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I have a 10000 series ariens that I cleaned up, but it needs new shoes. I have a relatively small asphalt driveway with a cobblestone apron, and a cement paver walk way. My neighbor has a concrete drive in bad shape with wood expansion joints that like to jam the skid plate, and finally moms got a pea gravel driveway. For hers I usually tip the bucket up so I don't shoot rocks onto the lawn.
I planned on armor skids but now considering roller or just stock replacements. Looking for opinions
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If you don't mind what scrape marks you might get from metal the newer stock Ariens skids have plenty of meat, are reversible and I use them on gravel and have no problems. I bought a set of the stock Ariens at HomeDepot for my Troy, photo 1.

If you Google snow blower skids you'll see a slew of ideas and you'll get a lot of recommendations here too. Everything from lawnmower wheels with or without the adjusters but I think for concrete and asphalt especially if you seal coat yearly you might want to go with a plastic (poly, ...) skid either homemade out of a cutting board or "store bought"
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I do seal coat and I did mark it up! Mostly from the tire chains, got x tracks now. Was looking at the plastic ones, I once made a cup holder out of cutting boards for my boat. I'd rather just buy them now. I liked the length of the armor skids to deal with the concrete expansion joints, but read a few reports of plastic ones causing ride-up, and nobody likes ride up!
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I really like the lawnmower wheels but I do think they are a little wide and I'd want to cut them down to something like 1/2" or so for that very reason. Want them to walk on the drive and not ride up on the snow.

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I do seal coat and I did mark it up! Mostly from the tire chains, got x tracks now. Was looking at the plastic ones, I once made a cup holder out of cutting boards for my boat. I'd rather just buy them now. I liked the length of the armor skids to deal with the concrete expansion joints, but read a few reports of plastic ones causing ride-up, and nobody likes ride up!
How are plastic skids different that they would cause ride up as opposed to metal skids? I've made my own HDPE skids and no problems.

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I have no idea Micah! I'm think I'll get these



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for me at a little under 10 bucks a piece for the oem ariens part they work fine and are reversible. cant beat that
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I've made my own HDPE skids and no problems.
Sounds like you used them last season?? No ride up for you?
How about posting a picture of them?

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I used micah skids also last winter with no problems
I also used armor skids, been using them for a couple winters

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Sounds like you used them last season?? No ride up for you?
How about posting a picture of them?
Made these myself. Used 'em last winter and no problems. They're on my Toro 5/21. I'm going to make a set for my Ariens 7/24 as well.

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