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post #1 of 30 Old 04-18-2019, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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The time has some to kiss the old FrankenBlower goodby. Its be almost 25 years and I feel I deserve something better. one of my criteria is to have steering assist either via triffer(s) or by auto-turn.



Been looking at Ariens blowers on Craigslist and because I'm not familiar with the model hierarchy and feature nomenclature yet, I have a few questions.



I am looking at a model 924121 (1128). Don't know the vintage but when I asked about steering, this is the response I got.

"It has a one and two wheel drive differential knob on the wheel."


Can anyone explain what that means?


Secondly, can you retrofit Auto-turn onto a Compact 24 model?


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I think he means itís just a pin through the shaft so it only turns one wheel


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Eh, the earlier Ariens had an open diff with a knob on the wheel that could lock it. I don't ever recall an Ariens with only one driven wheel, but with the diff unlocked, spin one, and you stop, just like a car . . .

It was around knob in the same plane as the wheel - pull out of it's detent, turn to the desired position and release and it would either drop into the lock, or be held out, depending on the mode selected. No resemblance of any kind to a pin in an axle other than both are metal . . .
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I talked to a collector last week who said the 1128 is valued by people in the know.

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Good machine from what I know of it, 924 series so it should have that differential mentioned, I too have one for next winter. Except mine is s 26” variant.

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Hey all, I have a line on a Deluxe 24, 2017 vintage. $640. Says it doesn't have auto-turn. Question - can it be retrofitted?

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If itís actually a 2017 Deluxe 24 then it has auto turn and if not itís either not a 2017 or not a Deluxe 24, If itís newer without it it may be a compact or a classic 24 as they donít have the auto turn.

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The 2017 Deluxe 24 is unfortunately gone. However, I've found another 11528 that looks pretty new and a good price ($600). Don't know the year. Can you tell the year by looking (I'll upload an image shortly)? Same question about Autoturn - can it be retrofitted?

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Certain years yes but the model will say yes or no to if it can be added, If itís a 924 series it should have a differential that some think is better than the auto turn, Has a lock if solid axle is preferred but the later years may have the option to add it but the specific model will tell. May be worth it but I think $600 is a bit much for this time of year.

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