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Ariens plastic disk clutch on new models

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As I look everything in my Platinum 30 SHO before snow is coming, I looked inside the transmission to lubricate the chain and saw they use a clutch disk made with plastic. Even the sliding part center of the clutch which slides on the shaft is made of plastic. Do all these clutch parts will survive many years to come ? I should have looked if old 926 parts could be used in these new models. Thanks
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Do all these clutch parts will survive many years to come ?
I guess we'll find out. My Deluxe 24 has the same disk. So far no problems.
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I like Plastic a Lot. Just Not on My Snowblower.
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Yea I was disappointed when I seen it too but we will see how it lasts, Not my only blower so won’t be stuck if it fails

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Yea I was disappointed when I seen it too but we will see how it lasts, Not my only blower so won’t be stuck if it fails
It is my only blower but I do have a spare disk. And belts. And spark plug. And maybe some other thingamajigs, I'd have to go look.
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The wheel drive friction disc from Ariens is all steel except for the rubber tire. The assembly is all metal. I don't know what the material is that rides on the hex shaft.

The steel friction discs last me 2 years, installed the 3rd one in the spring for this coming season. I don't wait for them to wear out and do extra damage in the middle of winter.

Here is a pic of my friction disc assembly.
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2015 Ariens Platinum 30 SHO - model 921040
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Your's is the old model made with metal like the one I had on my modified 926LE sold two days ago. Now this is made with plastic even the sliding part on the shaft is made with plastic. (picts to come tomorrow) There's a 2013 28 PRO for sale here. it looks new. For fun, I will perhaps go to see it tomorrow. If it had repositioned wheel shaft like my Platinum 30, I would perhaps change mine.
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Realistically, the rubber disc probably wears out before the choice of carrier material would really matter. I'd expect they could build a perfectly adequate part out of either plastic or metal considering the lifespan and conditions it needs to work in.
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But the pro models still have the old like metal parts instead of plastic. For me, this means something.
I'm still amazed to see peoples changing disk so often. My old 926LE 2006 had the same disk when I sold it last week and it was good for a lot of time. It was shiny all around it with just a little bump line in the center.
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Yup . . .we have had Ariens blowers since about 1973, and between 1973 and 2018, only two of them, shared with a neighbor. In those 45 years, changed *one* disc (and tthe second machine is running fine . . . the neighbor kept it and moved to a different place, which is why I bought my Plat 24 this past winter . . . )

So, I am very confused as to how folks could wear out a disc that fast as well . . .
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