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Can I mount skids facing inwards?

The short version is that I apparently didn't measure one particular stair on the property, and the snowblower is maybe 1/4" from clearing it fully to go up the next step. If I popped the skids off and put new ones on facing inwards, it'd work fine. I mount the skids quite low already (since I'm clearing snow on grass). It doesn't look like the auger would be able to strike them anyway. It's an ST1032 (924056, with the Briggs engine).

Some reason I ought not do this?
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I say if everything clears then go for it.
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Yeah, as mentioned, as long as nothing is hitting or rubbing, I don't see why not.
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Moving the skid shoes to the inside of bucket on my 1974 Canadiana 8/26 worked fine for 30 years with no trouble at all. So I did the same on my 2004 Craftsman 11/30 made by Husqvarna. It cleared fine under normal conditions, but then I got into knarly EOD and the bucket flexed and the augers touched the steel skid shoes. Not a lot of damage but enough for me to change the skid shoes back to outside location.

My Ariens Platinum 30 SHO is a lot stiffer in the bucket and chassis so I doubt there would be enough flexing to cause a problem, but the Ariens plastic skid shoes appear way too big to fit the inside of the bucket. The earlier Ariens may be even stiffer and the skid shoes smaller so you may be OK.

When it works it works well to help stop lifting of the bucket. Good luck.

2015 Ariens Platinum 30 SHO - model 921040
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