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Ok, I got my new Platinum 24 put away in my garage Friday. Sweet looking machine! Most of what I blow is on cement. Some of it is a little irregular in my driveway. I set my shoes to about 1/8 inch below the blade. I got to thinking about reading somewhere about changing out the shoes for a heavy duty type of shoe but I really don't know what benefit that would be. Does Ariens sell such a thing and are they really any benefit?
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I just bought a new Deluxe 28 and installed the plastic non scratching shoes when I got it home. They're expensive but I've heard good things about them.
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I just bought a new Deluxe 28 and installed the plastic non scratching shoes when I got it home. They're expensive but I've heard good things about them.
Make 'em out of HDPE. Very easy and inexpensive. Only takes an hour or so. Wears like a pig's nose. (Right Larry?) In all seriousness, these will probably last the life of tbe blower. They are reversable also and can be flipped too. Made them from wife's old cutting board. Just a suggestion. Non-marring and no rust spots on floor. Quiet as well.

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I just had them added to my order at Home Depot when I picked up the snowblower. I was spending $1000 on the snowblower. Didn't figure it was a big deal to add on $35 shoes. Glad I picked them up.
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I just had them added to my order at Home Depot when I picked up the snowblower. I was spending $1000 on the snowblower. Didn't figure it was a big deal to add on $35 shoes. Glad I picked them up.
Which ones did you get? Do you think they are better than the ones on the OEM? If so, why? Just trying to decided if I should get some or not. Like those made out of the cutting board. Great idea!
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They seem to be much quieter than the OEM ones and if you have a blacktop driveway, they'll prevent scratches. Can similar ones be made out of a cutting board? Yes. But it would take me 2 hours to make something similar. Two hours of my time is worth more than $35. Took me 2 minutes to buy mine...haha. If you want to make some, more power to you.
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Oh, I got the Ariens ones.
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I just had them added to my order at Home Depot when I picked up the snowblower. I was spending $1000 on the snowblower. Didn't figure it was a big deal to add on $35 shoes. Glad I picked them up.
And you're correct.
. I'd have done the same thing but since I'm into this snowblower really cheap I decided to make my own since I had been complaining to the "chief cook" that the cutting board didn't look too good. I pd. $70.00 for the snowblower and a replacement cutting board was $9.00.

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The other thing to do is use the small wheels like on the front of most mowers 5" or 6" so it rolls. I saw someone do that and I like the idea as I have a long uneven gravel driveway with some small ruts. The wheels would allow me to set it up a bit higher and also not dig into the gravel before it gets a chance to freeze solid the way a skid sometimes does.

This was a photo someone sent me when I was asking about skids. I have two sears 10/36's and they have metal wheels for skids stock but they are only about 1/8" wide and just sink into the gravel.
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I got the extended skids / shoes from snowblowerskids.com that advertises on this site. They are sturdy, well made, and powdercoated. They had really good / quick service also. They are steel which is fine for me.
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