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Hi. New here. I have had more than a few snow blowers before, but never a Ariens. I am looking for one close to $1000. I want to avoid Big Box Stores, because of No Service Here.

I have a two car garage with just a gravel driveway. There are also no real sidewalks, so I just go over the grass every year. I have had many MTD's, but a couple of guys on this site said to go with a Ariens. I just got back from a Dealer that sells, and services them. So I have a couple of Questions for you..
I am looking at the Deluxe 24. It is a 2019 Model # 921045 for 1099. Can anyone tell me about them?? Also..
I would like the heated grips. Would it be better to pay the $100. at the Dealer, or find it on ebay, or amazon and install them myself??
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Messing with a new machine voids warranty.
 

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I have a 2017 model but same model number, If the dealer will sell and install the heated grips for $100 I would have them do it, You can't even buy the Ariens grips for much less so better to have them put them on. And for gravel I would get a set of ARMORskids no matter the blower you get, They have more surface to help them from digging into the gravel.
 

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Are those skids a option for the snow blower?? I might look for a 28", or 30". Wife says we will make it, because I just didn't have enough power with the 24" I had before.. The 30" has the heated grips. Does anyone have them?? I would like to know just how warm they get.. The ones for the MTD get to about 80+. Thanks..
 

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I have a 2017 model but same model number, If the dealer will sell and install the heated grips for $100 I would have them do it, You can't even buy the Ariens grips for much less so better to have them put them on. And for gravel I would get a set of ARMORskids no matter the blower you get, They have more surface to help them from digging into the gravel.
Agree on the heated grips, I have the same machine but without the grips.

Regarding the ARMORskids, Ariens makes a set of plastic skids as well, and if you're concerned about warranty issues then using the Ariens skids would not affect that. Just look at the respective sizes of the two sets of plastic skids and if they're even close then just get the Ariens and be done with it. I do have the Ariens plastic skids (used on pavement) and they work fine for me.
 

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I don't have any real pavement to worry about. Just compacted dirt and gravel in the driveway and whatever is kicked up from the plow truck. I try to set my skids up about 1/2 to 1" off the deck to protect my lawn. It has worked for years to put down a base first.
Now if I got a couple of those Blue skids that are used on the Cub Cadets. Is that what you are talking about??
Oh, and for the grips. The dealer is just going to sell me the grips. I would be the one putting them on.
 

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Regarding gravel..... a lot depends on local snow conditions.

If you get lots of wet snow that comes and goes, gravel has a greater chance of wearing out skids and getting chewed around inside the auger housing, causing scratches and possibly rust.

If you get snow like us......which after one or two sweeps, turns into a compacted snow/ice base layer, which stays until spring, then gravel is much less of an issue.
 

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I'm sure if you did a search for poly skids you would find several out there. Ariens offers then as well, just not an "option", but you can buy them from the dealer, or I see HD even sells them. I have never used, or felt the need for heated grips, so for me I would never add them, and if the machine came with them, I would not use them, but that is just me. To me the bigger the engine is better for blowing the snow, especially wet stuff or at the end of the driveway. Good luck with you decision.
 

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Messing with a new machine voids warranty.

Good point.
The nice thing about having your dealer install the heated grips is that most likely they would be covered under warranty. Of course read the super fine warranty print and ask you dealer if they would be covered in your OEM warranty etc....
 

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If the dealer will do the heated grips for $100, that doesn't seem bad. Especially if your warranty remains intact. I don't need mine often, here in MA, but in some cold & windy storms, they've been very nice.
 

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After talking with my Wife. She said one like you had before. I am going to order the Ariens Deluxe 30. I had a 30" MTD years ago that lasted for many years. Says it comes with the heated grips, and reverceable slides. I try to keep that bottom blade about 3/4" off the ground to cover the the gravel in the driveway.

question though.. How many Volts does that alternator put out??, or what is the Voltage at that Halogen light?? I ask, because I have some Super Bright 12 Volt LED lights that I was going to use on my car for backup lights. I would like to mount them to the shroud for more light early in the Morning, or late at Night..
 

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How warm do the grips get?? Some of the time when I am blowing snow it could be -20 with 20mph winds. Even leather paks with wool liners are real cold. Have to use 4 of nthose hand warmer packs to try to keep my hands kind of warm..
 

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I dunno,"pretty warm"? :) I'm sure it would depend on the ambient temperature. They're a lot warmer than unheated grips, that's for darn sure. If you're getting that kind of weather, I'd add the grips and not think twice about it.

Now, with this said, as you alluded to, it does become a question of what electrical load the engine can support. My blower came with an incandescent headlight and heated grips, I believe it's a 60W alternator. If your engine is only intended to power an LED headlight, it may not have enough output wattage to also run heated grips. Your dealer may be able to help answer that.
 

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Though LED's don't take that much power. I do have a 4 Super Bright LED block that takes 2 "D" cell batteries. I will glue a good magnet on it, and stick it on top of the bucket for added light..
 

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I have one. Can't use it.. Won't go under the clothes lines. Keeps hitting the lines. Besides. The exhaust comes right back in with you. So for me it is ski goggles. Works so much better..
 

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Though LED's don't take that much power. I do have a 4 Super Bright LED block that takes 2 "D" cell batteries. I will glue a good magnet on it, and stick it on top of the bucket for added light..
They take a bunch less power (for a given light output) than incandescents, but they can still draw a fair bit of power, depending on how bright the light is. For instance, there are some 18W LED sets on Amazon.

And even with a low draw, the cost-cutting folks may still have done something like put a 5W alternator on a machine with a 4W LED :) But hopefully you have spare alternator capacity.

(BTW, about your LED block- I find C & D batteries somewhat expensive, but I have a ton of AA's, in alkaline and low-self-discharge NiMH. You can get cheap adapters that let you use AA's in devices that take C's or D's)
 

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I found a light at Walmart with 1000 Lumens. Takes 4 Double A batteries. Should be enough to add some extra light out front.
 

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Nice! Someone gave me a really nice Fenix PD35 flashlight, which I wouldn't splurge for myself :)

It's lithium powered, they claim 1000 lumens, and people have apparently confirmed it gets really close. It's kind of blindingly bright when cranked up all the way, and still puts out a lot of light when turned down (for 50+ hours of run time).

It's amazing what you can get out of little lights these days, and it makes wiring in a headlight on a blower seem less appealing. Especially if the engine doesn't already have an alternator.
 
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