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Moving Ariens tracks model while off

I'm considering an Ariens Deluxe or Pro track machine but only if I can move it around while off. Is there any way to do it? (other than putting it on a moving dolly?) The "differential lock" doesn't allow it to free-wheel right?

The other major track brands all now support this:

Honda: handle levers
Husqvarna: freewheel control near the bottom of the frame
Ariens: ??? Nothing?
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I went to the Ariens site and found just the 24 Track. Are the others, hydro track & pro track discontinued?

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I went to the Ariens site and found just the 24 Track. Are the others, hydro track & pro track discontinued?
They're on there.

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Sweet, get the Hydro Pro Track!!!

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Sweet, get the Hydro Pro Track!!!
I might! But only if I can figure out whether I can push it around the garage easily when off.
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According to this post, there's a lever to disengage the tracks.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/807697-post25.html
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The ariens hydro has one slightly annoying feature which is that to move it with the engine off will require bending down to engage and dis engage a lever that couples the transmisson to the drive wheels

EDIT: I finally found the answer is the manual. The Hydro Pro 28 Track model seems to have a "Transmission Bypass Rod" on the back down on the left side. It can be removed "to move the unit short distances with the engine stopped".

Interestingly, the manual says the rod must be pushed back in before starting the machine or you can damage the tranmission. Gack.

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While I found the answer for the hydro pro, I still don't know about the Platinum. I'm looking at the owners manual and it doesn't mention anything about a transmission bypass.

Are there any owners of the Platinum Track 28 out there? Can you get the machine to move while off?
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I'm pretty surprised they don't make it very easy to bypass and then not do any damage to it while in bypass? That's just crazy if that's the case....... gotta think they would have designed an easy way to deal with a machine that's not running...... preferably with gloves on. Most machines in the past had a lever you could step on..... :>/




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I finally found an Ariens Hydro Pro 28 track in stock, and drove 1+ hours to go see it. I was excited like a kid at Christmas and was ready to buy.

I left disappointed.

This thing is heavy. And difficult to move around when off. I didn't get to run it so I don't know what it's like to drive for real. But standing behind it, lifting it up and down, and trying to move it around the store while off.... wow. I just kept thinking, geez do I really want to deal with this? I would fiddle with the platinum 24 and 30 and think wow these are so much more nimble.

I was still ready to buy, but I decided to check out the Hondas one more time before making my decision. I put my hands on a 928 and it was a night and day difference. It's more compact , lighter, and far easier to move around while off. It seems the Honda tracks are fundamentally superior to the Ariens in almost every way.
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I finally found an Ariens Hydro Pro 28 track in stock, and drove 1+ hours to go see it. I was excited like a kid at Christmas and was ready to buy.

I left disappointed.

This thing is heavy. And difficult to move around when off. I didn't get to run it so I don't know what it's like to drive for real. But standing behind it, lifting it up and down, and trying to move it around the store while off.... wow. I just kept thinking, geez do I really want to deal with this? I would fiddle with the platinum 24 and 30 and think wow these are so much more nimble.

I was still ready to buy, but I decided to check out the Hondas one more time before making my decision. I put my hands on a 928 and it was a night and day difference. It's more compact , lighter, and far easier to move around while off. It seems the Honda tracks are fundamentally superior to the Ariens in almost every way.
The Honda's are amazing machines. I think that either the 928 or 1332 would serve you well. I have watched lots of video on the web of these machines and they can really throw. If there is video of these machines clogging under wet heavy snow then lets see them and present them to [email protected] for his analysis.

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