Wednesday, October 20, 2021

OK, Beans and Rev Paul.....Here She Is!

 Delivered this morning by a nice young gentleman who used a pallet jack to place it exactly where I wanted it.

Open the lid, and.....


Very nicely packed, and on two wood pallets, meaning MOAR FIREWOOD!

Get ready.....


Yes, that's Sweet Little Wife herself, coming out to see whazzup...

ROLLOUT!

And after some final assembly....


Wonder who'd win....?

Controls are easy to use, and placement seems OK, but actual use will tell.


So here she sits, sleeping until tomorrow. I'm going to tip it up into the "Service Position", and go through all the adjustments listed in the manual. So far everything seems good, and the adjustments I could do while assembling it have been done, per the manual. I set the skid shoes to about 3/8" clearance, as that seemed to work OK with the electric one. After I pull some covers and check things like belt tension and clutch adjustment, I'll check the oil, put some gas in it, and fire it up. It's MUCH easier to move around, as it has a differential instead of a solid-axle, and it feels very well balanced.

Sleep tight!





20 comments:

  1. Come the first heavy snow, your neighbors may be coming to oh and ah, hint, hint. Might become a sideline business.

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    1. I'm planning on doing all the sidewalks in the cul-de-sac, and probably my one neighbor's driveway. If anybody wants to kick in some gas money, that's fine, but I'm starting to get some calls about vintage stereo gear repair, and that would take precedence.

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  2. Sweet!
    You are going to love that thing.
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    1. Sure hope so! That electric POS was a nightmare. They shouldn't even sell them here!

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  3. Very nice. Ariens is a great company, their equipment is top notch and easily repaired (at least my old mower was.)

    Looking forward to future updates.

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    1. So far from assembling it, it appears to be pretty well made. Stainless hardware, lots of self-locking nuts, and easy access to the things that need checking and adjusting.

      They're been building them since 1960, and continually improving them. They used to have Tecumseh engines, or Briggs & Stratton, but now they use their own engines, unfortunately made in (spit) China.

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  4. Those are now outlawed in Kalifornistan, along with all other gas-powered lawn mowers, generators and most off-road stuff... So glad we're out of that craphole.

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    1. Illegal to sell, or to continue using? I haven't read too much on it.

      So my Honda generator will now be illegal for Field Day? Wonder if the Hams can get some kind of exemption?

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    2. If it's fun, it's now illegal. Way to go, California!

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    3. That's because it's ORANGE, Beans, and not GREEN!

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  5. You've already used the electric thrower so you know the places where the blower could stub its toes. 3/8 sounds a squeak high, but it's way better to leave a bit of snow than it is to tear up the machine.

    Get some extra shear pins, because even though you carefully removed those advertising newspapers, you will absolutely need new pins when the van that delivers those newspapers throws new ones onto the snow in your drive.

    A drip pan from a large animal cage makes a good parking space to allow the machine to drip dry.
    I notched some plastic decking scraps to make it easy to drive the thrower over the drip pan.

    The size and features will work very well for your needs.

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    1. Yep, I sure do know where it hits! We have an iron "cap" over the water shut-off valve in the driveway that's about 1/2" high, and a couple of places in the sidewalk that can cause problems.

      I have some big cardboard sheets I park it on, and just put down new ones each year.

      I have three pair of shear pins, one came with it, and I bought two extra pairs when I ordered the "Drift Cutter" attachments for it.

      One of the neighbors looked at it yesterday and said it should be big enough for anything he's seen in his entire life here.

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    2. I forgot to mention that we bought those thin fiberglass rods that have reflective tape on them, and we tap them into the ground to mark the edges of the driveway and a couple of other places that we don't want to run the thrower over.

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  6. I have to ask, do you use that little Jeep run-about to go and check the mail and run down to the local coffee shack to carouse with the other old gents?

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    1. HAH!

      That's for the grandson. One of his parent's friends gave it to him, and they don't have space to store it. They also have a gravel driveway, and it's useless on anything but hard surfaces.

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  7. From South Texas comes the question; What is that thing and what do you do with it?

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    1. yuk-yuk!

      https://www.ariens.com/en-us/power-equipment/snow-products/snow-blowers/deluxe/deluxe-24

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  8. Took the nerd test, I scored 95, slightly behind you. I was a nursing and behavioral student, so I didn't abrogate my nerdiness...

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