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post #1 of 10 Old 02-13-2014, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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2014 Platinum 30 Maiden Voyage

Got to take her out on her maiden voyage today here in Brooklyn NY and boy was it an eye opening experience. I'm coming from a Craftsman 24" 179cc 2 stage snowblower which is now at my Mother In-laws house.

The storm dumped about 10 inches of heavy wet snow, the 1st task was the shared 90' shared driveway and the only direction to blow the snow is straight ahead out and into the street starting from the backyard, the machine handled this with ease throwing this stuff at least 40'. One mistake I made was not paying attention to where the snow was landing which was in my neighbors yard across the street, Oooops. Thanks to the wife for pointing it out. After this I had to get the front of my neighbors house done ASAP as a car was coming to take her to dialysis, this is where the real test for the platinum lied and it was getting rid of the 22" high 5' deep plow pile at the end of her driveway, this too went off without a hitch and seemed effortless for this machine.

After the above was taken care of I started off snowblowing everyones sidewalk on the block both sides of the street, this is where I experienced the auto turn automatically engaging (4 times in 5 hrs) when hitting chunks of stuck ice under the snow and the uneven sidewalk sections. I noticed this is more prominent when moving at slow speeds and not nearly as much of an issue when traveling at higher speeds. Even though the auto turn was engaging it was very easy to control but was unnerving at first, this is something I can definitely live with.

This was the first run and I am very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend the 2014 Ariens Platinum 30. I ordered the Poly skids which will help the errant auto turn engagements.

Now for the funny part of the day, I went over to my mother in-laws house and fired up my old craftsman and started going at it, then said to myself how did I use this thing for all of those years. Don't get me wrong it did a good job with med to light snow but this heavy stuff just brings it to its knees. Fun none the less but a universe apart from the Ariens.

It was a great day and hope you all had good & safe day

Even though I extremely happy with this machine and want to use it again I can wait till next year, I'm sick of this winter already.

-Keith-

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Get the armor skids. Don't bother with those plastic stubby things.
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Get the armor skids. Don't bother with those plastic stubby things.
Do you know which model to purchase?

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Do you know which model to purchase?
Might check into the other posts of members having the armorskids rideing ontop of the snow and having to reblow a second time.
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Do you know which model to purchase?
Go to their website & it will tell you how to choose the right one.
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Thanks for the info all.

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Might check into the other posts of members having the armorskids rideing ontop of the snow and having to reblow a second time.
I was worried about that. But it has been fine.

I have to make a 2nd pass because of the throwing snow forward though.
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The item number for armorskids to fit the Platinum 30 is ASC0310-B .
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Go to their website & it will tell you how to choose the right one.
I went to their website and they have the Platinum 24 not the 30 that is why I'm asking here.

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The item number for armorskids to fit the Platinum 30 is ASC0310-B .
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I was worried about that. But it has been fine.

I have to make a 2nd pass because of the throwing snow forward though.
Thanks for the help guys.

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