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post #1 of 19 Old 12-27-2015, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Light with Ariens Cab

I just used my blower for the first time in the dark, the light reflects off the clear vinyl on the cab making it useless, any suggestions?
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2015 Ariens 28+ 414cc, drift cutters, poly skids, Ariens Cab. Debating about hand warmers.
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Bob, I would reach out to Mary Lyn thru the form, and / or contact Ariens customer service. Have all your ducks in a row, meaning have your model number and serial numbers for both the blower and the cab handy. "If" you purchased the blower and cab thru a dealer, I would get them involved also.

I'm sure this is not the first time your issue has come up, as I imagine they sell a fair amount of cabs with the current head light design. I can see that would be a huge pain in the arse.

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In looking at the video
it appears they have the same issue here as well. The headlight in the video looks pretty obstructed also.

Could the fix be something as simple as taking a scissors and cutting out the clear plastic in the area of the headlight to take away the glare element? Or is one of the brace tubes still in the way, thus giving you shadows?

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At about 5:43 in that video he says to make sure the cab is installed behind the headlight, yet the end result looks just like Bob z's

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.
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I just used my blower for the first time in the dark, the light reflects off the clear vinyl on the cab making it useless, any suggestions?
From your pic it looks like you can move the mounting brackets a little higher on the handlebars , even a couple of inches should help. I rarely need to use my blower in the dark , and just set the cab in the brackets when I want to use it ( bungee cord from cab cross piece to handlebar cross piece holds it good)
My easy fix for the fewtimes it is windy enough to need the cab and dark is just a piece of cardboard cut to fit from the top of the light over the cross member of the cab. Blue ( painters tape ) holds the cardboard to the dashboard above the light. Easy on and off and all but eliminates the reflection from the cab.

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Poor design on cab.

Hi all
Well this is my 1st post and I hate that it's a complaint. I have new Ariens 28 SHO, I also purchased the hand warmers and the Ariens cab. Before purchasing I emailed Ariens directly on which product numbers to buy.

Thank you 1894 for the tips on the cab install, otherwise I would have had a totally useless cab, instead of a poorly designed one. I had to use the extentions provided to get it off the shoot crank and then also use the cardboard trick to be able to see in the dark! I Do not understand why I have to adapt to use Ariens products on an Ariens blower! But now I'm not driving off the driveway like I did the 1st time using it. Amazing how blinding the light was reflecting off the cab! Only complaint now is that the front of the cab sits so high that the wind blows under the front of the cab. Luckily most of the time the wind is coming at me from the sides.

I also installed Armorskids. What a great product. I absolutely love my blower now. I literally shaved an hour off my driveway cleanup time from a 30 yr old 824 Toro.(Which still works) Living near Buffalo and working early a.m. makes my Ariens purchase so worthwhile. Plus it is so much quieter.

Thanks all for all the greatl tips. I've been lurking for awhile now learning more and more everyday.
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to SBF tanner9868. Thank you for making your first post helpful to other members. Very nice review on the cab installation.

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To have the protection I'm guessing the end result is you may have to unplug the dash light and mount something forward of the cab, on top of it, whatever gets you on the other side of the clear vinyl.

If you're getting a bit of a draft from under the cab you can always hit a fabric store and get some plain vinyl and make a skirt that would go further down.

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I take it that he means... (in back of the light), actually meaning in front of the light towards the front of the thrower. Just a bad choice of words I think.

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At about 5:43 in that video he says to make sure the cab is installed behind the headlight, yet the end result looks just like Bob z's
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I am modifying the extensions to 4 in so cab will be lower ( I have a spare set) and still clear ice auger. I will let you know how it works out.

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