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post #1 of 3 Old 02-13-2020, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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News flash: 924050 has auto-turn!

...but it only works once.

I was out removing 1" of rain-saturated slush from my driveway just now... again... with the diff locked when suddenly turning the machine got much easier. I looked at the left wheel and noticed some bits missing, and about 10' behind me in the driveway I found what's shown in the photo below.

I'm a little amazed this happened but especially amazed it happened on the smaller machine! If a component like this were going to break, I'd expect it to happen on the 400-lb. ST1032.

Well, I guess for anyone that thinks sno-hog tires don't get good traction, this is evidence to the contrary!
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~1994 Ariens 924084 (ST1032) "papa bear": restored, re-engined, real nice!
1991 Ariens 924050 (ST824) "mama bear"
Toro PowerCurve 1800 "baby bear"

Be alert! America needs more lerts.
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-13-2020, 02:36 PM
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I've never used mine (924508) in the locked position. The Snow Hog tires are fantastic. We had the same 1" of slush in Western Mass. this morning.
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I don't always use it locked, but my driveway is very uneven asphalt and the scraper bar tends to catch on the high spots even though I've got it set to about 1/4" clearance. That makes it a chore to keep the machine going straight, and with a 300-foot straight driveway having the machine always wanting to "slalom" gets to be a PITA.

~1994 Ariens 924084 (ST1032) "papa bear": restored, re-engined, real nice!
1991 Ariens 924050 (ST824) "mama bear"
Toro PowerCurve 1800 "baby bear"

Be alert! America needs more lerts.
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