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For all owners of 24" platinum show or equivalent, please help!

I want to pull the trigger on one of these beast. Surfaces I will be using on, paved driveway and town side walk, a bit bumpy and uphill, but pretty level. I assume I shouldn't have issue with auto turn? And this gas cap ordeal, I read I can remove the strainer for easier to put it back on? I don't wanna strip it out because the other thing I read was its an absolute gas hog with a small tank which is a big downfall. So I will be filling it up every time I use it. Anyone have an estimate run time on a full tank?

I also see a guy had a stalling issue out of the box. He blamed bad gas. Anyone else have any other issues I should know about before dropping 1500$? No doubt I wanna make a purchase and have no worry for the next 10 years of use.

I did purchase a 24" cub 3x. Then cancelled the order after reading it blows through sheer pins on the center auger, absolute terrible design. So now I'm not messing around with my purchase. Thanks for reading.
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I'm on my second season with my Platinum 24SHO and have
no complaints, although a larger gas tank would be a big plus.

Based on the description of your driveway and walks (other thread) you have it made.
Below you will see a pic showing our main drive, which goes almost all the way down to the
yellow house in the background. The part of our "top area," not shown, has about the same
pavement as you described with enough room, elsewhere, to park another dozen cars.

My SHO handles it with ease, except when large, hard,
wind-packed drifts are involved, hence the chains.



On top of that I have a secondary driveway that until you get
to the top is essentially a "two-track," just like you would
find going through the woods (center hump.) Once up to the
top it has a large open area where 25-30 cars could be parked.

Cut off to pole barn driveway............



I've never timed how long I can run on a tank of gas due to the variables involved,
which change from session to session. Sometimes it's drifting, sometimes not.
Also, because I can be so far from my gas, which is kept in the garage, I just refill
prior to heading to certain areas and have yet to run out of gas. I noticed that this year
it seems to be using less gas, but that could be due to the conditions I've dealt with so far.

I don't even know if my gas tank came with one of those filter screens,
if it did I took it out prior to using it for the first time.

Earlier I said that you had it made, where I have it made is that I have
unlimited room to toss snow and the SHO definitely tosses snow.
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Have you had any gripe with auto turn? Any tips on how to avoid that engagement while wanting to go straight
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Have you had any gripe with auto turn? Any tips on how to avoid that engagement while wanting to go straight
I've used mine with the stock skid shoes, Ariens poly skid shoes and
two types of ArmorSkids and have had no problems with AutoTurn.

I did have a little "wandering," very little, but nothing like I expected
considering the conditions I have to deal with. For years we were plowed
out and it created a drop off from the lawn to the driveway in many places.
While blowing one of my skids can be 4-6" higher than the other when
doing the edges, that's when I experienced a little "wandering."

On our main drive I have that step up to the lawn on one side and on the
other I drop off into a cultivated field. I found that the chains has made the
AutoTurn become a total non issue, even when I drop off into the field.

The bottom line is that I like "my" AutoTurn........
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Sadly I don't deal with Arien's new enough to really experience this "Auto-Turn" thing I keep reading about? What did they upgrade the differential and it just turns on sometimes? Honestly I use snowblowers from Ariens that are 30 to over 50 years old and they run great so I figure a new Platinum has to be a beast.

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Good point on grassy side of driveway. I like to clear a few feet of driveway so one wheel will be in the lawn and one on the driveway when I do the edges. Is it gonna be a mofo to get it to go straight? And I have 2 cars to get close/go around while cleaning up. Don't want it to wiggle into one while getting close to them
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I want to pull the trigger on one of these beast. Surfaces I will be using on, paved driveway and town side walk, a bit bumpy and uphill, but pretty level. I assume I shouldn't have issue with auto turn?

AutoTurn is at its best on smoother surfaces. A better experience will be had by fitting poly skids ($30).

Take a picture of your driveway surface for us if you have a genuine concern.


And this gas cap ordeal, I read I can remove the strainer for easier to put it back on? I don't wanna strip it out because the other thing I read was its an absolute gas hog with a small tank which is a big downfall. So I will be filling it up every time I use it. Anyone have an estimate run time on a full tank?

I'm not having issues with the gas cap, but I have less than 1 hr of experience with mine. I think actual run times are going to be shorter than most of us would hope for. It seems like the 369cc engine is going to be thirsty, but that may be improve once the engine has some hours on it.

I guess I'm going to remove that strainer...it makes it essentially impossible to see how much gasoline is in the tank.

I also see a guy had a stalling issue out of the box. He blamed bad gas. Anyone else have any other issues I should know about before dropping 1500$? No doubt I wanna make a purchase and have no worry for the next 10 years of use.
Myself and one other guy had stalling issues from brand new. I don't know how old the gasoline was the dealer used, and then it's been sitting for a couple of months in my basement. As I noted in my write-up, I added a quart of TruFuel and it seems like it sucked it dry in about 15 or 20 minutes. So, perhaps the run time with a full tank will be ~ 45 mins.

FWIW, my other two Ariens have similar screens in the fill throat. They haven't been problematic but I fill far beyond the indicated "full" level.

The four key elements of smooth running with AutoTurn are:

  • proper alignment of bucket to tractor
  • correct tire pressure
  • scraper bar not set too low
  • Use of poly skids or ArmorSkids

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Is it gonna be a mofo to get it to go straight? And I have 2 cars to get close/go around while cleaning up. Don't want it to wiggle into one while getting close to them
My wandering, prior to the chains, was minor, but, your mileage may vary.
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I put ArmorSkids on and have no problems with AutoTurn


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In defense of Arien's AutoTurn, it changes the scope of who can run the machine.There’s no arm-wrestling with this 250 lb chunk o’ steel should your wife or teenager need to cover for in your absence, or they take up a liking of being out in the wild, in the midst of that big storm!! The machine turns effortlessly. My wife could never have managed my old locked axle MTD machine.

With electric start and AutoTurn, Ariens delivers a game changer…assuming they remember to turn off the choke and don’t run over things
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