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Shifting Gears

This might seem like a silly question but...

Can you increase or decrease the forward speed while blowing snow, without having to stop (interlock required), on any of the modern friction disk Ariens blowers?

Looking to purchase a Platinum 24 SHO and really hope this is possible. Because on my OLD Montgomery Ward blower, I have to stop any time that I want to change the speed. Would love to get a hydrostatic trans but for the added cost, small driveway and limited number of times that I use the machine, I'll stick with the tried and true friction disk.
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No you need to stop to change gears, otherwise you can rip the rubber off the friction disk or wear it down very quickly, this goes for all the friction disk blowers not just Ariens.

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My older Ariens 10,000 would naturally pull to faster speeds if you unlocked the shift, which seemed somewhat safe, but would not easily reduce . . . so I'm going to go with stop as well. No need to drop out any interlocks, though, just release the drive clutch on the left handle, shift, and go . . . (I nlw have the Plat 24, fwiw . . .). The only annoyance is having to reach across with your left to the shifter, since your right hand is already busy . . .
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As stated, let go of the drive handle and then shift. Friction discs just don't hold up well when shifted under power.

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I'm surprised to hear this as I'm almost positive that a friends newer Toro PowerMax HD 10/28 can shift on the fly. And not that it's the same but the friction disk on my old Snapper self-propelled mower can shift on the fly.
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This was the last one I repaired from "Shifting on the fly" Not a good idea I would say.

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There was a post just a couple days ago, a new friction disk and the drive plate were destroyed in two hours because of shifting on the fly.

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Friction disc Yamahas shift on the fly - they're designed to by using an integral clutching mechanism.
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I'm surprised to hear this as I'm almost positive that a friends newer Toro PowerMax HD 10/28 can shift on the fly. And not that it's the same but the friction disk on my old Snapper self-propelled mower can shift on the fly.
my 928 max will not till the left handle is released, at that point there is no tension of the disc on the wheel
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Just stop and shift, …. no biggie … or shift on the fly and replace the friction disc continually … pretty simple decision in my opinion. … just sayin …
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