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#1 Gillis.jim OFFLINE  

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Posted October 02, 2016 - 09:37 PM

Got a few hours of seat time this weekend spreading some gravel.

Spread one tandem dump truck load for my father and two loads from the slinger truck at my buddy's woodlot.

I was impressed at what the Ariens will push now that I loaded the tires and added the wheel weights.

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Posted October 03, 2016 - 05:08 AM

Looks like it did a fine job. What size tires are you running on the back? It is amazing what a bit of weight will do to these machines. Turns them into a real workhorse.
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Posted October 03, 2016 - 05:39 AM

I am running a set of 25-10-12. They are tires that came on my Polaris four wheeler from the dealer but I bought a set of big lug tires for that and figured they would work well on the Ariens! Turns out they work great!!

I was able to fit 11 jugs of wwf in each of the rear tires. Each jug weighing 8.8lbs.


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Posted October 03, 2016 - 04:43 PM

That's a decent amount of weight in the tires. I have been kicking around the idea of tubing and filling a set for this winter. But with my son taking over some of the plowing duties, I am thinking that the extra traction should wait until he learns how to handle it without abusing it.

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Posted October 03, 2016 - 07:14 PM

That's a decent amount of weight in the tires. I have been kicking around the idea of tubing and filling a set for this winter. But with my son taking over some of the plowing duties, I am thinking that the extra traction should wait until he learns how to handle it without abusing it.

I am now a believer! It really turned my machine into a pushing beast. It doesn't spin at all. Takes a full blade and keeps on chugging right through it.

Hanging the weight box on the three point hitch is also a great way to gain traction.

My father bought a Kubota bx25 because the Ariens wouldn't make it up the steep driveway in the winter but he never did put the weight box on the 3ph he just hung it on the back of the tractor. After I got it I hung the weight box on the three point bars and showed him how much he didn't need the 4wd bx25!

You definitely don't want to be spinning the tires with that much weight on them. They won't last long!

It took me a few good storms to really get good at not spinning the tires in the winter with the plow blade so maybe get him used to plowing with less traction first then put on the weight so your driveway stays in decent shape. As well as the tires ;)




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Posted October 09, 2016 - 09:36 PM

Got out again today on the S-16 but only got about an hour in before the rain came.

Also got to see an old Ariens S-12 that I used to own! My brother in law's next door neighbour had bought it from us and sold it to a buddy of his. After seeing mine doing all the work it did hauling trees and spreading gravel he went and bought it back!

He's already started working on it and plans on putting a rear pto on it and repowering the tractor with a 20hp vanguard v twin. Can't wait to see what he does with it!


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Posted October 10, 2016 - 04:55 AM

That is cool to know where your old tractor is at. And what the future holds for it.

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Posted October 14, 2016 - 05:09 AM

I like the seat. Where did you pick it up at and what is the model number?

 

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Posted October 14, 2016 - 05:21 AM

I like the seat. Where did you pick it up at and what is the model number?

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I was checking that out myself. Looks comfy.

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Posted November 16, 2016 - 08:05 PM

Might have to look into one of those for mine! Mine has some tears in it

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Posted November 16, 2016 - 09:09 PM

Somehow I lost track of this thread?! Sorry for the delay! I'll have to go through some pictures to see if I have any info on the seat.


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Posted November 16, 2016 - 09:13 PM

I like the seat. Where did you pick it up at and what is the model number?

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It came from princess auto. Cost around 120$ Canadian. No info on model number sorry.


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