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Anyone switch back to stock skids from ArmorSkids?

Anyone switch back to stock skids from ArmorSkids?

I put the ArmorSkids on as soon as I purchased my blower. I do have gravel and sidewalks, but the gravel is relatively flat and solid. I'm considering trying out the original skids next year instead of the ArmorSkids to reduce the riding up with the EOD and dense snow. Has anyone gone back to the original skids and found a difference?

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Do you have the skinny side of the ArmorSkids facing forward?

I’ll never switch back.

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I went the other way and found just a little more riding up but not a dramatic difference. Throwing another 10 lbs on the front of the bucket mostly took care of it (at least to the point where it doesn't ride up enough to bother me). The difference in smoothness going over sidewalk edges, etc. with the skids extending beyond the bucket is well worth it IMO. And because the bigger skids glide better, it's a little easier to turn the thing tightly without needing to pick up the bucket (which is pretty heavy on mine). For tight turns with the bucket on the ground it's more like dancing with the blower instead of wrestling with it.
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Yes I do have the skinny side forward and added 20lbs to the front. I hadn't considered changing until this last snow which was wetter than most. Also I really hadn't given the stock skids a try before using the ArmorSkids. I found the attached photo online (so thank you to whoever posted it) it does illustrate that the ArmorSkid by design would push more snow under the skid.

Although as you mentioned the benefits will likely outweigh this inconvenience and I may quickly switch back.

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I didnt consider switching back until this last storm. I found Armour skids worked great overall up until this event. We got a few hours of ice pellets on bare pave, inches. Had a real problem with the skids riding up on the top. The stuff was easily moved with a pusher just heavy. These conditions dont occur that often. But I was seeing other blowers handling this stuff no problem clearing to the pave. Difference had to be the skids. Something to keep in mind for a pellet type event.
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I put Armorskids on my machine before I used it the first time. I like the protection it offers for the housing and makes turning the beast easier. But, I do find it very difficult to get the snow cleared almost to the surface as they do tend to ride on top of the snow. They act like skis in this regard. I can live with that though as I don't need my drive cleared to the pavement. The benefits far outweigh the drawbacks in my opinion.

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I do find it very difficult to get the snow cleared almost to the surface as they do tend to ride on top of the snow.


They act like skis in this regard.


^^^ These are the exact reasons I had to remove mine.

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So the key is to make them narrower. When I weld a strip on the bottom of worn skid plates it always is the same width as the original and longer with a slight upward tilt as the ArmourSkids specifically to ride over the lifted sidewalk edges.

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I tooth Armour Skids off and Put the Ariens Polyskids on .I found that the Auto steer works a whole lot better It seems that the there was to much friction between the Amour skids and the blacktop.Now I can control the steering with one finger.As long as the tire pressure is checked and the blower is set up on a flat surface
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