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post #1 of 35 Old 08-29-2017, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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New Ariens RapidTrak 28" 420cc

A higher ground speed tracked model. Looks pretty neat. What do you think?


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I like the speed for transportation mode.
But it looks like somebody just made that because of 3 reasons:
1. If you notice the auger housing always goes down because it is not correctly balanced, the pivot point is now on the drive axle vs on the front idler on the original design making it nose heavy.
2. Because of the increase on the diameter of the drive wheel it would have a hard time at deep snow/EOD because you won't be able to have 1st gear (unless it has a hydro tranny), unless the user is one of the many that does not properly adjust the ground speed to the depth or density of the snow (I've seen some snowblower user that use the blower on top gear regardless of the snow and the wheels are slipping almost all the time).
3. Because of the larger drive wheel it now seems to have less ground contact, loosing traction (by watching the video the operator of the fast speed unit has to always keep the auger housing raised by pushing down on the handles while the other one cruises along with the auger housing raised, at the end of the video you can see how the rear part of the tracks is raised when he parks the blower.

I just realized that Ariens actually offers that system, but my previous comment is what I think.
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Track contact patch is adjustable...

"The small wheel on the back of the track system can be moved up to provide a "wheel" drive, giving you the ability to switch between full traction and partial traction. The big wheel track is a perfect upgrade from your typical snowblower."

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Track contact patch is adjustable...

"The small wheel on the back of the track system can be moved up to provide a "wheel" drive, giving you the ability to switch between full traction and partial traction. The big wheel track is a perfect upgrade from your typical snowblower."

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You can use it as track or wheel, I like that feature (this confirms that it is not balanced as a typical track unit). I guess I'll need to wait and watch a few videos of it in use to see how it works.
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Hmmm.... Wow! Quick, maneuverable traks, powerful 420cc B&S, hydro. Once I see it in the snow then this could be my next blower!!!! Kudos for Ariens for coming up with what looks like an awesome, powerful trak machine.

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There certainly won't be any more complaints about range. It is advertised as having a 5.9 Gallon fuel tank ! Way to go Ariens ! LOL
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There certainly won't be any more complaints about range. It is advertised as having a 5.9 Gallon fuel tank ! Way to go Ariens ! LOL
probably meant .95 gal

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Well because of us on TSF, the backorder date on Snow Blowers Direct has gone from September 19th to October 19th. So if you want one you'd better put away the mower and pre-order one STAT! BTW I watched the video again and the gas tank looks massive so maybe I could just fill it "once per season" LOL. What am I going to need my vintage fuel can collection for anymore?? Maybe I should start a new thread, "show us your vintage gas cans".

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probably meant .95 gal
Or 5.9 liters perhaps......
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Or 5.9 liters perhaps......

That makes it a 1.55862 gallon tank. Based on the last two winters I'd have to do one refill. Sheech Ariens come on, it will be an inconvenience but I guess one refill is ok.

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