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Ariens weight for 24"

Hi all,

I'm going to make a weight for the front of my late 90s 924 and would like opinions on how much weight you would go with.

I know the stock weight is 10 pounds and right now I don't have any weight on it. My machine spends most of it's life fighting packed and half frozen snow from plows and salt on the road. I spend most of my time, fighting it, pulling up on the handles. It really beats the poop out of me. We live on a state highway and they don't mess around. If we get 3 feet of snow, it's getting pushed clean to the curb and salt mixed in contently, then it re-freezes. My poor 924 gets a work out, but it seems to do alright. I don't think I'll ever own a $600 machine though.

Is 10 pounds enough, or should I aim higher, 15? 20? 25? I don't have a cab or anything, I just want to help keep the front of the machine from climbing as much as I can.


Also, if someone happens to have the dimensions of the OEM weight handy, it would be appreciated. I need to pull the machine out of the crawl space soon, but want to make the weight sooner.

I've also considered installing studs and making it so I can add and remove weights, maybe 5 pounds each. But that may just be a waste of time.

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I'm pretty sure they're too long for a 20" housing and I've seen instances where people have bolted two together to give them twice the weight. If I was going to do it, I'd make two them 10 lbs each, try it, and if 20 lbs was too much, take one off and see how that works.

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This in my opinion is the simplest solution and weight adjustable.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...t-weights.html

https://www.jackssmallengines.com/ja...city/1692921sm

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I don't get it?
You gave a link to what appears to be a weight, but then asked who uses front weights?

That doesn't have a picture, so I can't tell what it is.


My plans are to make weights out of left over steel plate at work. The cost will be nothing more than some spray paint.

But you have my curious by the "front weight" comment. What's the alternative, wheely bars?

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I'm pretty sure they're too long for a 20" housing and I've seen instances where people have bolted two together to give them twice the weight. If I was going to do it, I'd make two them 10 lbs each, try it, and if 20 lbs was too much, take one off and see how that works.
Did you mean to type 24? if the OEM weight is too wide, the dimensions are moot obviously.

I do think I saw 25.5" somewhere.........that's odd.

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Did you mean to type 24? if the OEM weight is too wide, the dimensions are moot obviously.

I do think I saw 25.5" somewhere.........that's odd.
I'm quite certain I remember seeing (not sure where) that they're too long for a 20" housing. It didn't give the actual dimensions, it simply stated that they wouldn't work in a 20" bucket. It's very possible that they're also too long for a 24" housing as well, that I'm not sure of. I wish I could find where I saw that. Sorry. You'd think they'd give the dimensions somewhere but they're not easy to find.

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Found it - you are correct. It says they're 25.5" X 5" X 5" but I'll bet one of those "5"'s (the thickness) is supposed to be .5".

https://www.zoro.com/ariens-front-we...specifications

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I don't get it?
You gave a link to what appears to be a weight, but then asked who uses front weights?
That doesn't have a picture, so I can't tell what it is.
My plans are to make weights out of left over steel plate at work. The cost will be nothing more than some spray paint.
But you have my curious by the "front weight" comment. What's the alternative, wheely bars?
In the thread I linked to is a picture of the box and completed install.
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In the thread I linked to is a picture of the box and completed install.
Ah I don't know how I missed that. Sorry about that.

Any idea how much you ended up going with on your machine? The full 33 pounds?

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21.5lbs to match the effort required to raise the front compared to my 1963 Snowbird S263. Your mileage will vary of course and handlebar construction will be your limiting factor.
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