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I wasn't planning on purchasing these poly skids but, due to the massive snowfall we received over the past week, I'm afraid I'm going to have to run the machine on our deck to get some of the snow off before we have problems. I've used the roller skids before on the same deck and found the result (lack of damage) was better than I expected.​








 

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I shimmed things up slightly higher than before. I guess we're expecting some snow over the next two days and then a storm beginning Sunday night to add to the 46" we already have!



 

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I used the machine with the poly skids last night for about 45 minutes. There's quite a difference. I guess it's an improvement but I'm not 100% convinced of that.

The steel skids tend to cut through to the asphalt. The poly skids tend to glide/skate over a thin layer of snow all the time. So, the coefficient of friction of a poly-snow interface vs. a steel-asphalt interface is going to be very different. One wants to dig in while the other is gliding smoothly (and not activating the Auto Turn).

I do notice that the tires rarely slip going up my hill. This is very different compared to the steel skids.

I tend to lift up on the handle bars to get the scraper to cut into the car tire tracks. I think I may have lost this capability with the poly skids. However, my steel skids are showing significant wear already. This machine has a total of about 9 hrs on it:




And then I changed the oil:

 

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Your steel skid looks like it wasn't quite flat and that is what caused the wear. Wonder if that was part of your problem with it.
 

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Your steel skid looks like it wasn't quite flat and that is what caused the wear. Wonder if that was part of your problem with it.
I was wondering the same but I'm pretty cautious when setting them up.

No reason one couldn't shim the leading edge of each metal skid with a dime or something thin. That might minimize the wear I get when lifting up on the handle bars. Regardless, it still looks like a lot of wear in a very short period of time.
 

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We have a very low curb along one side of the driveway and granite curbing on the street. It comes with the territory, I'm afraid.

We have a new mail man all of a sudden and he hasn't been leaving the mail at homes unless he has e-z access to the mail box. I'm very good about cleaning as close as physically possible to the curb. I guess I use the skid as a "curb feeler".
 

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I looked at my other OE metal skid - - the wear pattern is uniform from side to side.
 

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I was wondering the same but I'm pretty cautious when setting them up.
No reason one couldn't shim the leading edge of each metal skid with a dime or something thin. That might minimize the wear I get when lifting up on the handle bars. Regardless, it still looks like a lot of wear in a very short period of time.
As Shryp mentioned your wear look like in one area suggesting the skids were not flat when tightened or course you can try the dime on the front but I doubt you raise the back enough to press the front of your skids as the blower would tend to spin if raised too much. Normally there is always snow for your skids to ride on unless you had bare asphalt then had a heavy and wet snow so the asphalt was not frozen. Just saying and Good Luck
 

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Thanks, Normex. I'll fly with the poly skids for a while and check them again today to ensure they're level.
 

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When I purchased my first MTD blower about 15 years ago I used the steel shoes that came with it for a few weeks. Then I started to notice the marks they were leaving on the concrete driveway.

I made some long poly shoes for it and noticed an improvement in how the unit operated on the sidewalk and driveway. The first blower was also the Zamboni for the kids rink and the poly shoes were great on the ice.

When the new Ariens arrived I knew right away it was going to have poly shoes based on my previous experience so I made a set of similar poly shoes for it as well. All seems to be working well so far this winter.

Here are the poly shoes that I currently have on my Pro 28
 

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We have a very low curb along one side of the driveway and granite curbing on the street. It comes with the territory, I'm afraid.

We have a new mail man all of a sudden and he hasn't been leaving the mail at homes unless he has e-z access to the mail box. I'm very good about cleaning as close as physically possible to the curb. I guess I use the skid as a "curb feeler".

Ditto. I tend to use the skid the same way, as I have to blow much of the snow in the church parking lots that the plows leave along the sides of the curbs, especially in the handicap parking area. So it does get scraped up considerably. And then having to climb and go off of curbs/walks onto the parking lot, the skids take a beating.
 

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i put poly skids on my 28 yesterday after an oil change. blew about 6 inches of fresh snow this afternoon and they do seem to work better to me so far. ill be interested to see how they wear compared to the metal ones which were worn more than i thought they would be so far
 

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I put on poly skids last summer and only had had to use the blower three times so far this year. Had only one good snow so far this year, very unusual.

I completely agree with the comments left by uberT about the poly skids. The do slide over the driveway and street easier. Much less autocorrect needed.

I never used the Armor skids, considered them because of my uneven driveway, throught they were expensive so I had my driveway leveled instead. (I'm a exMarine and we tend to move the mountain rather than go around, it's a little hard to explain sometimes).

Only negitive I would venture is, they are a little wider than the steel and tend to hang when I hit the side of my front porch. It's completly minor point and would recommend the deluxe skids over the OEM any day.
 

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The poly skids paid for themselves over the past couple days. I had to get the snow off the back deck with all the new incoming snow! I had some drifts that had built up to 7' :eek: The Ariens was undeterred by the task :)

 

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Well after trying the armor skids with this last night storm, I took them off and went back to the stock steel skids. The armor skids road up too much on the snow. Didn't like them at all.
 
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