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New Ariens Compact 24

Just got the new Ariens Compact 24 over the weekend. Bought from a local OPE dealer. Everything appears to be working as far as I can tell. But this is my 1st snow blower, so I am lacking some experience. Anything I should be aware of before my first use this winter?

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Joo, congrats, and welcome aboard!

Keep an eye on the engine oil level and I guess change the oil after you get some hours on it.

Take your time. Go slow. Learn not to run over things, don't let it ingest the morning paper, etc. If the end of your driveway gets plowed in the the town, learn to nibble away at the dense and icy accumulation so you don't stress the machine too much...take small bites.

Will you get enough snow given your location or are you basing your purchase decision on the more recent winters?

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My decision was based on the snow we've gotten in the past. Seems every couple years we get a storm that will dump about a foot of snow on us all at once. Wanted to make sure what I bought could handle the snow at the end of the driveway thats left by the plows after they go through the street.

Any thoughts on locking both wheels? Or should I leave one unlocked?

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I think most will say locking both wheels is the way to fly. Turning these machines on wet/slick surfaces is not a big deal.
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Congrats on the new machine !
Like uberT said ,run it for a bit and then change the oil.Make sure you have one or two new sheer pins just in case you hit something. By the way I like those tires
lots of tread on em. And don't forget to put a nice coat of wax on that beautiful Ariens you bought!!
Here's a vid on replacing a sheer pin.
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I also have a compact 24, but a bit older, its a 624e, but anyways I literally beat the piss out of that thing every time it snows, I ram it into that plow ridge and when the wheels start slipping I keep on pushing and ramming, it can take a beating, be sure to change the oil after 8 hour break in period and that's it, use it and abuse it, lol.
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