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OEM or Aftermarket Friction Wheel❔❔

Ariens # 3003 friction wheel ( I think new updated # is 300300) for Ariens ST 724, 924032.
What is better Ariens or aftermarket friction wheel? I suspect the wheels are likely made by one or two manufacturers and boxed up as oem and aftermarket.
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I never installed an aftermarket friction wheel rubber. It is a time consuming job and I have done it a few times. I generally would recommend sticking with OEM parts especially when doing a job that will take you some time and you don't want to have to do it again anytime soon.

On a higher ticket item like when dealing with a car radiator or condenser then I would seriously consider a quality aftermarket part.
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When possible I go with Primeline through Oreilly. Yours would be $12 and it carries a 1 yr warranty. You'd need to order it from the store but it can be done over the phone and it's usually available in a day or two.
Nice thing is if it does fail you can actually take it to the store and get another. Get it on line and you'd likely need to mail it back to get it warrantied if it had one.

Look the part up here: Parts Search | PrimeŽLine Power Equipment
See if they carry it here (they do): List: Search for '7-04211' | O'Reilly Auto Parts

I don't know if I've used this exact part but I've installed three primeline friction discs so far. The Troy, 3 stage craftsman and Jacobson. I've put the most time on the Troy and that friction material has held up just fine.

Like you I'm thinking there isn't many places that make them the main difference might be the design on the bag

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Found this read on ebay


Ariens Factory Original 3003 1708 001708 0047347 Drive Disc Plate Lawn and Snow | eBay
THIS OFFER IS FOR A NEW FACTORY ORIGINAL OEM REPLACEMENT PART - THIS IS NOT AN AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT ITEM
This offer is for a new and unused original equipment OEM factory original Ariens part # 04743700 drive disc, also known by the alternate part# 1708 , and the very old part # 3003 - this part is used as a snow blower / riding lawn mower friction drive disc and has also been known by the prior #'s : 3003, 003003, 00300300, 1708, 01708, 00170800 . We have learned from experience that the original equipment disc - which has a different rubber durometer (hardness) rating, and a slightly higher domed center of the rubber ring - will likely outlast most of the aftermarket replacements. Yes, it may be a little more expensive, but then higher quality may cost a little more up front - but it usually pays off in the long run - no? Besides - it's a real job (better said - a hassle) to install a drive disc in many of the older snow blowers, so why use parts that might not last as long or work as well?
This drive disc will fit most older style Ariens snowblowers, such as a 10ML35, 10M4, 10M5, 10M6, 10M6D, 10M7D, 10ML60D, 10ML60, 910002, 910006, 910007, 910008, 910009, 910010, 910013, 910014, 910016, 910017, 910018, 910019, 910020, 910021, 910942, 910954, 910955, 910962, 910965, 910995, 10942, 10954, 10962, 10969, 10970 - As well as many of the larger frame current models snow blowers, and it also fits most Ariens rear engine rider mowers that have a rubber drive disc that makes them move.
This disc is approx. 6" in diameter including the rubber material, approx 3/4" wide, the center hole is 3" across, and the spacing of the 5 mounting holes is 2 1/4'' from center to center. You're welcome to send us an email if you'd like confirmation that it fits your unit- make sure you provide us the model # off of the frame when you contact us. If you have a compact frame snowblower unit that uses the smaller 4 1/2" dia. disc- this part will not work on your unit.
NOTE : the drive disc has the 1708 number stamped into the metal plate as shown, and the metal plate appears to be shot-peened w/ media prior to zinc plating for enhanced bonding of the rubber during the curing process I would guess. They also are limiting the trimming of the rough edge of the rubber where it bonds to the back back plate - so the edges of the disc rubber may have a loose rubber "lip" of sorts on them. I guess they're currently going for a better durability factor rather than the nicer appearance - everything has it's trade off I guess - not sure of the real reason - but those guys know best- so we'll leave the engineering stuff up to them. We guarantee this is a new and unused original Ariens OEM part.
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Actually, Ariens owns Stens, but surprisingly Stens doesn't list those sorts of things for Ariens snowblowers that I've found.

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I've swapped in the aftermarket ones on several Ariens for friends/neighbors and they all worked fine. Will they last 30 years, don't know? The 3003 crosses to several Snapper models and my local parts guy is a Snapper dealer, always has them in stock.
bwdbrn1, Interestingly enough one of the first LCT 291cc engines I bought from SEW came in a box with Stens all over it. No Stens stickers on the engine, but the box was clearly marked Stens The three I've since purchased were just marked LCT.
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This is where I bought my spare replacement from.

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Ariens Factory Original 3003 1708 001708 0047347 Drive Disc Plate Lawn and Snow | eBay
THIS OFFER IS FOR A NEW FACTORY ORIGINAL OEM REPLACEMENT PART - THIS IS NOT AN AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT ITEM

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No link was with your post. Can you repost?
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the link he meant is in the quote.

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Same as the big post from Ron3033.

- - > Ariens Factory Original 3003 1708 001708 0047347 Drive Disc Plate Lawn and Snow | eBay

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