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post #1 of 30 Old 12-07-2015, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Losing the tracks...

Good Morning All,
I have a ST32DLET Pro, model 926043, serial no. 000375. It is a tracked machine but I hate tracks and want to replace the tracks with wheels. There are kits to switch from wheels to tracks but not to switch to wheels so I'm sure that it can be done.
I'm hoping that to go to wheels it will be simply replacing the track axle with the proper axle and putting on a couple of wheels but things are rarely that easy.
Anybody know what is needed to help me lose the tracks?
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I have not looked at an Ariens but I did once have an older Craftsman tracked unit I looked at. In that case it looked basically like the wheels were just replaced with the track unit and there (I think) was something to limit the tracks from swinging too far. I think on that one you could swap them out because it looked like it was basically the same tractor unit for both wheels and tracks.

Maybe they'll swap. I'd suggest maybe seeing if you can find a parts manual for a comparable wheeled unit or see if someone has a comparable wheeled unit you can compare yours to. I suspect if there is a difference it's in the axel shaft.

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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I think you can go to the Ariens website or any other parts supplier and look at a diagram of the tractor part on your model number and one that would be its equivalent wheel model and see if part numbers are the same. If so (and hopefully it is) you can just take all the track mechanism off and install wheels on it (a few of us in the forum think that Ariens use the same drive axle for tracks and wheels, that is why they do the triangular track configuration to compensate for the high located axle, but we could be wrong )
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My biggest concern is the mounts (holes for the axle) in the chassis are in different locations. That would effect the balance of the machine. It seems unlikely that Ariens would build two chassis, one for wheels and one for tracks, but stranger things have happened.
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My biggest concern is the mounts (holes for the axle) in the chassis are in different locations. That would effect the balance of the machine. It seems unlikely that Ariens would build two chassis, one for wheels and one for tracks, but stranger things have happened.
IMHO I think this is not the case as it is with Honda and Yamaha (two sprocket type track system being the forward the drive axle) where a track machine has the drive axle mounted further forward than the wheel model. On Ariens the track drive is the center upper sprocket (on the triangle) which seems to be in the exact location as it will be on a wheel model. JMH opinion
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IMHO I think this is not the case as it is with Honda and Yamaha (two sprocket type track system being the forward the drive axle) where a track machine has the drive axle mounted further forward than the wheel model. On Ariens the track drive is the center upper sprocket (on the triangle) which seems to be in the exact location as it will be on a wheel model. JMH opinion
My bet you're right. I'll put a call into Ariens today and see what they say. I'll post their response.
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If you go through with changing it over it would make a great write up with photos.

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If you go through with changing it over it would make a great write up with photos.
That's a good point because if you want to sell the track setup, the write up and photos will come in handy to the buyer of the tracks.

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The email below was sent to Areins this evening. I'll post their response when I receive it.

"Good Evening,
I have the model listed above and I am not happy with the tracks. I want to switch to wheels. So I have 2 questions.
1. Can it be done without major mods to the chassis?
2. What parts (part numbers please) are needed to accomplish this effort?
Thanks"
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