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    Re: Snowblower


    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    The granular consistency of the snow from this last storm was perfect for long range throwing with the Ariens. Combined with a stout wind, I was throwing the EOD pile 25 feet into the woods on the other side of the street!
    No lie. 12” at Sunapee.

    Cleanup with the RapidTrak was fast. Actually could have gone faster,

    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-C...PpKmKQ-640.mp4

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    my new ariens 30 SHO If I recollect.. Did awesome.
    Only issues are minor: need to lower the scraper bar a bit and put a weigh ton the front bucket.
    This thing wheelies! too funny. i honestly feel like its a xr650r with the power t puts down

    Puts the old 10hp MTD/ yardman to shame.
    Just keep it at speed 1 or 2 when cleaning snow. 5-6 is prettt much for moving it around or loading it up.

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    Re: Snowblower

    we got about 7-8 inches of very fine granular snow, not wet at all, but heavy due to density. all the snowblower really did was lift it into the air to be blown by the wind

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    we got about 7-8 inches of very fine granular snow, not wet at all, but heavy due to density. all the snowblower really did was lift it into the air to be blown by the wind
    Strangely enough, no matter which way I was facing, and no matter which way I was blowing the snow, the wind would shift to blow it back directly into my face EVERY DAMN TIME.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    No lie. 12” at Sunapee.

    Cleanup with the RapidTrak was fast. Actually could have gone faster,

    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-C...PpKmKQ-640.mp4
    Mmmmm. That's "I'm a boring middle aged white new england guy" money shot right there. I've come to realize just how sad it is that I see something like that and think "oh yeah.... that's hot".

    I'm still rockin my freebie track drive cub cadet 8hp jobbie. But man, that track drive Ariens really rustles my jimmies.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Strangely enough, no matter which way I was facing, and no matter which way I was blowing the snow, the wind would shift to blow it back directly into my face EVERY DAMN TIME.

    same here pretty much, except if I aimed it out into the town road, for the most part, I ended up not aiming, other than UP as high as I could get it into the wind, less came back at me

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    Re: Snowblower

    +1 on the middle aged dude wood over a nice snowblower. I'm just about at the point where I'm ready to justify the obscene cost of a new(er), brand name machine.

    The wind after that last storm was one of the few times I come to really appreciate the remote control turret end on my home-cheapo machine. Throw the snow sideways and not into the air; less blowing back in my face. But yeah, no matter which way you throw it.

    Not sure if I mentioned this earlier. But I was not very good at keeping the skids on my machine adjusted. Machine had started to become a real handful. This fall I put the thing up on my lift and pulled the front end apart to find I'd trashed the scraper bar. It also had half the gravel from my side yard embedded in it and warped the bucket a bit. I've now adjusted the skids and semi-straightened everything. Machine is way, way less of a handful. I arguably have the skids too high now and am no longer scraping down to blacktop. Judging from the trashed scraper bar, maybe that's not such a bad thing.

    Moral is don't be that guy; keep your snow blowers skids adjusted.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by caloots View Post
    It is.. And it was fine back in the day..
    Not so now with ethenol..
    I'm not saying you will be fuked but your chances of getting fuked are higher when it's drained.. I'd assume if you had stabilizer in the gas and then drained it, you would probably be ok.. But with a full bowl and stabil, it's tough for water to collect

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    i think it depends where/how you store them...outside you have a higher chance of having issues with water...having an attached garage that stays warmer than outside i doubt i will ever have issues with water which is why i shut the snowblower down via the fuel shut off...i need the snowblower as well as my generator and chainsaw to work when i need them so i try to take good care of them

    heard good things about bg44k...so i picked up some to try out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    my new ariens 30 SHO If I recollect.. Did awesome.
    Only issues are minor: need to lower the scraper bar a bit and put a weigh ton the front bucket.
    This thing wheelies! too funny. i honestly feel like its a xr650r with the power t puts down

    Puts the old 10hp MTD/ yardman to shame.
    i had to do the same to mine...tossed a weight kit on it and the composite skid shoes...put the blower in the garage level and stuck a roof shingle under the blade and loosened and dropped the skid shoes to the garage floor and tightened

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by Point37 View Post
    i think it depends where/how you store them...outside you have a higher chance of having issues with water...having an attached garage that stays warmer than outside i doubt i will ever have issues with water which is why i shut the snowblower down via the fuel shut off...i need the snowblower as well as my generator and chainsaw to work when i need them so i try to take good care of them

    heard good things about bg44k...so i picked up some to try out...
    Amazon.com: BG 44K Fuel System Cleaner 4 Pack: Automotive

    attached garage
    4 stroke snow blower - metal tank filled + seafoam...shut down via fuel valve
    2 stroke snow blower - plastic tank empty
    4 stroke generator - metal tank empty
    4 stroke scooter - tank partially full + seafoam
    2 stroke chainsaw - plastic tank partially full with trufuel no fuel treatment

    shed
    2 stroke weed wacker - plastic tank empty
    2 stroke leaf blower - plastic tank partially full
    4 stroke push lawnmower - plastic tank empty
    4 stroke self propelled lawnmower - plastic tank empty
    4 stroke riding lawnmower - plastic tank partially filled + seafoam



    i had to do the same to mine...tossed a weight kit on it and the composite skid shoes...put the blower in the garage level and stuck a roof shingle under the blade and loosened and dropped the skid shoes to the garage floor and tightened
    Yes.. The garage makes a huge difference

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    Mmmmm. That's "I'm a boring middle aged white new england guy" money shot right there. I've come to realize just how sad it is that I see something like that and think "oh yeah.... that's hot".

    I'm still rockin my freebie track drive cub cadet 8hp jobbie. But man, that track drive Ariens really rustles my jimmies.
    I was always envious of the YouTube videos because those guys were throwing powder to the moon, while the cement we get in Boston goes about 10 feet. This is the 1124 throwing plowed snow.


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    Re: Snowblower

    If you find another 1124 for a good price please let me know


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    Re: Snowblower

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who was out there snowblowing the streets of Boston after a good storm.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by LuvDog View Post
    If you find another 1124 for a good price please let me know
    Probably going to sell it soon. Have to replace the friction disk. Awesome machine, also has the front weight kit.

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    what a PITA it is to replace the auger lever on an Ariens

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    Re: Snowblower

    Any idea where to get some Ariens / Chevy orange spray paint for cheap?

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    Re: Snowblower

    Lowe's
    They carry jd green and yellow
    And troybilt red.. I believe Ariens too

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    Re: Snowblower

    I stand corrected..
    Might be home depot

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    This is a 6pk though

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloots View Post
    I stand corrected..
    Might be home depot

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    This is a 6pk though

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Any idea where to get some Ariens / Chevy orange spray paint for cheap?
    It is identical to Chevrolet Engine Orange, as are Kubota tractors. WalMart is likely cheapest but any auto parts store has it.

    Trying to match the Honda red has been more difficult and the last two dealers I went to didn’t stock the Honda stuff.

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    The factory can of ariens paint is around 20. Some bs right there

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    Re: Snowblower

    12" of the wet, heavy stuff down on the south coast. My Ariens Deluxe 28-SHO did well, but certainly not flawless. Cutting through the plow drifts I had to feather the clutch quite a bit to keep it slowed down enough to blow snow instead of pushing it. If I had this purchase to do over again I would have bought the Platinum 24 SHO at similar money and sacrificed width for more tons/hr.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I got a jd 928E
    I put a brand new factory motor on it..
    It throws wet snow and slush without any problems..
    I can't believe how well it does

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    Re: Snowblower

    This is exactly why I went with the platinum. My neighbor has a 28 deluxe so I had a pretty good idea of how it performed. It does the job well 90% of the time but with the heavy wet snow we get here in New England I wanted a little more. I bought a 2015 platinum 30" with the 379cc engine. The extra motor it has over the deluxe gets you there.

    Frankly the new Platinums are the way to go. The 30's have the 414cc engine and a higher blower speed. My guess is that the extra load the increased blower speed puts on the motor probably puts the performance of the 414 in line with my 379, only it moves the snow a little faster.

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    Getting the carb tuned up on the Troy-Bull now. I think it is just getting some crap from the tank occasionally making it surge a little. The old thing is a tank, but the secondary impeller, I feel, is too small. It is very wide and deep, handles a ton of snow, but doesn't throw it as far as I'd like. It will just get about 6" of snow fully across my 2 car wide driveway. I'm going to do the impeller mod this off season and see if that helps next winter. But the way this thing is built, it's a keeper. Might have to get a Briggs v-twin and big pulley on the engine to speed things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Getting the carb tuned up on the Troy-Bull now. I think it is just getting some crap from the tank occasionally making it surge a little. The old thing is a tank, but the secondary impeller, I feel, is too small. It is very wide and deep, handles a ton of snow, but doesn't throw it as far as I'd like. It will just get about 6" of snow fully across my 2 car wide driveway. I'm going to do the impeller mod this off season and see if that helps next winter. But the way this thing is built, it's a keeper. Might have to get a Briggs v-twin and big pulley on the engine to speed things up a bit.
    U need to put an auger kit on..
    It's night and day
    I get these
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    And trim them down as needed..
    Line your auger up with the shoot.. Put a piece of tape on it then one of these paddles.. Use a baseball card or equivalent thickness and put it between the paddle and the tub.. Mark the holes on the tape and then drill them. Get stainless steel bolt, nylon lock nut and washers..
    Repeat on the exact opposite side of the auger if you have 4 blades.. Do them all if you have 3 blades.
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