no mittens, I hate them...that aint gonna work. .can't do anything that requires working with your fingers.... I hate gloves, period, for that reason/ in my job as a fleet mechanic both my co workers use latex gloves or "mechanix" gloves, as does a long time dealer mechanic buddy... but I can't work too well without the "feel"... I can't seem to get used to it.
but when working outside for any length of time in the cold I have no choice... but thy are always getting soaked when doing snow removal which makes my hands COLDER until I get back to the house to swap em out... I may also look for a snow blower cab to fit this thing.... but even if I do get some heated gloves I would like heated grips if possible too. .... Even though I have a 120V electric start this motor has a charging stator because the snow blower came with a headlight when new and it works continuously as long as the engine runs; there is no onboard battery. Would I need a battery on board with the charging coil wired to it as a trickle charger to make use of heated grips on this machine for extra capacity to make them work? I know ATVs and motorcycles usually have a small battery on board for their starter motors, and I see all kinds available for them. What is the difference with the newer Ariens that have a Briggs engine other than the fact that they are Briggs as opposed to the Ariens machines built with old standby Tecumseh Snow Kings? (like my blower has on it)
also in reference to Ariens, of the 7-8+HP Ariens 2 stage blowers I have seen the frame looks the same (look at the 45* beveled top transition to the sides) also the cast iron gear case looks awful Ariens-ish, and the locking diff.. seems too much the same to be "coincidental".... I know either Murray or MTD made Deere's TRS series snow blowers, and also that Toro made Deere's pushmowers in the early 70s, they were Toro Whirlwind models painted green.... so it would not surprise me a bit to find out that Deere farmed out their snow blower line to someone like Ariens.... does anyone know anything about this?