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The Armorskids work great. My drive is paved but my parking area is gravel. No choice but to use the snow bower on the gravel. I'm too old to shovel!
 

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We use our quite new Ariens on gravel every single time. Gravel is all we have. We clear probably 1/2 an acre with it. Early in the season we toss some gravel but once the ground freezes it works great.

I do install ArmorSkids to help ride on top of the gravel. The increased surface area works much better than the narrow little stamped-steel shoes from the factory. Did that on the previous machine that this Ariens replaced too.

I set the height to about 3/4in-1in at the start of the season, and I walk the area before early snows to get rid of any loose rocks. Once things freeze up I can lower the height down to ~1/2in and it's just like running on pavement.

I got quotes on paving our parking area and driveway last summer. $15-18K. I can buy a LOT of snowblowers and parts for that. So gravel it will stay!
 

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So gravel it will stay!
When I built my barn in 2006, I originally planned to add another paved driveway over there as well as a parking apron off the far side. I, too, experienced the sticker shock, so I went with gravel. After a few years of being annoyed dealing with the gravel, I had a load of stone dust delivered and spread it out over the gravel. Over the past 12 years to the present, it has sifted down into the gravel, and it's a pretty solid surface now. The Honda really doesn't pick up any gravel chunks any more.
 
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