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Did Ariens move axle?

Iím looking at a 2017 deluxe 28 sho. I heard on the new 2018 model year the axle was moved forward to make auto turn work better. I measured the 2017 and was wondering is someone with a brand new model can measure to see if itís true. From back of bucket to center of wheel is 15 3/4Ē
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Yes, the axle was moved, but it was a year ago.
2016 model has different position than 2017 model.
The wheels were moved forward for 2017 model year (machines that were new a year ago, Autumn 2016) to make the nose less heavy, to help with auto-turn.

This years new models, 2018 model year, will be the 2nd year with the new configuration, and will likely be the same as last years models, 2017 model year.

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Isnít the new model at dealers now #921048 the one that moved? Last year was 921044. Iím confused. The model I measured was 921044.
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921044 was 2016 only, now two years old, that should be the "axle not moved" model, the old axle configuration.

921048 is a 2017 *and* a 2018 model. Both should have the new moved axle config.

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Does anyone know how much it was moved? According to dealer, they say nothing changed.
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It definately changed..I dont know exactly how much though. A thread here:

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...parisions.html

Says 2 or 3 inches..
It definately happened..and it is the kind of thing a dealer might genuinely not know about! Some dealers might not pay attention to details like that. Or they might have heard last summer, didnt care, and just forgot about it. But its real!

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I have a late 2016 purchased Pro machine. It's the new model machine with a 3 digit serial number. This is a redesigned machine frame wise. The frame is square tubing, from a round frame the year before. It could have other changes. Mechanically the main parts look the same. This has the Hydro transmission. This video may answer your question on the axle location.

However, this video is comparing apples to oranges because the machines are different grades (Platinum / Professional) which may not answer your question, but are 3 years apart. The Pro 36" machine was purchased last November. The Platinum 30" was purchased 4 years ago.
Both are ready for this winter and are parked in my garage.

At the 6:32 mark I explain how heavy the 36" Professional machine is by pressing down on the handle bars. Then I compare it to the 30" platinum machine. I show the side view of were the engine is located and where the axle is placed.

I have added 10 LBS of weights to both machines under the bucket.


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The 921048 also has the awesome plastic drive disk assembly 04861600.
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The 921048 also has the awesome plastic drive disk assembly 04861600.
Can't tell if sarcastic. If serious, why is it better?

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Can't tell if sarcastic. If serious, why is it better?

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Its plastic its got to be better right? No its just one more thing we have to stock and keep track of. Ariens Keeps us busy in the winter tho.

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