Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 32
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NK44 Great for gravel driveway
I have an old Ariens snowblower that finally wore out, so I recently bought a new Ariens model with the same 24-inch width. But the new machine is much heavier -- especially in front, since the drive wheels are farther back than on the old one. The skids were plowing furrows into the driveway, so I had do something.
I was pleased to find these longer skid shoes; they work well, stay on top of the gravel.
I added shims to space the shoes out about 1/4 inch to clear the rolled edge at the front of the snowblower. (See the picture.) The Ariens stock bolts work fine for mounting.
November 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snowblind Heavy duty skids
Installed on a new Ariens 28" Deluxe. Skids install in minutes and work great. Protect the body of the blower front and back end and effortlessly rides over rough surfaces.
March 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snowman Great Product
I purchased the skid shoes because I have a gravel driveway and wanted something that wouldn't dig in. Had a nice snow storm a few weeks ago and got about 2 feet. Skid shoes worked as advertised, very pleased. Hope this ends blowing gravel in my yard. I had to shim the shoes with some washers to get the right fit on my 2014 Ariens Deluxe 28 snowblower. Good product.
December 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by qwerty Best skids ever
The skids made my Ariens Platinum 30 snow blower a lot better to handle. Before it was very hard to keep going in a straight line - I was always fighting it from going where ever it wanted to go. I had to keep both hands on the handle bars and stop if I had to change the direction of the chute. After I put the new skids on I could go faster and relax while blowing. Now I can use one hand on the handle bars and the other to direct the chute while still moving. After blowing for 2 hours, I do not feel like I have been wrestling with a bull like I did before. WHAT A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!
January 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scooter Great Product
Purchased these for my 2014 Ariens Deluxe 28 recently. They are a HUGE improvement over the OEM skids and make handling the machine much easier on uneven surfaces. We just had 20 + inches of snow and even after 4 plus hours of running the machine, I still felt good. Compared to fighting the machine last year with the OEM / undersized skids (scraper blade grabbing and fighting the autosteer) using the machine is night and day now. Ariens should seriously consider equipping the autosteer machines with these skids directly from the factory.
January 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tlkerer Excellent Replacement Skids
This skids are extremely well made. They're as easy to install as the current skids on your snowblower, just loosen the nuts holding on your current skids, remove the current skids and place on these, set your clearance and tighten the nuts. Done.
These will prevent the bottom of your snowblower housing from getting damaged in many situations where the OEM skids will allow damage. The skids will extend beyond both the front and back of the snowblower's drum so it's well protected.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mechanic They look great, very well made
Very easy to install, and they are very well made, I would buy them again.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gambino915 If I had three thumbs all of them would be up!!!!
Very well built. Installed them the first day I got them on my craftsman 28" snow thrower, the midwest got dumped on. At first I set them to high but could instantly tell how much smoother the use was. Set them to the right height and it was game on.
I should say my driveway is 50 yards with a huge turn around and it's all gravel. I need a good snow blower, and I have one. The shims the snow blower came with plastic (puke) fine for a year that's it.
Before it was like fighting a bronco my shims were 5 years old and barely holding on. After install was like a brand new snowblower. Now I will fight the machine less and come spring I will have less annoying gravel in my yard. Bravo!! I think these things will outlast my snowblower well worth the money.
February 22, 2013