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post #1 of 13 Old 01-13-2018, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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ARMORskids question

I am thinking of purchasing the ARMORskids skid shoes for my New Ariens Hydro Pro 28"

Anybody using them on an Ariens Hydro Pro?

If so did you need to use spacers?

If you used spacers were the OEM bolts long enough?

Your input is appreciated.

https://www.snowblowersdirect.com/Ar...wer/p8622.html (my snowblower, bought from Boston Lawnmower)

Snowblower Skids For Sidewalks and Gravel Drives The Skid Show Company. I believe the ASE0310-B is the correct size.
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I have not used ArmorSkids but have heard good things about them. Additionally the owner will guide you through exactly what you need for your application when you order through the company website. I have an asphalt drive with some pavers at the apron and for me Ariens poly skids worked well. From what I have read, ArmorSkids are better for gravel.

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Northframingham, I don't have a hydro but I do have an Ariens 924 - ST1028, probably very similar in size as yours. I have ArmorSkids on 2 of my snowblowers including the Ariens 924. I like them a lot and that's why I got another pair. Concerning spacers, your present skid bolts are probably 3 1/2 inches apart (center to center) like mine. ArmorSkid spacers, as far as I know, only come in the 3 inch size or smaller. They may make a bigger version commercially, but I don't know. So I have large fender washers on there now. You could take your old Ariens metal shoe and cut the bottom off - to make your own custom spacer - it should work fine. By the way, I got my second pair of ArmorSkids at Home Depot for $39.00 plus tax and free shipping to store for pick up. The best feature I like about them is that you glide over any cracks/bumps (neighbors sidewalks) and it spares your bucket from those hits. The small detail that I don't like is both my snowblowers tend to ride up on that EOD snow pile left by the snowplows. I can live with that and I plan to put some weights on the bucket to hopefully counteract that. Great product and very well made. Easy to install. Hardest part of the job is taking off your old ones!
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The bolt spacing on my 2018 Ariens Pro Hydro 28, as well as my 2015 Ariens Platinum 24 SHO, is 3" and while I didn't need spacers I did add one to each side on the Pro Hydro, just to add a little strength. For my 24 SHO I needed two spacers on each side to clear the auger housing.


In my experience the stock Ariens Skid Shoe bolts are long enough to use with two spacers (on each side) and the Armor Skids............

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While I don't have an Ariens my lowly Troy Bilt has a set of Armor Skids. I did not need any spacers and they work great with my hilly, uneven stone driveway. The site should tell you whether you need the spacers or not. They were very helpful to me. For me these were a great addition to the snow blower.

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I have been running Armor Skids on my Ariens Compact 24 for the last 5 years, I have not worn them down yet and with my positive experience with these skids I would never own and run any 2 stage snow blower without Armor Skids, these things solve many problems and protect the front and sides of your machine as well.

The c/c bolt spacing on my Ariens 24 is 3'', therefore I removed the Ariens factory shoes and bolted these right in place, a 2 minute job each side and a perfect fit. The Armor Skids site should supply you easily with all the info you may require for your machine, as well you can always send Bob an e-mail with any additional questions you may have. These Armor Skids are extremely well made and rock solid.

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I purchase these mainly for my uneven driveway but they also work great if you have to clear snow off your yard. I have a finicky dog so I always clear a nice size spot for him to do his business.

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You can't beat Armor Skids. They are everything "all other skids ever want to grow up to be"!

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I recently installed ArmorSkids on my 2018 Ariens Platinum SHO Track 28. It DID require spacers and the OEM bolts worked fine. They're great!

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

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Armorskids for Craftsman Blower

Just installed Armorskids on my Craftsman Model 247.88190


They will be good for gravel driveway, here in mtns. of Colo.
Skids are NOT junk ..... they are well designed, professionally(USA) fabricated & exact fit for my machine.
I give a 5 Star rating for Bob Sayre & his armorskid company.
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