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From reading this forum I have learned that the Ariens Platinum and higher series use the Hilliard Auto-lok. From the Hilliard website I take the following:

The Hilliard Auto-Lok automatically switches from positive traction to an open differential and back without any levers or cables. On a side hill, the Auto-Lok transfers power to the wheel with the most traction, eliminating the need for the rider to shift their weight. The improved traction reduces tire spin, and in return, reduces turf damage...

Note what I have in bold italics. Doesn't this mean that if a wheel spins on my Platinum then the differential takes the power from that wheel and transfers it to the wheel with traction? If that's the case then that's going to turn my snowblower quickly, and I will continuously be fighting to keep it on a straight path. If I have a wheel slip I want the power to REMAIN on that wheel. I struggle to keep my blower on a straight path, and am beginning to believe this is the reason why. Any comments?

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Sorry, I can't help as I have never used one of the newer blowers. On the old ones if one wheel slipped it got all of the power and you had to push it manually. :)
 

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Sorry, don't know that machine but your assumption seems logical based on what you're saying. Hopefully someone knowledgable will chime in.
 

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Hmmmm....just found out something new. Talking to neighbor 3 doors down this morning. I knew he had an Ariens but I thought it was Deluxe 28. Turns out it is the Platinum 30, same as mine. He does not have this issue. I have often seen his wife (a very small lady) use the snowblower with not too much effort. I guarantee you she wouldn't be able to hang on to mine! So what could be going on here? It's all mechanical, so I don't understand how it could not be working. I had to clear my driveway last night from 5 inches of wet snow, and I'm stiff and sore today!! That neighbor didn't have an issue!
 
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