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After talking with my Wife. She said one like you had before. I am going to order the Ariens Deluxe 30. I had a 30" MTD years ago that lasted for many years. Says it comes with the heated grips, and reverceable slides. I try to keep that bottom blade about 3/4" off the ground to cover the the gravel in the driveway.

question though.. How many Volts does that alternator put out??, or what is the Voltage at that Halogen light?? I ask, because I have some Super Bright 12 Volt LED lights that I was going to use on my car for backup lights. I would like to mount them to the shroud for more light early in the Morning, or late at Night..
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How warm do the grips get?? Some of the time when I am blowing snow it could be -20 with 20mph winds. Even leather paks with wool liners are real cold. Have to use 4 of nthose hand warmer packs to try to keep my hands kind of warm..
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I dunno,"pretty warm"? I'm sure it would depend on the ambient temperature. They're a lot warmer than unheated grips, that's for darn sure. If you're getting that kind of weather, I'd add the grips and not think twice about it.

Now, with this said, as you alluded to, it does become a question of what electrical load the engine can support. My blower came with an incandescent headlight and heated grips, I believe it's a 60W alternator. If your engine is only intended to power an LED headlight, it may not have enough output wattage to also run heated grips. Your dealer may be able to help answer that.

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Going there this morning to order a Deluxe 30".
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Though LED's don't take that much power. I do have a 4 Super Bright LED block that takes 2 "D" cell batteries. I will glue a good magnet on it, and stick it on top of the bucket for added light..
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Can you order a cab for your new snow mule? That would surely help keep you warmer.
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I have one. Can't use it.. Won't go under the clothes lines. Keeps hitting the lines. Besides. The exhaust comes right back in with you. So for me it is ski goggles. Works so much better..
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Though LED's don't take that much power. I do have a 4 Super Bright LED block that takes 2 "D" cell batteries. I will glue a good magnet on it, and stick it on top of the bucket for added light..
They take a bunch less power (for a given light output) than incandescents, but they can still draw a fair bit of power, depending on how bright the light is. For instance, there are some 18W LED sets on Amazon.

And even with a low draw, the cost-cutting folks may still have done something like put a 5W alternator on a machine with a 4W LED But hopefully you have spare alternator capacity.

(BTW, about your LED block- I find C & D batteries somewhat expensive, but I have a ton of AA's, in alkaline and low-self-discharge NiMH. You can get cheap adapters that let you use AA's in devices that take C's or D's)

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I found a light at Walmart with 1000 Lumens. Takes 4 Double A batteries. Should be enough to add some extra light out front.
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Nice! Someone gave me a really nice Fenix PD35 flashlight, which I wouldn't splurge for myself

It's lithium powered, they claim 1000 lumens, and people have apparently confirmed it gets really close. It's kind of blindingly bright when cranked up all the way, and still puts out a lot of light when turned down (for 50+ hours of run time).

It's amazing what you can get out of little lights these days, and it makes wiring in a headlight on a blower seem less appealing. Especially if the engine doesn't already have an alternator.

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