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Hey guys, I bought a 24" Deluxe last February. I only got to use it once on a small snow. I really don't need anything bigger than a 24". I also really liked the Toro PowerMax HD 826. It was several hundred more for the Toro so I couldn't justify it. Now I am wondering up I should have spent the extra money. I've read a lot of bad post about the Auto Turn, and now this year Ariens increased the motor size on the unit, and changed the wheel placement to help with the Auto Turn. Just wanting to hear that I didn't make a dumb decision with the Ariens? I know stupid post, but I tend to over think everything.

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Don't know yet haven't been able to use it enough. Just hoping the quality is as good.
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Auto-Turn users with the stock steel skids seemed less happy than those with the Ariens accessory plastic skids, or a skid with a larger surface area. Ariens acknowledged the advantage of their plastic skids but were hesitant to make the plastic skid standard. They noted that they had less complaints from the Pro model owners and considered the very light front end to be the reason. So made a light front end more common on their new machines this year (2017 models) as a low key "solution".

Auto-Turn usually works perfectly on smooth surfaces, but benefits from the low friction plastic skids on rough surfaces. I like the Auto-Turn with my plastic skids and I also like the heavier weighted front end on my machine. I have used light weight front ends with most machines and they seem great in the showroom. But on snow they are very tiring to use since you need to pull up on the handlebars to avoid the snow from lifting the bucket over the top of the snow. Your 2016 Deluxe has the heavier front end that will tend to keep the bucket planted. So try the stock setup and if you find a squirrely front end then just get the plastic skids.

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I have the plastic skids, but have not installed them yet . Was waiting until I wore out the stock ones first. If it doesn't work well after the first snow storm, I will install them. Thanks

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I also like the heavier weighted front end on my machine. I have used light weight front ends with most machines and they seem great in the showroom. But on snow they are very tiring to use since you need to pull up on the handlebars to avoid the snow from lifting the bucket over the top of the snow.
Whats weird is that I've seen a few folks say they don't like the new wheel placement of the ariens, so they bought a Toro. But Toro is also very balanced with a light front end, and people seem to love Toro.
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Well my neighbor has had a toro for years. Of course he has never offered to help or let me use it. Last year during snowmgedan he was running his Toro from 1 drive way to another and he was just shooting the snow with the quick stick to exactly where he wanted. I just hope that I can do the same. I can't shovel another hugh snow. Will an Ariens 24 deluxe eat through a big ass snow if I need it.
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Hey guys, I bought a 24" Deluxe last February. I only got to use it once on a small snow. I really don't need anything bigger than a 24". I also really liked the Toro PowerMax HD 826. It was several hundred more for the Toro so I couldn't justify it. Now I am wondering up I should have spent the extra money. I've read a lot of bad post about the Auto Turn, and now this year Ariens increased the motor size on the unit, and changed the wheel placement to help with the Auto Turn. Just wanting to hear that I didn't make a dumb decision with the Ariens? I know stupid post, but I tend to over think everything.

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I agree with Town and his well said post. I know they did revise the axle position but I am unaware of any power increase on the Deluxe 24 model.

I would give it a chance it is a well made machine and you shouldn't have any issues with Auto-Turn and if you do your poly skid shoes should remedy them. Best of luck with it and let's hope for some real snow this year. We only had that one 15 inch storm last winter along with a few dustings.

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