Forums Archive Index > Outdoor Power Equipment > Ariens 7524e - the "ChickenHawk" of Snow Blowers

Author: NurseDaddy

Date: 12 Feb 2006 11:42 am

Remember Henry? The Chicken Hawk that thought he was gonna take down Foghorn Leghorn?

That's the Ariens 7524 in a nutshell.

This machine WANTS to be a snowblower. It WANTS to take down big snow drifts twice it's size.

If I were to hang about 75 pounds of weight on the bucket, it just might be able to do that without a whole lot of guidance from me.

But being the flyweight that it is, like a "skeeter" across water, it rides on top of snow instead of going through it. It'll chew through snow taller than the bucket without so much as the slightest sputter and hardly a decrease in engine speed, but that is only if you pull up on the bars enought to keep the nose down while at the same time not enough to unweight the wheels. Takes some practice.

The 7.5 HP is evident. I went through EOD like butter. Threw it 20'. I am certain a more substantial machine like the 1132 would do the same, and maybe without me needing to apply downforce to the bucket. But considering the 160lb weight, the fact that it's so easy to move around, I'll take having to be behind it doing something the very few times I have to use it in favor of being able to stick it in a small corner of the garage.

The machine is capable. It's like a little car with a lot of motor. It needs a bit of finesse on the gas pedal to keep it from going all over the place. But when you get the hang of it, it's a gas.

ND

"Hey ya big snow drift! Are you gonna come quietly? Or do I have to muss ya up!"

I'll have to put this little guy's image on the side of my machine. Henry the Chicken Hawk, now to be known as Hank Ariens!


Author: EGreen

Date: 12 Feb 2006 11:50 am

some companies slap engines half its size in twice its space...you got a little powerhouse there, the hot-rod stripes on your avatar certainly are warranted :)

It has a big 12 inche impaller, thats pretty big for its compact size.

An idea would be to strap some sandbags/saltbags/etc to the side where the driftcutters hook on. Add another 5lbs, maybe in 10lbs upfront and it will help I'd imagine.


Author: krislu

Date: 12 Feb 2006 12:00 pm

Eric- The bigger machines have the same problem. Read some of the posts here on that. I know for the bigger machines Ariens has a weight kit that is a slab of metal that you bolt onto the top of the auger housing. It is suppose to help with the problem of the bucket riding up. Maybe (I don't know for sure) Ariens has a weight kit for your machine or their is a guy on e-bay who is custom making his own and selling them maybe he has one, if not make your own get a slab of metal and fiqure out where you can mount it on the bucket of your machine. In general it sounds like you are happy, glad to read it. - Kris :)


Author: Marshall

Date: 12 Feb 2006 12:32 pm

I say..I say..I say boy, nice blower. :wink:


Author: NurseDaddy

Date: 12 Feb 2006 2:15 pm

OK, I went back out there...

Because it snowed some more. And I did not do everything on the first pass.

Took care of neighbors too.

That is a nice machine. If I had this experience with the machine before the HD sale, I'd have still stuck with the 7524.

The bigger machines ride over the snow too, huh? They do make a weight kit for the 7524, I believe. I was thinking I could bolt some barbell weights to the sides of the bucket.

ON the second go around I slowed down the speed and took my time, and the machine went through snow over the bucket height and threw it a good THIRTY feet.

I did find myself looking like Nanook of the North, covered in snow and debris, with my beard encrusted. I was quite the sight.

I took video with my DV cam. First I put the cam in my hood with my head (no interlock on the 7524's controls). Then I set it up on top of my car in the garage and went out and shot video of me blowing snow.

At some point I'll have to load the video on my laptop and downsize it for web use. No idea where I'd put it after that so you guys could see it.

ND


Author: bontai Joe

Date: 12 Feb 2006 2:23 pm

Would wheel weights work, or do you need the weight elsewhere to be effective?


Author: krislu

Date: 12 Feb 2006 2:31 pm

NurseDaddy wrote:

The bigger machines ride over the snow too, huh? They do make a weight kit for the 7524, I believe. I was thinking I could bolt some barbell weights to the sides of the bucket.


The bigger machines machines give a hefty appearance and have a good stance but there not as heavy as they appear to be.

NurseDaddy wrote:

ON the second go around I slowed down the speed and took my time, and the machine went through snow over the bucket height and threw it a good THIRTY feet.


Always take your time use the slowest gear you have especially with deep snow.

NurseDaddy wrote:

I took video with my DV cam. First I put the cam in my hood with my head (no interlock on the 7524's controls). Then I set it up on top of my car in the garage and went out and shot video of me blowing snow.


Cool, can't wait to see it!


NurseDaddy wrote:

At some point I'll have to load the video on my laptop and downsize it for web use. No idea where I'd put it after that so you guys could see it.


Post it here, where we can see it.

- Kris :D


Author: jubol

Date: 12 Feb 2006 2:48 pm

:) ND

Go to Tractor Supply, HD, or Lowes, buy a piece of 2 in wide 1/2 in thick, barsteel, cut to length you want.

Grind all edges rounded, drill holes, prime paint, and install!!

You could even bolt 2 bars on for twice the weight gain.

Might cost you for the steel about $10.00!!

Fred :lol:


Author: Emmo

Date: 12 Feb 2006 3:46 pm

You can post video via this link

http://www.putfile.com/


Author: NurseDaddy

Date: 12 Feb 2006 4:10 pm

thanks emmo, I tried them but it halted mid-way.

So, I went elsewhere.

Video link is on another post.

ND


Author: newjerseybt
Subject: Riding up on snow

Date: 12 Feb 2006 8:50 pm

Hi ND:

I have a 325 pound 1128DLE with a weight kit. What I have learned especially in this storm is to try to keep the machine straight especially in the snow we had today.

What happens when you go off the sidewalk, the right or left skid goes up on the grass while the other skid remains on the walk. That produces a 1/2 inch thick slab that is NOT cleared. What makes the problem worse is that the machine and your feet compress the snow. Today's snowfall packed very easily.

Even with a weight kit, the compressed snow/ice is much harder to remove, even minutes later.

I was thinking of throwing a bag of ice-melt on the blower intake to see what happens. You might want to try the same thing and experiment before purchasing a weight kit.


Author: bontai Joe

Date: 12 Feb 2006 10:27 pm

NOW I wish I had bought one of these at half price from Home Depot. Nice video! Nicer machine!!!


Author: Chris S

Date: 12 Feb 2006 10:42 pm

bontai Joe wrote:
Would wheel weights work, or do you need the weight elsewhere to be effective?

No Joe it is not a problem with traction, it is the fact that the auger housing, even on a large machine is not particularly heavy, add to that the engine is acting like a counter balance to the rear of the machine and there in lies you problem when you hit deep snow, especially heavy deep snow. The weights that you can add to the top of the housing are a solution as is tracks.
C