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Question Ariens vs Simplicity Can You Use Simplicity Chute Control With Mittens?

Hi. I find myself in need of a snowblower. I have narrowed my choice to an Ariens 24 Platinum SHO EFI and a Simplicity Signature Pro 1724.

I am leaning towards the Simplicity mainly because of the chute control. I have neighbors in close proximity and directing the snow is a constant challenge and must be done easily, quickly and on the move. This I learned after using an old Snapper my ex husband left in the garage.

The Simplicity looks great but in the picture on their website the person is wearing thin gloves and the controls do not look suited to heavy mittens.

I am a girl and I like warm hands especially in the temperatures we get here so I must wear thick mittens. Will the controls be effective?

Here's the pic of controls and Thank You

https://www.simplicitymfg.com/na/en_...w-blowers.html

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Welcome to the forum!

With hand warmers on the machine, hopefully that will reduce the need for big, thick gloves. My blower is a different brand, but I've found my hand warmers to do quite nicely. My cold fingers warmed right up when I turned the warmers on (with good gloves), during a cold and windy storm.

From the pictures, I'd be more worried about the trigger controls for steering. It looks like the chute controls may be used with just your thumbs. But you'll also need to be able to use the triggers to unlock a wheel on one side, to make the machine easier to swing around. To squeeze the triggers with mittens, you'd likely have to take all your fingers off the handle, to grab the trigger, vs using 2 fingers for the trigger, and having the rest still on the handle.

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welcome to the site

you may want to add one to look at. a toro Power Max HD 1028 OHXE (model 38841) electic start, heated grips, head lamp 10 hp motor for about the same price of the others. https://www.torodealer.com/en-us/Pag...HXE-38841(Toro)

stick wise i can work mine wearing heavy ski gloves with no problem,the machine turns on it self with one hand using the power steering, 3 year warranty

what ever you buy good luck
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Thank you. I would buy the Toro for the chute control alone but require 24” as there is a long pathway involved. The 24” Toro has a locked axle and I want easy turn like Ariens AutoTurn or Simplicity triggers. I am not strong. I know the 24” SnowMaster has the AutoTurn but I need a real 2 stage.

I would buy the Simplicity 1724 now but looking at the pic with the thin gloves controlling the chute has me worried that chute control will be clumsy with mitts. And it’s a special order so can’t try it.
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Hi. I find myself in need of a snowblower. I have narrowed my choice to an Ariens 24 Platinum SHO EFI and a Simplicity Signature Pro 1724.

I am leaning towards the Simplicity mainly because of the chute control. I have neighbors in close proximity and directing the snow is a constant challenge and must be done easily, quickly and on the move. This I learned after using an old Snapper my ex husband left in the garage.

The Simplicity looks great but in the picture on their website the person is wearing thin gloves and the controls do not look suited to heavy mittens.

I am a girl and I like warm hands especially in the temperatures we get here so I must wear thick mittens. Will the controls be effective?

Here's the pic of controls and Thank You

https://www.simplicitymfg.com/na/en_...w-blowers.html
There will be a limit on anything with gloves.
I can see a problem with overly large gloves being a problem ...you would find yourself looking at the buttons if you couldn't feel them.
Steering might be rough with mittens.
I have a pair rubber insulated gloves made for handling frozen materials.
As a bonus they are long so you can tuck em under your coat.
Sweep off the car windows with em as well



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With handwarmers on the simplicity you shouldn't have to wear thick gloves. How cold does it get where you are?
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I own that Ariens, and I feel that it would be very hard to do better! Everything works well, and it's a beast!
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I have to say that Simplicity PRO with PowerBoost will be hard to beat. Incredible machine and electric shoot control are just so good.
Would not trade my 1728 Simplicity PRO for anything, not even a PRO Rapidtrack that I was looking at.
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Hi. The Simplicity no longer has Power Boost it now has “Velocity Throwing System” I don’t know what that is but mabe a high speed impeller like SHO on Ariens?

Thank you for responses. I realize it has hand warmers but those Electric chute buttons look so small In the pic, it appears thry would be clumsy and inaccurate. I have tried the trigger turn on a Cub Cadet and I have no problem with that.
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