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Drift Cutters. Do they make a difference?

I'm talking about those slicer bars that extend a few feet above the bucket. I never had them and just wonder if they actually make a difference when going through deep snow.
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they do work well after the first pass through deep snow/drifts.

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I have some on one of my snowblowers (Husqvarna) but I'd rather not use them. I find that they create a risk of damage if passing near a vehicle or a wall of the house.

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In heavy snow areas, they work well, and I regard them as pretty much mandatory. (Heck, even the county here has them on thier heavy truck blowers that are already at least 6 feet tall . . .).

I have never felt any risk, since (at leastthe ones I have owned) do not extend any wider than the blower itself, so that hitting something would likely impact the skids first, not the cuttters.

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I added them to my machine in our record-breaking winter. They tilt far enough forward that they don't stick up as high as I expected. So they don't add all that much clearing height.

I should have skipped them, I don't think I've used them since. Oh well. At least the Ariens ones swing back and stow nicely next to the bucket, without really being a hindrance. So they're at least available, if suddenly needed.

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I'm talking about those slicer bars that extend a few feet above the bucket. I never had them and just wonder if they actually make a difference when going through deep snow.
I'd say yes.
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I have some on one of my snowblowers (Husqvarna) but I'd rather not use them. I find that they create a risk of damage if passing near a vehicle or a wall of the house.

Claude.

As Toofastforyou said you do have to be careful of Headlights,taillights and sides of cars but once you get use to them it is like knowing the width of your snowblower....you just know it. You know to stop sooner when heading straight towards the car or under a mirror. You sometimes still catch the edge of a Yew bush on edge of walk around back of house but usually you judge it right...ha-ha.


Awesome in deep snow!!!! AS others have said especially at high snowbanks at bottom of driveway and by mailbox...
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They only help if the snow is deep enough. Then they slice the snow and the angle bend pushes the drift down in front of the auger before the drift lands on your engine and gas tank. Without them, you are truing to tunnel under the snow you are going to have snow all over the blower

I took them off mine as I have not seen enough to need them in 11 years with this machine.

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I added them to my machine in our record-breaking winter. They tilt far enough forward that they don't stick up as high as I expected. So they don't add all that much clearing height.

I should have skipped them, I don't think I've used them since. Oh well. At least the Ariens ones swing back and stow nicely next to the bucket, without really being a hindrance. So they're at least available, if suddenly needed.

I agree - the Ariens ones are a disappointment, since they mount at too shallow of an angle. I just measured mine - they are 19" long, yet only rise 4 1/4" above the top of the bucket - not enough to make much of a difference. Drift cutters can work well, though. I had a set that I made myself for my old Craftsman that worked great - wish I had kept them. I may have to go that route again with my Ariens, since our snow depth has now reached the point where drift cutters are almost a necessity and the factory ones are just not high enough.

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