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post #1 of 14 Old 09-22-2019, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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My first snowblower.

I pulled the trigger and got me an Ariens Platinum 24 SHO. It's suppose to be a nasty winter this year. So I decided to hit it head on. So this is my first snowblower. Any tips or advice for a newbie?
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Hello and welcome to SBF.Congratulations on the new machine.
Read your owners manual. Did you purchase online or from a dealer or big box store?

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Just a reminder that if the snowblower does clog and stop, use the provided tool to clean out the chute. Do not use your hands to clear a clog. The belts still have tension on them (kinetic energy) and the impeller will move, cutting your fingers. Use the clog tool or a broomstick.

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Hello and welcome to SBF.Congratulations on the new machine.
Read your owners manual. Did you purchase online or from a dealer or big box store?
Thanks, I bought it through snowblowersdirect.com. I am planning on reading the owners manual along with browsing through the service manual.
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Just a reminder that if the snowblower does clog and stop, use the provided tool to clean out the chute. Do not use your hands to clear a clog. The belts still have tension on them (kinetic energy) and the impeller will move, cutting your fingers. Use the clog tool or a broomstick.
Figured that much. Thanks.
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Another bit advise, make sure its set up properly, since you have to assemble. Especially the shoes and scrapper bar.




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The Ariens Platinum 24 SHO is an excellent choice.

Make sure your fuel is fresh and add a stabilizer such as Sta-Bil or Star Tron. Better yet, use ethanol-free fuel: https://www.pure-gas.org
Using good fuel goes a long way toward reliable future starting and performance.

At the end of the season, shut off your fuel line and let the engine die out. Then drain the remaining fuel from the carb bowl (there should be a drain screw on the outside edge of the carb bowl).

Remove your tires and apply a good coating of anti-seize lubricant to the axle shaft. I'd do that now and before the start of each snow season.

Assuming you're on concrete or asphalt, I recommend polyethylene skid shoes over the standard metal shoes for improved maneuverability.

As others said, follow the maintenance and safety measures in the Operator's Manual to the letter and you should enjoy many years of service.
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The Ariens Platinum 24 SHO is an excellent choice.

Make sure your fuel is fresh and add a stabilizer such as Sta-Bil or Star Tron. Better yet, use ethanol-free fuel: https://www.pure-gas.org
Using good fuel goes a long way toward reliable future starting and performance.


At the end of the season, shut off your fuel line and let the engine die out. Then drain the remaining fuel from the carb bowl (there should be a drain screw on the outside edge of the carb bowl).

Remove your tires and apply a good coating of anti-seize lubricant to the axle shaft. I'd do that now and before the start of each snow season.

Assuming you're on concrete or asphalt, I recommend polyethylene skid shoes over the standard metal shoes for improved maneuverability.

As others said, follow the maintenance and safety measures in the Operator's Manual to the letter and you should enjoy many years of service.
Thanks for the excellent advise. I always use non-ethenol fuel and drain out all the full in my other small engines and use a fuel stabilizer on my final run out. The anti-seize is a good idea, I'll have to include that in my maintenance schedule. 3/5s of my drive is gravel so I've been looking at the Armour Skids or the Ariens poly-skids.
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Another bit advise, make sure its set up properly, since you have to assemble. Especially the shoes and scrapper bar.

I used a 3/4 piece of wood set the shoes since part of my drive is gravel.
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I went with the poly Ariens skids. One negitive factor is the steel skids get scraped and then they rust. If they sit on a garage floor, they leave rust marks. For me, the poly skids work (much) better.

Congrats on your new blower, I have a 24" Deluxe, Platinum and went with the 24" to save space in the garage. Easier to maneuver as well. Good choice, your going to be well pleased!

Side note;
I noticed that there are some aftermarket poly skids being offered on Amazon. Cheaper than Ariens and rated 5 stars. May try a pair at my next replacment.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078JF1V19..._2xrIDb019M1SJ

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