David, I've been very happy with my Ariens snow blower and noted this information on a new mower
they have for 2013. Check out the two video clips explaining the new features.
Ariens isn't one of the bigger-volume manufacturers but they're made in the USA, have a longer warranty, and this new model has some nice features that I haven't seen on any other. (I went through all this last year when I bought the Toro). If I were looking for a new mower this year, it would be in the running.