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PLEASE ADVISE!-question on Auto Turn for my application

I live in NH. I've been using Arien snowblowers for 35 years. I have a very long 400 yard packed dirt/gravel driveway.

I have a plow guy that blows in and out but often leaves it a bit narrow. especially last year with 10 feet of snow in February the snow just gets too much to push back.

I need to widen it out. So, I have to run the entire length of 400 yards on both sides of the drive with 1/3 of the bucket into the bank on each side to widen it out.

QUESTION: Will the auto turn on the SHO Plat 30 keep kicking in and making the machine dance around making me nuts? I need it to track straight with a lot of heavy snow in 1/3 to 1/2 of the bucket for 400yds.

PLEASE - before I buy this. I may have to buy the new Honda 928 instead for much more $ but those can run with both wheels locked in.
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My thought would be Honda,Toro or Husqvarna. These machines will not turn unless you tell them to. From what I have read and watched on YouTube for your application of opening your drive and maybe just having snow on one edge of the blower auto turn may fight you. I am looking at either Toro or Husqvarna for that reason. Otherwise Ariens would be top of the list. Honda is just way too much money. Good luck!

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My thought would be a rider. If you have that much driveway you likely have a rider for the lawn already. Unless you need the exercise that's a LOT of driveway to be doing with a walk behind.

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No big deal on the walk...20 minutes one side, 20 the other. I'm in shape and don't mind the walk. I've already been doing it with an 824 for the last 10 years! It is getting a bit tired, I work it hard! It also flew out of my truck when I hit black ice on the highway at 60 and spun into a bank and now it is a bit bent!

I'm going to buy the new Honda 928 for this application unless somebody here still thinks the Platinum 30 SHO won't keep pull me into the banks and all over the place...?

thank you.

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I think that you will be much happier with the honda for your application since it will be able to track straight (unless you make it turn one way or the other).
Plus the quality, durability and reliability of a honda is hard to beat.

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No big deal on the walk...20 minutes one side, 20 the other. I'm in shape and don't mind the walk. I've already been doing it with an 824 for the last 10 years! It is getting a bit tired, I work it hard! It also flew out of my truck when I hit black ice on the highway at 60 and spun into a bank and now it is a bit bent!

I'm going to buy the new Honda 928 for this application unless somebody here still thinks the Platinum 30 SHO won't keep pull me into the banks and all over the place...?

thank you.
I don't think the SHO will pull you all around. I have a platinum 30 and never found it to turn on it's own. I cut back the snow banks on the side of the road around my house and did not find any issues..

Have you looked at the Ariens tracked units?

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I'm afraid you will be fighting the machine constantly widening your driveway. My home driveway is also very long at 1000 feet, and I plow mostly. When it's too deep to plow or I need to widen the driveway, I use the blower. When I widen as you described the machine fights me at all times because of the drag on the side you are working. I learned to lean into the handles but it is a pain. All other times the auto-turn works great, but you are worried for good reason.

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