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Old ariens differential without out locking knob

Was working on a gentlemans 1960 ish ariens maybe a 10m but it had no tags. It was single belt , 1 clutch lever by belt , and had bucket side shields, pneumatic tires. It also was electric start but had a wall mount transformer. I was replacing the single belt and clean and inspect and lube the drivetrain. I was surprised that machine had a differential but it didn't have the locking hub knob that I thought was the identifier for a differential. Is there another visual identifier for differential that you know of? Or is this a rare bird?


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I have a 10M6, with the bucket side extensions bolted on, as well as the differential, with the lock out pull knob and phnumatic tires. Mine never came wityh electric start. You sure its not just missing the knob?
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I got to wondering if these could me modified to put the auto turn diff into them. Would be nice to not need the knob but still have the diff, May lol into it on mine this spring as I have 2 with auto turn cuffs I could borrow to see the fit. Must wait for spring though as too much to do for winter.

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I looked into that briefly a while back and it looked like the splines on the axles that mate with the diff are much smaller than on the older units with the locking diff. Although I'd love to have someone prove me wrong!

Actually I think my ideal setup would be one that I think Ariens had at one point, with a little trigger handle on the handlebars to lock (or unlock?) the diff. In general I love the idea of the locking diff, I just hate having to stop and reach down to the wheel hub to lock & unlock it.

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I will have to look into that, One if my auto turn blowers is converted FROM that one lever type, The lever was not a differential but just unlocked one wheel while the other stays engaged with the drive system. Sort of like pulling the pin out of one wheel.

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Ooh, I don't think I'd like that. I thought it was a true lockable differential.

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Hi.
I am rebuilding a 10M6D that I picked up for $50.00. I think it is a late 1965 model based on the blower serial number. It has the differential but does not have the locking feature.
The axle shafts are 3/4 inch diameter. I think the solid axle is 1 inch.
I also have a 1970 that has a differential and the locking feature. On that axle the hubs are round with three bolts, the 10M6D axle hubs are triangular with three bolts.
You could swap a later axle if you wanted it to lock. I have a spare axle that locks, and was going to swap it, but I almost never lock it, so didn't feel the need.


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Maybe the earlier ones didnít have the lock and after consumer complaints of getting stuck and one wheel slipping the added the lock.

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A Grade 8 1/4-20 bolt took care of the locking knob acting up on our old 1990 1236. Where we live, there's never really a time it's not needed.
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