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post #1 of 12 Old 11-06-2014, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Add weight to the front?

After comparing my new Ariens to my old blower it seems the new Ariens is a little lighter in the front even thought the overall new machine is heaver.

My old machine would ride up the snow a little at times, not a big deal in anyway, mostly because I'm trying to go to fast.

I see Ariens does have an option to add #10 to the front, I would assume you may want that if you had a cab.

Have anyone you added some weight to the front and did it make any difference?
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I added 20 pounds of barbell weights (one pair) to the front of my 5 hp dual stage Craftsman, and it made a big difference in keeping the front end down. Sorry this site will not let me post pictures....
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I just made my own front weight kit using some 3"x23"x3/4" Hot Rolled Steel purchased from Metal Supermarket for $15. It comes out to a little over 15lbs vs Ariens 10lb kit that sells for $100. I also painted it with some black tremclad rust paint and used stainless steel hardware (2 - 5/16 x 1.5" bolts, 4 - washers, 2 - lock washers and 2 - nuts) from Home Depot.

Im using a Sno-Tek 24"
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I am a COB and poured a lead bar that came out about 18lbs for my 28 Deluxe and painted it using Chevy orange engine paint.
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Axle position makes a difference in balance of machines.
I think I read somewhere as recommended 10lbs for 24" and under and 20lbs for 28" and up
I wasn't purchasing one let alone two of the Ariens weight bar kits.
Did it make a difference well in my mind it did and I have no cab.
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I am a COB and poured a lead bar that came out about 18lbs for my 28 Deluxe and painted it using Chevy orange engine paint.
My but ain't that a purty machine. You did a nice job with the weight.

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My but ain't that a purty machine. You did a nice job with the weight.
Thank you.
I am satisfied with the way it turned out and over joyed with the cost savings.
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Blended it in so nicely it took me a triple take to actually notice it. Looks real nice

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I just made my own front weight kit using some 3"x23"x3/4" Hot Rolled Steel purchased from Metal Supermarket for $15. It comes out to a little over 15lbs vs Ariens 10lb kit that sells for $100. I also painted it with some black tremclad rust paint and used stainless steel hardware (2 - 5/16 x 1.5" bolts, 4 - washers, 2 - lock washers and 2 - nuts) from Home Depot.

Im using a Sno-Tek 24"
Image.. I ended up putting it on the top/outside
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Nice set up Gsrel and I might emulate exactly what you did but I would like a report from you when in use in hard to push through snow if you might.
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