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With ice / snow mix. Ariens Deluxe 30, skims over without significant handle down pressure. Ideas to add weight on front. I have a gravel drive and really don't want to lower skids a lot to throw stones...
 

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I seen a video from Ariens where they installed the weight on the inside of the auger case. I installed mine on the outside.

The holes to mount the 10 lb weight are already on the housing. The weight just bolts on. Front of housing on top.

Several here have reported making their own by taking steel plate, cutting it to length, drilling the holes and painting. For me, that was too much work. I think someone here also said they used a sandbag.

BTW, the kit is selling for $75 on Amazon. $63 and up on Ebay. You can Google "Ariens 72001600" and find cheapest price.
 

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I seen a video from Ariens where they installed the weight on the inside of the auger case. I installed mine on the outside.

The holes to mount the 10 lb weight are already on the housing. The weight just bolts on. Front of housing on top.

Several here have reported making their own by taking steel plate, cutting it to length, drilling the holes and painting. For me, that was too much work. I think someone here also said they used a sandbag.

BTW, the kit is selling for $75 on Amazon. $63 and up on Ebay. You can Google "Ariens 72001600" and find cheapest price.
thanks I have 30 SB. saw the holes. may try a HM version. i googled got same numbers.
 

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Easy enough task for any DIY'er to fabricate a bar and attach to any snowblower, however for some the option is also there off the rack sort to speak.

For me it would be a simple fabrication in my garage, for my son it would be buy a finished product off the shelf or bug his old man to make it for him...lol. New generation don't seem to get the same enjoyment from tinkering with their own solutions, no right nor wrong just different generations for the most part.
 

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Tucks up nice and tight inside front top of the bucket..........Can't really see it, but here's a picture, it's in there!! Held in with like two 1/4" bolts(one seen).........
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You've got a light on top of your chute deflector?
How many watts do all those lights draw?
 

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More or less 20$ for a steel bar , 1/2 x 3 x 27 plus paint (Kubota orange ) . Bolted on the outside and adds about 12 or 13 lbs and looks good ... not enough,,add another
Please let me know where you can buy that size bar for 20 bucks. Any place I look (for 20lb) its about $80 and I might as well buy the Ariens version at that price and no work req'd on my part--just bolt it on.
 

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You've got a light on top of your chute deflector?
How many watts do all those lights draw?
I do..........They use about 12W

 

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I'm cheap and would look for materials laying around or buy on clearance at Lowes. Get a length of pipe or steel tubing and fill it with concrete to the weight you want. I'm thinking pipe because i just picked up a 3' length of structural pipe on clearance for less than $2 and I'm always buying the damaged bags of fast set for 50% off. Drill holes in the tubing then insert the bolts and pack with concrete. Can even paint the tubing whatever color you want.
 

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A piece of PVC drainage pipe, 24" long, 3" dia filled (as much as possible) with a 10# bag of Quikrete ($3.78 at Lowes) would work. (Completely filled would probably weigh 15#).
 
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A piece of PVC drainage pipe, 24" long, 3" dia filled (as much as possible) with a 10# bag of Quikrete ($3.78 at Lowes) would work. (Completely filled would probably weigh 15#).
Which is exactly what I determined I could use when I REALLY dug deeper. I think it would take 2 -23"x3" pieces to make up that weight.

Just make sure the bolt holes are drilled and the carriage bolts installed (and one end cap glued on) BEFORE filling with the quikcrete (y).
 

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Please let me know where you can buy that size bar for 20 bucks. Any place I look (for 20lb) its about $80 and I might as well buy the Ariens version at that price and no work req'd on my part--just bolt it on.
welding shop is where l got mine...they had all different thicknesses and lengths. Add to that the cost of a can of Kubota orange paint, 2 stainless bolts ..bingo, looks great. Bolted on top so if l am really unlucky and a bolt fails it does not fall into the auger. That is maybe 30$ (Canadian) total.
 
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