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post #1 of 35 Old 12-03-2015, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ariens Hydro Pro Track Snow Blower

Is the Ariens Hydro Track Snow Blower 32" discontinued? Also, what's easier to move? Track or wheels? Thanks!
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I have a tracked Pro and, in use, it is a handful. It isn't impossibly difficult to maneuver but it is more trouble than necessary . If the engine isn't running it is impossible to move.
I bought tracks because of the steep hills I'm dealing with. My neighbors wheeled machine handles the hill just fine, in fact, more easily than my tracks as he isn't having to put a hip into it to keep it going straight.
I would strongly recommend a wheeled unit. While others may have an different opinion that opinion does not change the fact that tracks are more difficult to operate in every situation... EVERY situation.
Save your back and some cash. Get wheels.
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I will do you a HUGE favor and come get that unwieldy beast out of your hair.

No charge.


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I will do you a HUGE favor and come get that unwieldy beast out of your hair.

No charge.

It does a great job, it's just that it would be so much easier with wheels.
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I have a tracked Pro and, in use, it is a handful. It isn't impossibly difficult to maneuver but it is more trouble than necessary . If the engine isn't running it is impossible to move.
I bought tracks because of the steep hills I'm dealing with. My neighbors wheeled machine handles the hill just fine, in fact, more easily than my tracks as he isn't having to put a hip into it to keep it going straight.
I would strongly recommend a wheeled unit. While others may have an different opinion that opinion does not change the fact that tracks are more difficult to operate in every situation... EVERY situation.
Save your back and some cash. Get wheels.
It may not be too bad to convert it to wheels, and your problem would be solved.
After you are done you can try to sell the track part on eBay.
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It may not be too bad to convert it to wheels, and your problem would be solved.
After you are done you can try to sell the track part on eBay.
Good idea.
Maybe someone on this site knows if a conversion kit is available for my ST32DLET Pro. A quick online search didn't show one.
Anyone?
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Good idea.
Maybe someone on this site knows if a conversion kit is available for my ST32DLET Pro. A quick online search didn't show one.
Anyone?
My understanding is that Ariens use the same axle for wheel and track machines (unlike other brands, therefore their triangular set up on the tracks). I would research which size wheel they use for your machine and try it out (You may have to remove all the track mechanism and just install wheels and tires).
Maybe someone has already done it and can chime in to guide you thru it.

Actually I think it will be smart for you to start a new thread with this topic, and we'll see what other members have to say.
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Yes, it has been discontinued. You can't upgrade a hydro wheeled unit to tracks because the track conversion kit only works on friction disc models. Should be available on any 926 series except hydro.

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Yes, it has been discontinued. You can't upgrade a hydro wheeled unit to tracks because the track conversion kit only works on friction disc models. Should be available on any 926 series except hydro.
My Pro is friction drive, model #926043, it is a ST32DLET Pro Track. Any chance you know the part number of the conversion kit?

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I have a tracked Pro and, in use, it is a handful. It isn't impossibly difficult to maneuver but it is more trouble than necessary . If the engine isn't running it is impossible to move.
I bought tracks because of the steep hills I'm dealing with. My neighbors wheeled machine handles the hill just fine, in fact, more easily than my tracks as he isn't having to put a hip into it to keep it going straight.
I would strongly recommend a wheeled unit. While others may have an different opinion that opinion does not change the fact that tracks are more difficult to operate in every situation... EVERY situation.
Save your back and some cash. Get wheels.
Wow, that is the first time I've heard that a tracked machine was hard to handle in every situation. My tracked Honda is easy as can be in a straight line, but it does take a bit of a push to turn. They fixed that in the 2016 models - if you can find one *cough*.
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