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General parts to have on hand.

I just purchased my first snowblower, an Ariens Platinum 24 SHO. I was going to get another set of shear pins, in addition to the extra two that it came with. Do I go with OEM or aftermarket, warranty issues or quality issues? Is there anything else that I might want to have on hand, for example a set of belts? I'm sure this will open up a can af smart ass remarks but please try to refrain. Also sorry if this has been asked before.

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I don't see any problem asking this. So this is new with warranty? i doubt you will have any issues for several years ( knock on wood ) The dealer may have issue concerning the warranty if you make any modifications so I would ask the dealer about how you would void the warranty.Basically they do not want the owner to do anything while under it. ( except replacing shear and basic maintenance )

i think you should probably change the oil after the first 10-15 hours of operation with regular oil specified by the manufacture . Is this a tracked unit or wheeled? On Honda track units the drive pins are shear pins also. I keep a bunch of extra auger pins as well as a couple extra impeller pins.

Since it is a new unit not sure if extra belts and cables are necessary.Not sure what fails on your Ariens unit. I only have very old Honda's so I keep extra belts and cables for them. i plan for almost any contingency including having a back up snowblower if needed but that's just me. After shovelling until I was 55 and having a snowblower for the last 8 years I really don't want to go back to a shovel.

Owners manual is handy as well as the official shop repair manual with all the diagrams , specifications , etc. I consider both worth their weight in gold.

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I would keep at least shear pins, I use a spare blower or two instead of having parts extra. I hate trying to repair a blower in a snowstorm or in the dark.
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OEM belts, shear pins , a headlight bulb, and a spare plug. other than that, the tools and info to do the fix.

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LOL, I am fortunate enough to just grab another blower as well …. even if I brake a shear pin, I swap.... then fix it some other nice day.

A lot of times I swap them half way in a storm, only to work some of my parked ones.
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Agreed with the comments above. I bought extra belts when I got my 1st used machine, and still have never had a belt go out, so that seems unnecessary on a new machine. Get the shear pins, maybe a spark plug, and definitely read and know the user manual before something goes wrong.

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Thanks for all the advice. Yes this is a brand new machine and has the full warranty I'm definitely getting extra shear pins. Keeping everything OEM for the term of the warranty anyway. The only mods I may do will be swapping for poly-skids adding a weight bar if need. Where does one get a repair manual? Will the dealer sell one to me? Anyway thanks again.
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Like others, I keep a set of belts, a spark plug, and a friction disk on hand for my sort-of new Ariens Deluxe 24. But that's more to keep brother Murphy away than any realistic expectation of needing them.

And I also have a back-up snow blower.
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With my luck these last two years, I keep wheel pins and auger belts in stock.

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OEM. I've had my share of not-quite-right aftermarket.

That being said, spare shear pins, a box of air-activated heat packs, a couple of jiggers of 12 year-old Glenfiddich single-malt scotch, a jigger of Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth and a couple dashes of Angostura Bitters.

Not in that order.

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