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There are many threads from people who do not like the Auto-turn for one reason or another, but not one thread for those of us who like it. For prospecting buyers who are researching a new Ariens model, I think there should also be a thread showing there are people who really like it too. I'm one of them after I replaced my stock skids. Stock skids and the Auto-turn only worked well on pavement for me, but on gravel or grass it was non-existent. Now it works beautifully and I truly love the feature. I wish my DR. Field and Brush mower had the same Auto-turn differential, it would make that a perfect machine.

So for those of you who actually like this feature and why, chime in! Support the Auto-turn!
 

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I like my 2015 platinum 30 SHO with auto turn. I had lasts years model with auto turn too. It does seem to turn nicely and I put the bigger tires on mine too. I use a Honda track drive to and these machines you must throw around to turn. The auto turn Ariens my four year old boy can turn it. No problems with it either.. Had about ten hours on my 2014 model and about 1 hour on my 2015 model. I think it should be a bullet proof set up for years to come.
 

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New Pro 28 here. Upgraded from an old st1032 that I had for 25 years, with manual locking drive, which usually stayed unlocked because it was too heavy and hard to turn locked.

The Pro28 was purchased this year, (thank god) and so far auto turn works likes its not there. I use it on an old cracked paved driveway, a gravel driveway and on grass in the back yard for the dog. it works fine, I have no problem going where I want, we have had an insane amount of snow here in boston, and it pro28 has handled it without a hitch.

I've used it on inclined, and angled driveways within inches of vehicles, trying to dig them out, and it still goes straight until I turn it.

this has all been with stock skids. I just put on the armor skids to see if it went any better, and honestly after a little work yesterday, I think I might like the stock skids better. I will see how the armor skid do after this recent storm and a full test.

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I'm new to snow blowing so I really don't have much to compare to ;)
Even with the stock skids my machine kept a pretty straight line , it wants to keep straight at slow speeds and easy to do curves and such from 2nd gear on up. One thing I did learn was not to fight it , leave a couple inches overlap on passes and just guide it along. :)
My machine is only 2 feet wide so it's about the same width as the wheels , Maybe a wider 28" or 30" bucket would cause more pull just by being wider:confused:
I put on the armor skids because the stock ones would sink in on unfrozen lawn or new gravel on my drive way . I also have places where I drive up a 2-3" rise to the gravel and was catching too much gravel. Amazing how far those 1 1/2" crushed stones will fly out into the yard :eek:
Auto turn works well for me.
 

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I have a new Deluxe 28 with Armor skids and it works perfectly. I do a small gravel driveway and our brother in laws 300 ft gravel driveway. and the only time my deluxe 28 varies is when I want it to. It runs straight and true until I want to turn. The auto turn takes a little getting used to, but it is a superior addition to the snow blowing world. I want to add that I use the Deluxe 28 on the grass also to keep the paths to my sheds open. It runs just as well on the grass as it does on the gravel. Also keep a path open around to the back of the brother in laws house so the oil truck can have access to the oil tanks for his heater.
 

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I have the plastic Ariens skids to prevent any damage to paver driveways. I clear 5 driveways with my Platinum 30 SHO and the Auto-Turn works perfectly with all the manoeuvring that entails. It is easy to manoeuvre on high traction surfaces including dry asphalt and concrete. Both the drive wheels maintain strong traction and both will spin if the machine is prevented from moving by some obstacle. I have used and repaired snowblowers for more than 40 years and this is the best setup I have ever used.

The 1974 Canadiana 8/26 with open differential was very easy to manoeuvre but traction was limited to wheel with least traction. So it needed chains under all conditions. The chains made the machine rough to handle.

The 2004 Craftsman 11/30 with the triggers to release the drive from one or both wheels, sounded perfect but was not. Drive was not consistent and would allow one wheel to slip under load. The machine would shift left and right in straight line as resistance was encountered. A very weak drive system with this machine that Sears Technicians could not solve within the 3 year extended warranty period. The problem seemed to be due to the small gears and weak springs at each wheel unable to lock the drive wheels completely. The system only worked well on very smooth driveways. Very easy to manoeuvre with the triggers pulled on to release the drive. I gave up after 4 years and locked the wheels to the axle to eliminate the unpredictable movement. The heavy machine is quite the workout to blow out 5 driveways.
 

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I like it when maneuvering in the garage and when taking a 90 degree turn doing my sidewalks. Other than that, I'll reserve judgement until after i replace the stock skids.
 

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New deluxe 28 this year.Two storms so far it works great on the driveway and cutting paths to the shed and birdfeeders in the yard. I put the poly skids on after the first storm because jt was scratching up the new driveway. No complaints so far.
 

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In a thread about liking the auto-turn 2/3 of the people who have posted either have already or have plans to replace the stock skids. I include myself in this group. Replacing the stock skids made my Ariens go from an upper body workout to a pleasure to use. I really like the auto-turn feature now.
But, had it not been for this forum and the many discussions about replacing the skids I would have remained very unhappy about auto-turn.
 

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I have a new 24 Deluxe. I used it with the original skids and did not have a problem. Just for comparison I put the Ariens Poly Skids on. I did watch the video on how to adjust the skids and installed them. It seems to work smoother with the Poly skids.
FYI I ordered the Poly Skids on line from Home Depot.
 

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This thread sounds like an attempt at some PR damage control, Do you work for Ariens?!:D

Just kidding.....I'm "okay" with it now, but that's definitely after the stock skid replacement. It still catches here and there forcing a course correction for me occasionally but overall it's a trade off. I never bothered with the triggers on my other machine so that was always just horsing it around the turns. This setup saves me the turn horsing, but adds in the corrections keeping it straight, although I feel my blood pressure rise every time I'm near the cars with a death grip on it to keep it from taking the sudden turn into the fender!
 

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I like it when it works, we've got hit with 3 massive snow storms every time I used it so traction was at a minimum, waiting for my new skids and will report back.
 

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I'm on record in this forum as being a fan of Auto-Turn. I participated in the debates last season. Liked it then, like it now.
 

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Have a 2014 24" Platinum. Auto-turn beat the tar out of me last winter with all the ruts. Chintzy little skids caught on every little bump in my driveway, ready to burn the monster in the street.

Put Ariens ploy skids on and huge difference. (Also had the driveway leveled as well).
This winter it's a far different story, very little fighting to go straight. Easy to turn and maneuver. Nice to be able to blow snow one handed. Can even turn the machine using just one hand.

One thing I can think of however that would make ALL THE DIFFERENCE, if they were to install a cable that when squeezed, would LOCK the axle shafts and put equal power to both wheels. That way when you did get into an area with ruts, you could just squeeze the handle and the machine would force itself to go straight ahead.
(((Are you listening Ariens)))?
 

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Installed my new ArmorSKids and blew another foot and a half yesterday. ArmorSkids did nothing for my AutoTurn in deep snow, it will try to kick on 10% of the time when I'm almost done turning. Mind you, this is trying to turn on snowpacked asphalt.

I should've bought chains instead :(
 

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I'm not going to buy a bigger blower without it, I use the stock shoes on concrete and a dirt driveway with out issue.

My only complaint is not buying a bigger frame machine as this 28" one is such a pleasure to use. It the Hydo version but I don't see why that would make that much of a difference.
 

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For those of you who have put poly skids on your ariens, may I ask what height you have them at? We changed our skids to the poly skids, the machine was ok before but now we are having a heck of a time controlling it (deluxe 28+). It constantly pulls all over the place. We have a paved driveway. Any suggestions? thanks.
 

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I have also found the Autoturn to be fantastic. When I bought my second machine (my Hydro Pro 28) I made sure it had it. The only time it fights me is if I'm working a snow berm down the driveway where only one side gets resistance. One reason I went with the 28" instead of the 32" was to make situations like that easier to deal with, plus I can go at full speed most of the time where the 32 needs a slower speed. The pros of the Autoturn definitely outweigh the cons.
 
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