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Snow Blower Skids

My Ariens 1332 has been running like an animal this year. Did the Impeller mod to it and the thing fires snow further than it ever has. Problem is i have a gravel driveway and its been dipping into the gravel, obviously making a mess. Was looking into these "Snow Blower Skids" upgraded skid shoes. Seeing if anyone has used them and has any feed back. Thanks
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I switched to these too. Much easier for me doing my gravel driveway, then going over to my neighbors paved. I can lower them right down. Before I was swapping between home-made skids for gravel and stock for paved.
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I bought a 7/8" wide x 1/4" thick x 4' long hunk of steel from Lowe's, and made my own for about $10. I bent the front and back upwards, and then drilled 2 holes in them, and mounted them to my existing skids. I used flat-head bolts, and have them recessed into the bar stock. They are holding up well, and for about $10, I was able to do two snowblowers.



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I love this and would enjoy seeing pictures! Yankee ingenuity.

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I bought a 7/8" wide x 1/4" thick x 4' long hunk of steel from Lowe's, and made my own for about $10. I bent the front and back upwards, and then drilled 2 holes in them, and mounted them to my existing skids. I used flat-head bolts, and have them recessed into the bar stock. They are holding up well, and for about $10, I was able to do two snowblowers.

I am cheap, but also creative - IMHO.

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I don't have a gravel driveway but I don't like the sissy, stock skids. Made my own... These are on my 921001 I just bought.
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I tried these out for the first time yesterday. Never used Poly skids before and I have to say, I was really pleased with the way they glide on my 40 year old paved driveway. I wasn't expecting them to be as small as they are (compared to the "Professional" stock steel skids.) I did have to grind flats on my washers to get them to fit in the counter sink slots, no big deal. I paid $16.50 shipped, but I see they are $20 now. Time will tell how long they last. Oh, and I can't get the images to load in the proper orientation, but you get the idea.
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I bought a 7/8" wide x 1/4" thick x 4' long hunk of steel from Lowe's, and made my own for about $10. I bent the front and back upwards, and then drilled 2 holes in them, and mounted them to my existing skids. I used flat-head bolts, and have them recessed into the bar stock. They are holding up well, and for about $10, I was able to do two snowblowers.



I am cheap, but also creative - IMHO.
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Composite skids

I have a large gravel driveway and use the Ariens non-abrasive skid shoes. These are made of ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material. The skids are wider and wear slower than the steel skids.

What is more important is to set the scraper bar at least 1.25 inches up and off the gravel surface. This time of year, the skids should be adjusted to raise the scraper bar as high as possible. In January, there's an ice layer on the driveway and the scraper bar can be lowered if desired.
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