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I am one of those guy that will use my SS for everything possible and only pull out the 2 stage when necessary. I have an old Craftsman 22" SS that still runs but I've had to make many repairs to over the years. It still runs well but I'm giving to my brother. So I took a chance and bought a new Toro Snowmaster to see if it will be able to do everything I need and possibly get away with having 1 machine in the garage. Even if it can't handle everything, it means that my 2011 Ariens platinum would see even less duty than it already did. Don't get me wrong, the Ariens did a great job, but now being out of warranty and all, it was time to have some fun. I had already made various mods to it from the time it was new. I upgraded the chute control by making my own parts to improve the clunky mechanism. I added handlebar supports that stiffened the entire machine to make it more solid like the old Simplicity units used to be. But now I decided to tackle the mod that everybody wants to do...a repower! The 24" Platinum came with a Briggs Polar Force 250cc that ran fine. But my property has limitations for throwing the snow to the sides of my 3 car wide drive. I don't like to put it in the street, but there is a large grass circle in the middle of our court (as opposed to just a large blacktop court). So I wanted to be able to throw the snow from the bottom of my driveway, across the single lane of roadway and into this grass circle. I don't like running the snowblower across the lane of roadway because then you are blowing through salt and gravel infused snow from the road which I like to avoid if possible. So I decided to shoot for a possible solution. I started by picking up an LCT/Tecumseh/Paulsen 414cc engine for a very good price. This is basically the same engine Ariens is putting on it's SHO models. But I realized that more power alone wasn't going to do the job so I had to increase the impeller speed. This is not easy on the new Ariens models as they use a proprietary 2 belt cast pulley that is made in-house and puts the impeller belt location out past the end of the engine shaft. So this whole mod only made sense for me to do because of my access to a friends machine shop. I made a pulley (sheave) with a larger diameter (and slight other mods) to fit the new engine shaft which increased the impeller speed from stock at 1080 rpm to about 1350 -1400rpm. The traction drive pulley remains stock (although machining the overall length was necessary to make it line up on the new engine shaft) so traction drive speed will remain the same. I'm hoping that the small increase in impeller pulley diameter will mesh well with the increased engine hp/torque on a smaller (24") bucket size. It's completed and I'm anxious to test it out this year. I'll report back on both this project and my review of the Toro Snowmaster as the season provides opportunity.

(I know...freakin' novel...sorry, got carried away)
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I'll be curious to see how this pans out. Interesting mod.

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once you do a write up on both your machines you are going to have another novel, hey but that's how we learn about mods and other machines in a very detailed way

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This is overkill at the least but a great project. I just wanted to insert that the impeller mod would greatly increase your snow blower throwing distance as well and with no chute clogging with wet snow.
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Yes Normex I forgot to mention that I had already installed my own homemade impeller kit a couple of years ago. I used 1/4" thick polyurethane and stainless hardware. It made a nice difference.
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