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Hey all. LONG time lurker, but just registered today! I have a Deluxe 24 and just recently purchased a Professional 21 single stage. Don't really need two - but you can't have too many!

I received the Pro 21 today, assembled it and took it out for a quick run. We got ~5" last night. I've never used a SS unit today so I have a few questions.

1) How much snow should this thing be leaving behind? It is throwing a fair amount on my feet. For some reason, I envisioned a clear driveway. My driveway is new, smooth, concrete.

2) How much paddle contact is normal? When I engage the auger, this thing sounds like a super fast drum roll. I know it should make contact, but this feels like the paddles are going to wear out QUICK w/ this amount. I'm wondering if the amount of paddle contact is causing it to bounce slightly, throwing snow under the scraper.

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Most are designed for the paddles to hit the ground and pull the machine forward. It's hard to say if yours is excessive.

The SS machines I've had in the past left some but not much. If it's leaving a lot of snow you should check the adjustment of the scraper bar. You didn't the model number but I'm seeing it might have a spring loaded scraper blade.

From the ad:
Spring-loaded Pivotal Scraper Blade Design
Moves with the contours of the ground to clean pavement
Triple reinforced for durability
 

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Sorry, it's a 938025. This year's professional 21.

Got to play with about 5" of powder today. No matter if I walk slow, or fast, this thing covers my feet with blowback. Ariens Support thought I was walking too fast.

One thing I noticed is it is throwing it back in the middle only. Going to flip it and see if s chunk of the spring loaded scraper is gone. Maybe broke in transit?
 

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Sounds like the machine is being tilted too far forward and the scraper is coming off the ground and allowing snow to travel behind the machine instead of up and out the chute.

There is a "zen" position where there's a good mix of propulsion from the paddle and the cleanest sweep possible.

Too far back; less propulsion,

Too far forward; lots of propulsion, but lots of "blow-by" as well

A rigid scraper has a very small ideal position (like a light switch) but a moveble scraper bar should have a bigger one

Could be a problem with the design itself, the scraper mechanism, or the Operator

Ariens knows snow so I'd check the latter two

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