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Looking at snow blowers

Hi. New here. I have had more than a few snow blowers before, but never a Ariens. I am looking for one close to $1000. I want to avoid Big Box Stores, because of No Service Here.

I have a two car garage with just a gravel driveway. There are also no real sidewalks, so I just go over the grass every year. I have had many MTD's, but a couple of guys on this site said to go with a Ariens. I just got back from a Dealer that sells, and services them. So I have a couple of Questions for you..
I am looking at the Deluxe 24. It is a 2019 Model # 921045 for 1099. Can anyone tell me about them?? Also..
I would like the heated grips. Would it be better to pay the $100. at the Dealer, or find it on ebay, or amazon and install them myself??
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Messing with a new machine voids warranty.
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I have a 2017 model but same model number, If the dealer will sell and install the heated grips for $100 I would have them do it, You can't even buy the Ariens grips for much less so better to have them put them on. And for gravel I would get a set of ARMORskids no matter the blower you get, They have more surface to help them from digging into the gravel.

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Are those skids a option for the snow blower?? I might look for a 28", or 30". Wife says we will make it, because I just didn't have enough power with the 24" I had before.. The 30" has the heated grips. Does anyone have them?? I would like to know just how warm they get.. The ones for the MTD get to about 80+. Thanks..
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I have a 2017 model but same model number, If the dealer will sell and install the heated grips for $100 I would have them do it, You can't even buy the Ariens grips for much less so better to have them put them on. And for gravel I would get a set of ARMORskids no matter the blower you get, They have more surface to help them from digging into the gravel.
Agree on the heated grips, I have the same machine but without the grips.

Regarding the ARMORskids, Ariens makes a set of plastic skids as well, and if you're concerned about warranty issues then using the Ariens skids would not affect that. Just look at the respective sizes of the two sets of plastic skids and if they're even close then just get the Ariens and be done with it. I do have the Ariens plastic skids (used on pavement) and they work fine for me.
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I don't have any real pavement to worry about. Just compacted dirt and gravel in the driveway and whatever is kicked up from the plow truck. I try to set my skids up about 1/2 to 1" off the deck to protect my lawn. It has worked for years to put down a base first.
Now if I got a couple of those Blue skids that are used on the Cub Cadets. Is that what you are talking about??
Oh, and for the grips. The dealer is just going to sell me the grips. I would be the one putting them on.

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Regarding gravel..... a lot depends on local snow conditions.

If you get lots of wet snow that comes and goes, gravel has a greater chance of wearing out skids and getting chewed around inside the auger housing, causing scratches and possibly rust.

If you get snow like us......which after one or two sweeps, turns into a compacted snow/ice base layer, which stays until spring, then gravel is much less of an issue.
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I'm sure if you did a search for poly skids you would find several out there. Ariens offers then as well, just not an "option", but you can buy them from the dealer, or I see HD even sells them. I have never used, or felt the need for heated grips, so for me I would never add them, and if the machine came with them, I would not use them, but that is just me. To me the bigger the engine is better for blowing the snow, especially wet stuff or at the end of the driveway. Good luck with you decision.
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Messing with a new machine voids warranty.

Good point.
The nice thing about having your dealer install the heated grips is that most likely they would be covered under warranty. Of course read the super fine warranty print and ask you dealer if they would be covered in your OEM warranty etc....

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If the dealer will do the heated grips for $100, that doesn't seem bad. Especially if your warranty remains intact. I don't need mine often, here in MA, but in some cold & windy storms, they've been very nice.

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