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Ariens ST1032 not scraping

I have an Ariens ST1032. Monster of a machine. I cannot get it to scrape all the way down to the pavement. I have the skid shoes set to let scraper bar all the way down. Scraper bar does not appear to be worn too bad and when I look at it, it is touching pavement. When I blow snow- that's a different story, always leaves behind about half an inch of pushed down- soon to be ice- snow. I don't believe I run the machine too fast, I walk it nice and slow. Do I need more weight on the front? How do I do that? Any other suggestions?

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There is a weight kit you can but or make.
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You can try adding additional weight to the front end by making something yourself or by adding the weight bars Ariens offers. I believe they're 10 lbs each and you can add two for a total of 20 additional pounds on the front end. But prior to spending any money, I'd do as other's have stated in different posts, I'd throw some kind of temporary weight on top of the bucket and give it a try. No sense spending money if it isn't going to solve the problem. Here's the weight kit.

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Is your driveway even? Are the skids touching the pavement? What kind of skids are you using?

Regardless, 2 stage machines are design to leave a thin layer of snow; I typically set my skids to using 3/16" washers under the scraper bar (My driveway is uneven). Going too low puts the bucket and augers at risk of scraping as well.

If you want to get all of the way down to pavement, shovel or use a single stage for finish work.


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Your "scraper" bar is not supposed to touch the ground or pavement or whatever surface you are cleaning. Read your manual for proper adjustment. Many of us in here us a paint stir stick under the bar and drop the skids to run with that amount of clearance.

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I use a wooden yard stick or paint stirrer under scrapper bar/cutting edge. Then drop the skids and tighten, as most do as well.
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I used to have my scraper bar set to touch the ground. Our driveway is smooth. I now use a paint stick under the scraper when setting the height, but if the surface is smooth, I don't think there's any real harm in having the scraper bar on the ground. You just need to keep an eye on it. It will wear at the same rate as your skid shoes, since as they get thinner, the scraper bar will wear accordingly, as they're all touching the ground together.

Are your tires inflated evenly, so the machine is sitting flat? You can try temporary weight up-front, to see if that approach will help you.

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