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post #11 of 18 Old 02-20-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Swenny, Thanks for being a Gentleman, I came down hard with my criticism about your snowblower in my initial response then I edited my response.

You buy a snowblower width on the area you need to clear. If you decide to go for a 24" width, many have a 5hp 212cc engine, consider going larger 7hp-8hp, 250cc; same for a 26" width, go larger. It will handle the deeper snows better but more importantly the wet snows better, and do it faster.
For sure. Seems like almost all the 22s or 24s are the 208 or 212cc engine. Tough to find the smaller widths with a larger engine.


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That thing just shouldn't be sold in Minnesota or anyplace this far north. It's just not made to handle what we get.

So 'Frog.....what are you saying? Is this the kind of snowblower that should only be sold to folks that live in Alabama?
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Or maybe 500 miles south like Kansas City or that latitude IMHO. I lived in KC and they just don't get much for a snow. This machine would do nicely there and on the rare heavy snow you just work it a bit harder and or take smaller cuts.
Where I live having only one speed would either drive me nuts going too slow if the snow is light or too fast and bogging down constantly on the heavy stuff. And we all agree I'm way too nuts already so I don't need the added nuts ness.
Seldom is the snow just right for a single speed machine. It's just my 2 cents but I'd actually rather have a SS with no self propulsion than this machine. At least with a SS you can feed it into the snow at a rate it can handle and have some control.
Plus that dinky, looks like plastic differential that they call a transmission makes me nervous just looking at it.

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....Plus that dinky, looks like plastic differential that they call a transmission makes me nervous just looking at it.

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Yeah....gotta agree with you there.......That thing looks more like part of an old record player than it does as part of a snowblower......
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They're out there. My 24 has a "10hp" 318cc OHV. It can fit in our modest garage, but is still powerful.

Ariens' SHO models are their current high-power machines. The SHO 24" has a 369cc engine

https://www.ariens.com/en-us/snow-pr...latinum-24-sho

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I replaced the bucket on my ST1236 Ariens with a 24 inch clamshell from a 1976 twinstick. Lots of snap...full impeller kit and tall chute and ST824 axles. Next stop, speeding up the impeller with a half inch bigger engine pulley.
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Dang, that's pretty awesome I'll bet it takes a lot to slow that down!

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Red....It's still in the testing phase.......we've only had 2 inches of wet snow so far....it handled that fine though. I didn't like the way the cable mounted deflector worked....either I'm going to have to adjust it so it will throw higher, or change to a manual.
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