For Anyone With A Relatively New Ariens Snowblower (pinning wheel question)

Hi,
Set up a new Ariens Compact model, two stage snowblower for my kid. It's the kind that has those pin-lock(s) for the wheels. Guess they only have the true wheel differential in the more expensive models.
Anyway, the idea is that one wheel is pinned to the drive shaft, and the other one is not pinned to the shaft, but allowed to rotate freely on it. (you can pin both to the shaft if you want, but becomes quite hard to maneuver it if you do)
This allows easy turning, but, of course, the power is being applied to only one wheel.
I think I may have set it up incorrectly.
Does it matter which wheel is pinned to the shaft and becomes the driven ?
They say to use the right one in the manual, but my feeling is that they arbitrarily said to use this one to make the instructions easier. I can't see how it matters at all, but... ?
I set it up with the driven wheel being the left one. Kid lives a fair distance away, and not thrilled about going down to change it if I don't have to.
Think it matters ?
Thanks, Bob
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From the sound of things...
: Hi, : :... : Anyway, the idea is that one wheel is pinned to the drive shaft, and the : other one is not pinned to the shaft, but allowed to rotate freely on it. : (you can pin both to the shaft if you want, but becomes quite hard to : maneuver it if you do) Wrong: It'll only be hard to manuver on a dry, clear surface. It'll work quite well on snow/ice covered driveway, etc., and not get stuck so easy. Kick 'em both in if you have to blow more than say three inches of snow at a time & more often than only a few times a year. : : This allows easy turning, but, of course, the power is being applied to only : one wheel. : : I think I may have set it up incorrectly. IMO, you did. : : Does it matter which wheel is pinned to the shaft and becomes the driven ? Doubt it. Unless you can easily let it scrub thru the snow to get some bite, it's always going to be spinning just one wheel. : : They say to use the right one in the manual, but my feeling is that they : arbitrarily said : to use this one to make the instructions easier. I can't see how it matters : at all, but... ? Uhh, dunno why they did that, but why would you doubt their "experienced" word over your "feeling"? Maybe that's the heavy side of the snowblower or some other reason that tire gets better traction. Don't try to second-guess til you've tried the recommendation first and have something to compare to, IMO. : : I set it up with the driven wheel being the left one. You need both. : Kid lives a fair distance away, and not thrilled about going down to change : it if I don't have to. Get more than two, three inches of snow at a time to blow? Have to do it more than two, three times a year? I think you have to go down. : : Think it matters ? Obviously, I do; set both wheels to drive. He'll appreciate it when it starts to snow. It's not THAT hard to steer on a solid surface, anyway. : : Thanks, : Bob : :
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If you want to have the blower turn 'right' the easiest, pin the left wheel. For easier 'left' turns, pin the right.
Dave
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