I respectfully disagree.In all the years we have discussed this idea, I have only seen one real logical use for wheels..a guy needed to wheel his snowblower from the shed, across a good amount of grass lawn, whenever he used it. In that case, he installed wheels to get the machine over the grass.
For any other "regular" use, wheels are a bad idea..skids are so much better..
which is why snowblowers have had skids for over 60 years, and not wheels.
I never tried an old set of steel shoes on my Ariens, just the new steel shoes that come on the machines. Maybe the steel is different today? I just don't know. But they wear down FAST!
In my use of snow blowers, I clear a lot of cement sidewalks plus a large driveway. The shoes on my machines would not even last a season. By February I would have flipped the shoes around, then throw them out come April.
Now that I added my version of wheels on the machines, they stay level, the scraper bar don't need adjustments and more importantly the original set I made are still in fine working order.
For my application it's an awesome add on.
Plus with the new auto turn I run straight lines down the driveway without fish tailing all over the driveway. That snake action will tire you out in short order.