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Yes, feedback from others here in the forum convinced me to give the poly skids/shoes a try. I also took advice from those who highly recommended that I NOT purchase the newer designed skids that use a metal bracket for mounting.

So I went to one of my favorite places, Ebay and found just what I was looking for and ordered a pair. The next day, I thought I should double my order because the older design would be very difficult to find in the future. So I doubled the order. And sure enough within a couple of days, both orders arrived. Yes.......one older model of skids and one new model. The new model is going to be returned.

I still believe that I should have a spare for that time in the future....if I am still around.... to replace a worn out pair. Next stop.....Home Depot! And sure enough, I seem to be able to find some remaining in some stores BUT NOT MANY! I intend to purchase my backup pair sometime today.

So my suggestion to those who have considered poly shoes...........take look at the so called newer/improved/must be better design. When you see much was compromised leading to what I think is an inferior design, act quickly if you want to get the older designed product Model# 72600300! And if ordering online, I suggest DO NOT just look at the picture, concentrate on the model number. The model I suggest to avoid is Model# 72603100.

Yesterday I did install the preferred pair and had a chance to use my snowblower. I think the poly shoes do indeed help.
 

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I guess I missed the thread about the problems with the newer poly skids vs the older poly skids. Just what is the issue with the updated skids?
 

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Looks like Stens has a replacement skid that looks like the older OEM. Stens 780-286 Replacement Skid Shoe for Ariens .
 

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Poly skids definitely help tame Auto-Turn. No doubt about it.
 

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I guess I missed the thread about the problems with the newer poly skids vs the older poly skids. Just what is the issue with the updated skids?
I missed that thread too, do you have a link?

I can only see the all plastic version here in Canada. Both part numbers appear to show the all plastic version that I have. I tried the Ariens stock metal skid shoes this year and they have a lot of friction compared to plastic shoes and do affect the auto turn.
 

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This is the two piece poly skid shoe. 72603100 is the Ariens part number The metal plate you see is placed inside the poly piece and then bolted in. It's a true 2 piece unit.
 

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Here is the Stens 780-286 which looks identical to the 72600300 Ariens. This is a one piece all poly design.
 

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Here is a good picture of the newer skid from the Ariens site. The metal insert is clearly visible.
 

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Here is a good picture of the newer skid from the Ariens site. The metal insert is clearly visible.
And notice from Zavie's picture the thickness of the skid that will ride against the ground surface. As that skid's thickness diminishes its structure will weaken where as the original device's will remain as strong as ever.

It may matter not because the original design seems to be limited only to unsold, very scarce pieces
 

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Here is the Stens 780-286 which looks identical to the 72600300 Ariens. This is a one piece all poly design.
HEY ZAVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!! I found these to be available whereas those from Ariens are not. Just purchased my backup set on Ebay delivered free for just under $34 for a pair......they sell them individually not as a set.
 
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