw it there. I’ve seen driveways on Long Island, row houses in Philly, old neighborhoods around Cleveland and near Wrigley Field in Chicago where this snow blower is the perfect size. It’s not very wide but the 2-stage will throw snow a lot farther than a single stage snow thrower.

by: Paul Sikkema

The 136 cc motor has enough power for it’s size. If you are looking at a single stage unit, seriously consider this snow blower instead. It will throw the snow farther than a single stage and can handle drifts up to 17 inches deep. You can adjust the skid shoes so you don’t throw rocks off your gravel drive.

Don’t buy this snow blower for your spouse!

Do not buy this snow blower for your spouse because you think it will be easy to use. The snow blower does have small tires and only one speed. For most snow blowing that is fine, but because of the small tires there will be times when you do not have enough traction.  It is also not a good choice if you go out  in the yard to clear a spot for your dog.

A 24 or 26 inch snowblower with power steering is much easier to use. The Cub Cadet 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower (524SWE) 31AM53TR756 and the Craftsman Craftsman 26″ 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer 15 in x 5 in X-Trac are actually much easier to use.

Overall the 20 inch Sno-Tek™ by Ariens two stage snow thrower is a good economy machine. The Sno-Tek™ 20 single-speed two stage snowblower features a 20-inch clearing width, a 136cc Sno-Tek engine by LCT with electric start, all-steel dash panel, one-hand operation, polymer chute with a manual chute deflector, and a top-load aluminum gear case.

Read More & Buy Here!

These three online stores have a great reputation for getting the purchase to you quickly and good customer service.  My preferred store is Home Depot for Ariens Products.

Home Depot Sno-Tek 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 939401 Click this link to buy and pickup at your nearest store. Shipping (Delivery) is available for a normal fee.

Tyler Tool Ariens 939401 Sno-Tek 20 136cc Electric Start 20-in Single Stage Snow Thrower Click this link to buy. Free shipping is included most of the time.

When you get your new snow blower home be sure to read the manual, check all the fluid levels and bolts. Learn how to change the shear pins and inspect the drive belts. Learn how to start it and operate it. Practice using it on you driveway. (Don’t run the engine more than 10 minutes if the temperature is over 45 degrees) If you have any questions leave a comment below and we (other readers and myself) will gladly answer your questions.  Above all PLEASE use a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam or blue Stabil in your gas.

Parts You Will Need:

Shear Pins: Ariens Snow Thro Shear Pin Kit for Compact Series Sno-Thro (3 Pk. Bolt/Nut) 73203900

Spare Impeller Belt: Ariens Impeller Belt for Sno Tek 20 in. Snow Blowers 70706200

Engine Maintenance: Sno-Tek Engine Maintenance Kit for Snowblowers with LCT Engines 72000300

Key Features From The Manufacture

136cc Sno-Tek engine by LCT with 120v electric start delivers the power you need to handle a variety of snow conditions
Interlocking control levers allow for one-handed operation, freeing the other hand to reposition the chute without stopping
Robust all-steel dash panel and controls withstand harsh conditions
Durable polymer chute
20-inch wide, 17.5-inch tall, housing brings in more snow with a rolled top lip and offset leading edges for unrivaled durability
Top-fill aluminum gear case with alloy steel gears and synthetic gear oil
Large freeze-resistant 12-inch 3-blade high speed impeller assures superior performance
Single Speed Wet Sump Gear Drive Transmission
Aggressive 10″ x 4″ Polar Trac tires

2.9 Quart Fuel Capacity

20″ Clearing Width
17.5″ Housing Height
All Steel Dash Panel
205º Crank Chute Control
Reversible Skid Shoes
Clean-Out Tool
Internal Systems

Top Fill Aluminum Gear Case
Steel Serrated Auger
3-Blade 12″ Steel Impeller
Tread Control

10″ x 4″ Polar Trac Tires

Home Depot Sno-Tek 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 939401 Click this link to buy and pickup at your nearest store. Shipping (Delivery) is available for a normal fee.

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2 Comments on "Ariens Sno-Tek 20 in Two-Stage Snow Blower 939401 Review"

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Julie Ann

hi i need your help, we want to use our snow blower today apparently it didn’t work. we can’t start the machine. we bought this last year how can we start the snow blower? we can’t find the manual that’s im trying to look for some who can help us.

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