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I am currently going to try to resurrect a 10ML60D, if that doesn't work I am going to go new... MY dilemma is first tracks or wheels? Tracks seem like the way to go but for the price I don't think it will be worth the $$. I currently have a couple that are "wheeled" units and don't have any problems, plus the area I need to clear is relatively flat. The only track unit that I would by is the 920022 24" 208 cc ($1400), the 921039 28" 369cc($2100) is kind of pricey. I can buy the 921030 28" 254cc ($1150), 921044 28" 306cc ($1240) or even the 921038 24" 369cc ($1500) which has a larger engine than the 24" track unit. My MTD 22" 5hp has done a fine job, the only issues are when the snow gets too wet. From what I have read it seems like the 208 cc is around 5 or 6 hp? That wouldn't be much if any bigger than what I have. I am thinking I would like to go bigger, so after deciding whether wheels or tracks I need to decide if I should focus on the width of the machine or cc's... I know this contains quite a few questions and may be difficult to sort out, any advice would be appreciated. I live on Long Island NY, last year we had approx. 62" and the last 5 year avg. is about 48"..
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For your snowfall, relatively low, plus you say you have a fairly flat driveway, I dont see any need for tracks..

tracks are really only necessary for steep sloped driveways..
for flatish surfaces, wheels are just fine..perhaps even better IMO, when you factor in better maneuverability with wheels.

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I am currently going to try to resurrect a 10ML60D, if that doesn't work I am going to go new... MY dilemma is first tracks or wheels? Tracks seem like the way to go but for the price I don't think it will be worth the $$. I currently have a couple that are "wheeled" units and don't have any problems, plus the area I need to clear is relatively flat. The only track unit that I would by is the 920022 24" 208 cc ($1400), the 921039 28" 369cc($2100) is kind of pricey. I can buy the 921030 28" 254cc ($1150), 921044 28" 306cc ($1240) or even the 921038 24" 369cc ($1500) which has a larger engine than the 24" track unit. My MTD 22" 5hp has done a fine job, the only issues are when the snow gets too wet. From what I have read it seems like the 208 cc is around 5 or 6 hp? That wouldn't be much if any bigger than what I have. I am thinking I would like to go bigger, so after deciding whether wheels or tracks I need to decide if I should focus on the width of the machine or cc's... I know this contains quite a few questions and may be difficult to sort out, any advice would be appreciated. I live on Long Island NY, last year we had approx. 62" and the last 5 year avg. is about 48"..
Power per inch is an important measure as to how powerful the machine will be all things being equal, so obviously the wider the auger width the more powerful engine you will need to get the same results as you would from a smaller machine with the same or similar engine size and power rating. Track machines are generally much harder to maneuver and better as said in another post for steep driveways or non paved surfaces.

Based on the list you have here I would go with one of these 3 machines, and I took the liberty to recommend models not on your list: the Ariens Deluxe 28 SHO, the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO or the Ariens Platinum 30 SHO (if your driveway is really large). The Deluxe 28 with the 254cc engine is underpowered IMHO, I had one and it bogged down on the plow pile too often.

Best of luck with whichever machine you choose!
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I see nothing good about tracks. anyhoo ALOHA from the paradise city.

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For your snowfall, relatively low, plus you say you have a fairly flat driveway, I dont see any need for tracks..

tracks are really only necessary for steep sloped driveways..
for flatish surfaces, wheels are just fine..perhaps even better IMO, when you factor in better maneuverability with wheels.

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Scot, tracks are cool. Ariens does not make my perfect machine....yet! I need to convince Mary Lyn for Ariens to make a 24" Hydro pro track! I would not even look , (and drool) over the Red Team and Blue Team stuff any more. I would also settle for a 24" Platinum SHO Hydro Track with auto turn. Hint hint, Mary Lyn, Christmas is coming.

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What size driveway?
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Welcome to the forum KSnow

There shouldn't be a problem with resurrecting the old Ariens.

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Thank you all for the input!! So if I go new it will be wheels and one of the SHO versions... My current driveway is approx. 140 feet long, plus I take care of my neighbor (length is equal to mine) and a side driveway (approx. 50 feet) - so an approx. total of 330 feet. All I have ever used is my 22" wide MTD, that has done fine for me, now I need to decide if I go up to 30" wide 414cc, 28" wide 306cc or 24" wide 369cc? I thought it was odd that the 24" has a bigger engine than the 28" - but they both have the same torque?? Do you think the 30" would be the way to go or should I go smaller, not sure if the wider path is worth the extra $$... The 28" SHO is $1240, 24" SHO $1500 & 30" $1800... Thanks!!
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Thank you all for the input!! So if I go new it will be wheels and one of the SHO versions... My current driveway is approx. 140 feet long, plus I take care of my neighbor (length is equal to mine) and a side driveway (approx. 50 feet) - so an approx. total of 330 feet. All I have ever used is my 22" wide MTD, that has done fine for me, now I need to decide if I go up to 30" wide 414cc, 28" wide 306cc or 24" wide 369cc? I thought it was odd that the 24" has a bigger engine than the 28" - but they both have the same torque?? Do you think the 30" would be the way to go or should I go smaller, not sure if the wider path is worth the extra $$... The 28" SHO is $1240, 24" SHO $1500 & 30" $1800... Thanks!!
IMO the 24" SHO should do your tasks real well without the added weight.
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