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Wider shoes instead of tracks?

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My current Stiga is likely an ex-snow blower (an Oil cap fell away without being noticed so it ran out of oil). It's 11 years old and rather worn out so it's not worth spending close to $800 to give it a new engine.
One of the reasons it's well worn is that I have a gravel driveway and the skid shoes tends to sink too deep in the gravel the first times every season. Naturally that means that I do get some gravel in the housing and that in turn leads to about 5 or six shearbolts being replaced every year.


I'm looking into getting a Pro 28 (about $3100) or hydro pro 28 ($3700) to replace the Stiga for the next season. A tracked model would have been nice but with a price tag of $5200 it simply to expensive for me and you do get a loot of shear bolts for $2000.

One thing that did come up in my mind is how about creating a pair of wider skid shoes?
In theory at least it should make them less prone to sink in the gravel and later on when there is a layer of snow and ice over the gravel it would be easy to switch over to a pair of standard shoes.

Have anyone tried something like this or have any feedback on why it should or should not work? Spending about $80 on pair of skidshoes and some metal feels very attractive compared to $2000 for tracks

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Welcome to the forum!

These are longer, not wider, but hopefully the end result would be similar. A lot of people like the ARMORskids:
Snow Blower Skids for all makes and models

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These are longer, not wider, but hopefully the end result would be similar. A lot of people like the ARMORskids:
Snow Blower Skids for all makes and models
Thanks for that link.
Seems my idea isn't a 100% dumb at least

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ArmorSkids - like them, use them. Like everything else there is no solution that fits everyone but they work well for me.
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Armorskids are long enough to extend just forward of and just behind the housing on a newer Ariens Pro, so they reduce the risk of hitting the housing on things. And they have more surface area than stock so they're less likely to sink into soft surfaces.
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They do look good. Would you mind telling me the exact model of skids that is?

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Armor Skids - I liked them so much for my 10 HP. Craftsman, I ordered another pair for my Ariens 92486 10 HP!!! Probably will outlast the snow blowers.

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Ariens Platinum 24 SHO skids # ASE0310-B

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