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Angry New Ariens Compact 24 questions

So I just got my new compact 24 and was pumped to try it out.....lots of great reviews. Well, we got 6 inches of snow last night, so I fired it up this morning and was totally disappointed! It left an inch of snow on everything I did. Forget the dreaded end of driveway...it only wanted to climb the pile and then spin. My neighbor saw me struggling and easily ran his blower thru the pile! It also seems to run too fast, as I can only use 1st gear and even that seems way too fast. Does this brand new blower need speed adjustments. Do skid plates or scraper blades need adjustment? Do I need weights or chains? My old Ariens could creep along and chew through any snow! Anyone else have similar problems, and were they fixable?
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Does this brand new blower need speed adjustments. Do skid plates or scraper blades need adjustment? Do I need weights or chains? My old Ariens could creep along and chew through any snow! Anyone else have similar problems, and were they fixable?
Yes on speed adjustment, yes on skid adjustments, probably not on weights and chains.

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The service manual will give you simple adjustments for the drive system to back the speed down a bit.

Separately, you need to loosen both skid shoes while placing a couple of paint stirrers or quarters (anything 1/8th of an inch) on each side of the bucket and then retighten the bolts on the skid shoes. You want your scrapper bar about 1/8th off the concrete assuming you’re not doing gravel.
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Yeah, sounds like the drive needs adjusting, it shouldn't be that fast.
You can either:

1. Adjust it yourself, if you feel up to it.

or:

2. If you bought it from a dealer, they should re-adjust it for you.

3 If you bought it from Home Depot or Lowes, look for an Ariens dealer, (not where you bought it) and pay them to re-adjust it for you.

(Probably 90% of adjustment issues with new snowblowers are the result of Big-Box assembly by Big-Box employees who don't know what they are doing.)

and the scraper bar question has already been answered..
Did it come with a 1-inch gap under the scraper bar? i'm curious where you bought it!

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@icefish2

I re-read my post. I meant to say when placing your spacers under the bucket, make sure you place them on each side of the scraper bar. Not the sides of the bucket itself. Good luck!
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bought from snowblower direct.......my son assembled, but didn't make any adjustments. i'm not sure about the 1 inch, but would make sense.
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