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Auto turn impacted by driveway quality?

First off, I'm looking for a new snow blower and sooooooo happy to have found this site!! I've definitely found lots of great information, both good and bad, to help educate me on which snow blower I should pickup. My driveway is 5x2 with a slight incline and a bunch of minor bumps/divots. I was looking to purchase the Deluxe 28 but everywhere I've read, if the driveway isn't perfectly smooth, the snow blow will keep trying to turn.

Now I don't have potholes up and down my driveway, but enough to wonder if I should go with the Ariens or go with a different model that doesn't have the auto turn feature. I just don't want to spend ~$1k on something that I'll be looking to sell in a few weeks because I couldn't keep it in a straight line.

Any thoughts/suggestions? Am I just being overly neurotic? Thanks for your help!!

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IF there is an issue, which i havnt had with mine, the few who have had issues got either the Ariens Poly Skid Shoes or Armor Skids and the issue typically went away

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I like the auto-turn and it works great on smooth or reasonably rough surfaces. It is fitted from new with the Ariens plastic skid shoes to minimize damage to paver driveways. A couple of driveways are rough asphalt that should be replaced there is no problem with my machine going straight. I would think the 30 inch bucket would be more susceptible than your proposed 28 inch to rough surfaces. I do over a hundred feet of EOD work and my machine tracks the curbs very well, it does not steer the machine.

The auto-turn keeps both wheels driving while blowing snow so traction is very good and the same as a locked axle. It is easy to turn the machine by just pulling back slightly on the handle bar. Manouvering is also very easy. It is a dream machine, much better than open differentials, locked differentials and the lever operated steering that I have tried. The tires grip snow and ice and ride very smoothly so I have not needed chains.

The Ariens has a very strong engine and a heavy duty chassis and bucket and components. It is very rugged and built to last. I am sure you will like the Deluxe machine as much as I like mine.

Good luck with your choice.

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Thank you sooo much for your feedback. I contacted Ariens as well this afternoon and they recommended I get the poly skids for it just to be safe. Seems crazy to me to spend ~1k for a snowblower but still have to spend another $35 for the shoes.

I definitely think I'm going to pickup the Ariens so thank you for all of your help!
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Sorry, 1 more question. I'm stuck between the Deluxe 28 and the 28SHO. I know the SHO has a more powerful engine but for $100 difference, am I really going to see it?
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Get the SHO, 306cc vs 254c so more power per inch.

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FINALLY!!!! Storm forecast 20inch of heavy snow. I'll get to give my new 28 pro track hydro a real test.I did use it but 6inch here and there. Can't wait to see how that 420cc really works.
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