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Can the "auto turn" gimmick be disabled...?

I would think that my $2000 Ariens mistake would operate much better if there were no auto-turn BS. It is the most cumbersome aspect of the snowblower and I wish it would just track straight. It wanders so much that I really need to manhandle it to keep it on the clearing path.

Can the Auto turn be disabled on these things?

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14" snow shovel
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Ram, I don't think so.


What skids are you running? What kind of surface?
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Skids are stock, surface is hard packed gravel.

My snow clearing equipment:
Ariens Platinum Track SHO 28
Atlas 2 cycle single stage for the deck
24" snow shovel
14" snow shovel
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Husqvarna 357 cc (gone)
Craftsman 357 cc (gone)
Troy-Bilt 5.5 HP, 24" (gone)
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I would think that my $2000 Ariens mistake would operate much better if there were no auto-turn BS. It is the most cumbersome aspect of the snowblower and I wish it would just track straight. It wanders so much that I really need to manhandle it to keep it on the clearing path. Can the Auto turn be disabled on these things?
Probably and most likely, yes. Just from watching this video if one were to install a heavy spring between the two sliding clutch plates it would lock the two axles together not allowing the auto turn feature. One could conceivably fine tune it with slightly more spring tension still allowing auto turn but requiring more effort during the turn thus minimizing the wander. Without a unit in my hands it might be as simple as installing a shim on either side of OEM spring to increase the spring tension which would probably be the way to go. I would start with a .040" shim each side, assemble, test drive then work my way from there.

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You may want to try Armorskids or call Ariens corporate tomorrow tel. 1-920-756-4688, let them know your issues and they may send you a set of their Poly Skid Shoes, both of these skid shoes have been known to help.

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Didn’t Ariens offer autoturn add on kits for older machines? If so, maybe the previous gen remote locking diff can be installed.

Shimming the center spring on the differential may be a good option as well.

Realistically swapping to better skids will likely be the quickest and easiest solution. Poly skids are particularly helpful on pavement, but for snow packed gravel armorskids might work better.

Regardless of skid material, I think the length of the skid will likely help the most with keeping the machine on the straight and narrow. A longer narrower skid like cub cadet uses, or the Arnold universal shoes look promising.

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Ditto on Armor for gravel.
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Didn’t Ariens offer autoturn add on kits for older machines? If so, maybe the previous gen remote locking diff can be installed.

Shimming the center spring on the differential may be a good option as well.

Realistically swapping to better skids will likely be the quickest and easiest solution. Poly skids are particularly helpful on pavement, but for snow packed gravel armorskids might work better.

Regardless of skid material, I think the length of the skid will likely help the most with keeping the machine on the straight and narrow. A longer narrower skid like cub cadet uses, or the Arnold universal shoes look promising.
Yes they still offer the auto turn kit as I have one on my 1027 and I have roller skids and so far no issues at all and tracks without any wanting to turn, Although the hard packed with gravel is most likely the cause of his issues as I don't think auto turn would work so great on that.

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I was having the same issues with mine when I first purchased it several years ago. Called up Ariens and they sent me there poly skids for free. Put them on and followed the setup on there YouTube channel. Works great every since.

PS: I don't have a gravel surface.

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I would say keep the tires inflated the same and run poly shoes up front. That should fix the pulling.
On my pavement, wheels up front made it 100% better.
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