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Photo comparison: Ariens poly skid vs. OE skid vs. Armor Skids

I wasn't planning on purchasing these poly skids but, due to the massive snowfall we received over the past week, I'm afraid I'm going to have to run the machine on our deck to get some of the snow off before we have problems. I've used the roller skids before on the same deck and found the result (lack of damage) was better than I expected.









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I shimmed things up slightly higher than before. I guess we're expecting some snow over the next two days and then a storm beginning Sunday night to add to the 46" we already have!



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I used the machine with the poly skids last night for about 45 minutes. There's quite a difference. I guess it's an improvement but I'm not 100% convinced of that.

The steel skids tend to cut through to the asphalt. The poly skids tend to glide/skate over a thin layer of snow all the time. So, the coefficient of friction of a poly-snow interface vs. a steel-asphalt interface is going to be very different. One wants to dig in while the other is gliding smoothly (and not activating the Auto Turn).

I do notice that the tires rarely slip going up my hill. This is very different compared to the steel skids.

I tend to lift up on the handle bars to get the scraper to cut into the car tire tracks. I think I may have lost this capability with the poly skids. However, my steel skids are showing significant wear already. This machine has a total of about 9 hrs on it:




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Your steel skid looks like it wasn't quite flat and that is what caused the wear. Wonder if that was part of your problem with it.

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The Steel skids get bent up and dinged up quite easily.
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Your steel skid looks like it wasn't quite flat and that is what caused the wear. Wonder if that was part of your problem with it.
I was wondering the same but I'm pretty cautious when setting them up.

No reason one couldn't shim the leading edge of each metal skid with a dime or something thin. That might minimize the wear I get when lifting up on the handle bars. Regardless, it still looks like a lot of wear in a very short period of time.

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What are you running into that is also chewing up the front angle part ( I'm assuming ) of the steel skid ??

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We have a very low curb along one side of the driveway and granite curbing on the street. It comes with the territory, I'm afraid.

We have a new mail man all of a sudden and he hasn't been leaving the mail at homes unless he has e-z access to the mail box. I'm very good about cleaning as close as physically possible to the curb. I guess I use the skid as a "curb feeler".

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I looked at my other OE metal skid - - the wear pattern is uniform from side to side.
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I was wondering the same but I'm pretty cautious when setting them up.
No reason one couldn't shim the leading edge of each metal skid with a dime or something thin. That might minimize the wear I get when lifting up on the handle bars. Regardless, it still looks like a lot of wear in a very short period of time.
As Shryp mentioned your wear look like in one area suggesting the skids were not flat when tightened or course you can try the dime on the front but I doubt you raise the back enough to press the front of your skids as the blower would tend to spin if raised too much. Normally there is always snow for your skids to ride on unless you had bare asphalt then had a heavy and wet snow so the asphalt was not frozen. Just saying and Good Luck

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