Regarding the height (set via the 2 shoes on the sides) that one should set
the bottom edge (also call a scraper blade, I think) on the
typical Ariens snowblowers:
The manual says 1/8 inch for an asphalt driveway.
This seems very high to me.
Shouldn't this bottom edge actually touch the driveway (lightly) to remove
all the snow down to the asphalt ?
What do you all set it to ?
Mine's about 1/4" to 3/8" by eyeball, which is the only way I've
ever adjusted it. It still exposes asphalt for the most part of
snow and glides easily over any imperfections or adhered ice or
rocks tossed in by the plows; never had a problem of any kind
As fast as the feet wear, I'd think you'd wear down the
cut-bar at 1/8" or less and probably hang up on anything that
solidly adheres to the asphalt, like ice bits. Plus it'd wear
off the topcoat all that much faster, being steel. ymmv I
suppose. I have a large driveway.
: Regarding the height (set via the 2 shoes on the sides) that
one should set
: the bottom edge (also call a scraper blade, I think) on the
: typical Ariens snowblowers:
: The manual says 1/8 inch for an asphalt driveway.
: This seems very high to me.
: Shouldn't this bottom edge actually touch the driveway
(lightly) to remove
: all the snow down to the asphalt ?
: What do you all set it to ?
Setting the scraper right down to the asphalt will get expensive for scraper
bar replacement and asphalt damage.
If you really want EVERYTHING removed, buy a single stage blower with the
Of course the single stage machines are little use in 4-5 foot drifts, or
get painfully slow.
You can always leave a bit with the blower, and then go over it quickly with
a hand shovel or broom to clean everything out.
But it will probably be back again the next day when it snows again, or a
bit of wind blows the snow back.
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