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First use of the Ariens Hydro Pro 36 cleaning up on 12-17-16. We go about 10 inches and it turned over to rain so as I clean the driveway I am wearing a rain jacket. Sloppy wet crap around 18 inches by the road. Heavy wet snow. The Ariens didn't mind the break in. I need to get use to the Hydro tranny as it's a little different that the old style disc tranny. Motor runs strong, but if I go full throttle thru the wet plow drifts I believe I will stall it out. It bogged down a little by the road. If I just slow down slightly and let the auder chew it up the motor won't even change tune. No problems at all. I changed the oil afterwards because of my first use of the machine. Only minor issue was the rubber covers that go on the hand controls slid off as I work the controls. I used epoxy and re-glued those cosmetic rubbers back onto the hand controls.

I added LED lights and my custom rolling skids that make the auto turn work a lot better. Plus they don't wear out!











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glad you like the new professional and glad I don't need a snowblower that big, I know go big or go home








but I am home

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When I was younger I did the whole thing with a SnowBird bought in 1960.

I kept that running for 35 years and finally said I can't run that any longer. Every single time I run it, it would take me 1 or more hours of repair. Everything was so worn out on it. Since then I used a big Craftsman machine and a Snapper snow blower. Gave the Sears machine to my brother 4 years ago. Sold The Snapper because the ground speed was just too darn slow.

The last 4 years I been using Ariens and I like the brand.

Sometimes, however I wish I didn't have all this driveway and side walks...

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well I might not have a blower as big as yours but I do help out seven of my neighbors so I'm out blowing snow for quite some time and then I head to mom's and also do a few of her neighbors so I know how you feel

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After watching that video, I can see why you went with the Pro 36". Looks like you're clearing a runway - lots of asphalt.

I remember watching a video (probably yours) on making those rolling skids. Great idea!

I also like your LED lights - nice touch.

Congrats on your new machine. Looks like it worked beautifully. That amount of snow, drenched in rain, is a tough test. Yet, your machine threw it easily.

I'll follow your example, and change the oil in my new Platinum 24 tomorrow. Good to get all those little metal shavings out of the engine block.
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I almost bought a plow for my truck, twice!

But I still have over 180' of sidewalk by the road to clear, the plow can't do that.

So I figure the blower is still needed. That's why I need a big machine. If I ever get a few inches with light fluffy snow, the extra wide shovel mixed with good ground speed, I should be able to clear the snow fairly quickly.

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