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Do we have any takers to write a topic on the following.

Impeller Kits - Why you may care - How to decide

Basic concepts - tighten up tolerance
How will it affect warranty

Buy one versus make your own
Impeller Kits
Heavy duty rubber options
Mention tire sidewalls

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Skids- Why you may care - How to decide

Considerations when looking at the machine

Front skids - rear skids
Adding front skids if rear skids are already there - and why?

Heavy duty long skids and why ( concrete slab misalignment etc )

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Do we have any takers to write a topic on the following.

Gimmicks versus Genuine usefulness introduction

It's difficult but try to express the spectrum of opinions not just yours
This will be tricky one to get "right"

Furry Dice - obvious example to make the point and add humor and warmth

Hand warmers (Hint: Gloves? DO you need them anyway? High Latitude temps versus Milder USA)
LIghts - None - Led - Regular ( Hint: Just how dark is it? )
Various commonly available differentiators - for each one - pros & cons & bling & gadgets

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Hello First Time Buyers

Do you want to propose a topic that will help or could have helped you or you think may help others?

We don't know what you don't know or didn't know
Sometimes we take for granted that which we have learned and forget that we had to learn it at one time or other

None of us are born intuitively knowing ANYTHING

This is a FAQ for people who may not know - please help us help you
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Buying Options -

Dealer
Big Box
Online

Vendor support differences best avoided or should be evidence based with fact-checking to your best ability
Give it your best shot in good faith. moderators can fix if necessary.. no big deal

Hint
Nip over the border Canada-USA (prices) - Are all dealers REQUIRED to support all purchases from anywhere?
Types of support offered
How close are they
reputations if multiple vendors in your area
Is the dealer multi-vendor or dedicate brand vendor - keeping options open
Assembly who does it you or them -can you trust them - considerations and why it's important to know
List of suppliers to avoid (This may start empty but grow over time - each entry could contain date first noticed as an issue and description of why to avoid - specifics useful or post references
etc

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From a simplistic view, there are 5 major stages in the life-cycle of a system (iterations and agile development is not being discussed here)

1) Concept
2) Design
3) Prototype
4) Development
5) Death

The FAQ is now at stage 3 in the simplistic model

I've designed it in a way that can scale over time and become a great resource
At this point the development is left for the members to choose to jump in or not
If that doesn't happen, then this is also at stage 5

There is an enormous wealth of knowledge on this forum
If you choose to make it coherent and generally available to others everyone wins
Otherwise this was just a cute idea and the same 300 questions will be repeated ad-infinitum

The exact same design could be used to make a parallel FAQ for Maintenance&Repair

At this point my activity will end. Looking to see evidence that we are not already at stage 5

To avoid ambiguity please "like" only if you think the FAQ is/was a good idea ;-)
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Traction - Why you may care - How to decide

Tires vs Tracks

Tracks offer more effective traction which is advantageous on sloped surfaces and/or underlying ice and they have adjustable auger housings that allows operator to "lift" the housing off of the surface - advantageous for gravel surfaces. Downsides of tracked units (versus wheeled machines) are that they can be more difficult to maneuver, are typically more expensive to originally purchase and repair, are more complex to maintain (more moving parts) and there is less of a selection market-wide.

Weight

Weight of the machine can be your friend or foe, depending on the circumstances. For the vast majority of the time, however, more weight will work to your advantage by helping to "push" the unit into/onto the surface you are clearing, giving you better traction. In the number of small instances when the engine fails, your close friend becomes a worthy adversary, so just be aware of that and take it into consideration.

"It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."

2018 Ariens Platinum SHO Track 28

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Traction - Why you may care - How to decide

Tires vs Tracks

Tracks offer more effective traction which is advantageous on sloped surfaces and/or underlying ice and they have adjustable auger housings that allows operator to "lift" the housing off of the surface - advantageous for gravel surfaces. Downsides of tracked units (versus wheeled machines) are that they can be more difficult to maneuver, are typically more expensive to originally purchase and repair, are more complex to maintain (more moving parts) and there is less of a selection market-wide.
That's a great start and that's all we're looking for
Go ahead and post it onto the FAQ please and YOU own that topic forever ;-)
For future reference..
There's no need to propose anything here.. just go straight to FAQ and post it
- Make sense?

However.. if it was on the FAQ already. I or anybody else might offer suggestions here and that's what I'm about to do
I could use 2 strategies
a) Give full text for you to cut-n-paste into your Topic to help you as much as I can
b) Just give some general advice which is the lazier option but still good feedback
So I will go with (b) and say this....


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<link here> (I can't actually link to it because it's not there yet ;-)
How about adding the impact that WEIGHT has on traction?
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and thanks for creating your first Topic
if you come up with a second one.. just post it straight on the FAQ
See how it works? :-)

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Trying to explain better how this works....
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There are 2 threads FAQ and COMMENTS

If you have written a new TOPIC that you think is good enough for the FAQ....just put it on the FAQ ... you're done!
Hint: Remember to add a Title for you TOPIC using advanced editor

If we see your new TOPIC (on the FAQ) and have a suggestion... we can't update it so all we can do is tell you....so we post suggestion on the COMMENTS
You read that...you think it's a good idea so you update your TOPIC on the FAQ ... we're all done
Then rinse and repeat forever as the TOPIC on the FAQ gets better and better



In the real world there will be some niceties and banter... but all we really need are those three things above Let's call this BANTER

So read that again and notice that you do all your posting on the FAQ...... we make suggestions on COMMENTS
The only time you (as a FAQ contributor) do anything on the COMMENTS is to take care of the BANTER or to comment on a different TOPIC you don't own

You may have to read that blue stuff 3 times ;-)
The design is restricted by the forum software - this is the best I can think of :-(
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@paulie139

I understand this double-thread concept is confusing at first and a bit clunky but it's the best thing I could design using this forum software :-(
You''ll get he hang of it real quick once it's become clear
Just teething troubles on a clunky design


#17 Is looking good - Trouble is it's still on the wrong thread ;-)
It's on the DISCUSSION thread but needs to be posted as a new post on the FAQ thread
see my sig to get to that quickly :-)

Can you cut-n-paste it into a new Topic on the FAQ thread please?
(remember to add a title to the post using advanced editing)


And here's another suggestion to show how the feedback DISCUSSION thread works

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Do you know how to inline images (I don't!!)
If not attachments are good enough for now

We could add some bling to your Topic if you were to find two (or 3) images
1) A Tracked machine
2) A wheeled machine
3) Something representing traction via weight... I'm Thinking of a tug-war-team "digging into the ground for traction" With big heavy guys

Caution - we need to be vendor neutral so we need to share the love on images
We don't want them all to look like Honda or Ariens or Toro or Yamaha
Mix it up a bit
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My hope is to make this fun.... not an onerous chore :-)

Once people see how the FAQ shapes up... they may want to join in too! (hence lets get some early bling to give sex-appeal)

Of course, you are not ever expected to react to every suggestion!
It's your Topic so you are the ultimate "Executive Editor" :-)
Perhaps you might just reject an idea and (preferably explain why)
Or thank the suggestor and add it as a good idea for later
Or.. go ahead and do it or something you think is similar but even BETTER
maybe you'd add a video too (probably not in this case)

If we ever get a FAQ rolling for repairs, an obvious idea would be a DonyBoy video
With our explanations & his that would be awesome!!

In this case it would have been faster for me to do the post myself ;-)
But that doesn't scale well and what happens if I get bored
I'm trying to get some shared-ownership and enthusiasm going
This could be really great or fade and die

It's up to US and like-minded people



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