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Skids for an Ariens Deluxe-30 and others

What info would you need for me to order a set of skids for a 5-8 year old Deluxe-30? Also, do you make skids for 90s vintage John Deere TRS-27 models?
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Normally your distance between the bolts on original skids and maybe ask this guy?

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Just ordered a set of ARMORSKIDS for my new Ariens Deluxe 24. I have a few rough spots on my Driveway and Walkways that I know will beat the Machine using the standard Shoes. The longer Ski Tip design to gradually get you over high spots without ramming into them seemed very innovative to me, and they appear to be quite sturdy. Don't know if these will affect the Easy Turn feature, I don't see how they would? If anyone has had experience with these Shoes I would appreciate any input. ( never thought I would be looking forward to a major Snowstorm, but I can't wait to use my new Machine! )
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If anyone has had experience with these Shoes I would appreciate any input.
I got a new Ariens 24 SHO last fall and swapped out the stock
skids for ArmorSkids in order to deal with a rough driveway.

They helped with the roughness but caused me major problems
when dealing with drifts. They want to climb 'em.

At one point I was stuck so bad that I thought I would have to
get a shovel and clear a path for my blower and it was at
that time I decided on two things, chains & Ariens Poly
Skids, which made a world of difference for my needs.

For rough areas, the ArmorSkids will help smooth things out and
shouldn't cause any issues for the Auto Turn. They didn't in my case.
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Thanks for the input. Hadn't considered the Skid design would lend to the Machine wanting to climb Drifts. Was there an Icy Layer that would cause this? I can't imagine that the weight of the Machine and the Auger chewing at the Snow wouldn't keep Skids grounded? Other Posts I've read say the Armorskids also made it easy to go off the hard Surfaces to clear Areas for Pets to do their business. Anyway, I asked if others here would share experiences and I thank you for yours. If I run into similar results maybe my dealer would take the new Ariens Skids towards a set of the Polypropylene ones?
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No ice coating, just drifts that were about 6 hours old.

This photo should illustrate what I think the problem was.
The ArmorSkids extend past the front of the auger housing so
the sides of the housing don't get a chance to cut into the
snow and bring the auger into play.

At the time I had already installed 10 lb's of weight on the housing.

Now, with the shorter poly skids, the edges of the housing
can cut into the drifts and let the auger work the snow.

When I was stuck the ArmorSkids were at least 1 foot off of the
ground, on more than one occasion, and it was only after the
weight of the machine broke through that I was able to get
any forward momentum, after backing up some.



Below you will see our main driveway, which is where I got stuck. As you can see it's
exposed to the wind. The first photo (above) shows our pole barn driveway and even with the
ArmorSkids I have cleared snow from that drive that was slightly higher than my auger
housing. Even those were drifts, just not exposed to the wind enough to pack them down.

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knu2xs -

thanks for the read. I recall some other postings on the AS riding up on drifts.
Hesitant to ~checkout~ due to this.
This clearly explained in detail what some of the issues were presented by going with the AS
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knu2xs -

thanks for the read. I recall some other postings on the AS riding up on drifts.
Hesitant to ~checkout~ due to this.
This clearly explained in detail what some of the issues were presented by going with the AS
You're welcome & thanks for the feedback.

I was afraid of coming off as bashing the ArmorSkids, which wasn't my intention.....

ArmorSkids reminds me of canoe designs, some are designed with lots of rocker
(curvature of the hull) for easy turning, others with straight keel lines for good
tracking (going in a straight line.) Most canoe designs are a compromise
between the two, doing both, but neither well.

ArmorSkids do what they are designed to do extremely well, which is dealing
with rough surfaces, and, as a result, sacrifice other capabilities in the process.

I would also like to add that ArmorSkids are well made. When I removed mine I found
that they barely showed any wear, but, then again I probably used them only 8-10 times.
In comparison, my stock, Ariens, steel skid shoes looked "rough" after only being used once.
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Last year I used both the stock metal skids and the armor skids , never found a " One shoe that does it all" for my needs. The armor skids work great for rough areas of the gravel road and my driveway that includes making parking space on the lawn. Also to keep the plow truck from making ruts on unfrozen lawn along the road , I start with them raised up high , make a relatively flat and frozen base to work from. Lower them down gradually when I can ( 1 1/2" to 1/2" ) until I tell the guy in the pickup plowing that " Ok , the soft stuff is froze up and you can push the banks back that extra two - three feet when you plow" . By then I can switch to the stock metal skids and they work ok. The fenced in area for the dog gets the same , Long skids for the uneven and unfrozen lawn and kept as thin and flat as I can. Frozen and the stock skids work ok.
Both skids are wide and curved like skis , and act like them in packed snow.
Maybe by next winter ( not likely for this coming one ) I'll make a set of skids from that hard plastic stuff as long as the armor skids . I bet that if I use 1/2" thick and two on each side to start I might be good for early season and then just use one on each side after things freeze up and not worry so much about climbing when I hit the hard packed snow.

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