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ARMORskids Road Test

Finally had a chance to road test the ARMORskids that I received from Bob in Jan. We got whacked pretty good with the white stuff and I really didnít want to go out and play because the air temp was -25C and the wind chill value was bouncing around -35. Needless to say, bit the bullet and out I went. I installed the skids using the Huskyís optional poly skids (unmodified) as spacers and with the runner portion of the ARMORskids facing in. This config is depicted at the bottom of this page on Bobís site:

Husqvarna ST330P | Snow Blower Skids

The shave plate has about 3/8 inch clearance, which is more than the 1/8 to 1/4 inch I typically run with. Iíd need to shave some off the poly shoes to get the shave plate closer to the ground. Nevertheless, 3/8 inch was going to be just fine for a road test. And fine it was! Maneuvering the big Husky around with the ARMORskids installed was considerably easier than with the OE metal skids Ė no hang ups whatsoever. Asphalt and turf, the Huskyís steering comes alive and is so much more responsive with the new shoes. I like em! I had to quit liking them after about an hour though cuz I was turning into a popsicle!

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Iv'e always heard good things about Armor Skids.

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In addition, if you have any cracks or bumps or heaved sidewalks, these skids glide over them and save your bucket and to a lesser extent your scrapper bar!

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In addition, if you have any cracks or bumps or heaved sidewalks, these skids glide over them and save your bucket and to a lesser extent your scrapper bar!
They also save your back and avoid the full stop gut punch from the handlebar when you are moving along at a brisk pace and hit those bad sidewalk seams. I know some of you out there must have experienced this.
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I had armor skids on my 826 toro ( sold ) and loved them, I also have them on both of my 521's

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Finally had a chance to road test the ARMORskids that I received from Bob in Jan. We got whacked pretty good with the white stuff and I really didnít want to go out and play because the air temp was -25C and the wind chill value was bouncing around -35. Needless to say, bit the bullet and out I went. I installed the skids using the Huskyís optional poly skids (unmodified) as spacers and with the runner portion of the ARMORskids facing in. This config is depicted at the bottom of this page on Bobís site:

Husqvarna ST330P | Snow Blower Skids

The shave plate has about 3/8 inch clearance, which is more than the 1/8 to 1/4 inch I typically run with. Iíd need to shave some off the poly shoes to get the shave plate closer to the ground. Nevertheless, 3/8 inch was going to be just fine for a road test. And fine it was! Maneuvering the big Husky around with the ARMORskids installed was considerably easier than with the OE metal skids Ė no hang ups whatsoever. Asphalt and turf, the Huskyís steering comes alive and is so much more responsive with the new shoes. I like em! I had to quit liking them after about an hour though cuz I was turning into a popsicle!
2nd road test and had to contend with some piles of packed snow. Piles had been accumulating over a three week period. Unsurprisingly, the ARMORskids tend to ski up the packed stuff at the bottom of the pile making it tougher to dig in as easily as with the OE metal skids. I'd originally installed the ARMORskids with the wide tip fwd so I flipped the skids to present the skinny tip to the pointy end. I didn't make much of a difference. I'm not too worried about it. An acceptable trade-off for the otherwise improved maneuverability and the way these things work in fresh snow.

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Front bucket riding up on. EOD is a common problem with wheeled machines.

Do you have a front weight kit? This helped me on my older Ariens - not sure if it’s something Husqvarna offers OEM but you could always use flat bar steel and a drill.

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Iv'e always heard good things about Armor Skids.
None better IMHO.

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2nd road test and had to contend with some piles of packed snow. Piles had been accumulating over a three week period. Unsurprisingly, the ARMORskids tend to ski up the packed stuff at the bottom of the pile making it tougher to dig in as easily as with the OE metal skids. I'd originally installed the ARMORskids with the wide tip fwd so I flipped the skids to present the skinny tip to the pointy end. I didn't make much of a difference. I'm not too worried about it. An acceptable trade-off for the otherwise improved maneuverability and the way these things work in fresh snow.
I have the ARMORskids on my Ariens 924086 below, I just added 20lbs to the top of the bucket for EOD snow, they are removable and transferrable to my Craftsman.
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I put the thicker version of ArmorSkids and (2) 10# weight kits on my Ariens HydroPro 28"

In my opinion they both should come stock on snowblowers!

2015 Ariens Hydro Pro 28" w/ B&S 420cc
w/(2) 10# weight kits and ArmorSkids

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