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newtonian


Location: Windsor CT
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2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Original Message   Aug 2, 2011 9:34 pm
Just bought an Ariens ST24DLE, Model  921017.  Seems a good deal at $1200 new, being delivered from new incoming stock in two weeks.

Is it being replaced by something else soon.... will there be a newer model with improvements worthwhile waiting for?

I think what I bought was a good choice.   Very easy maneuverability is prime concern.  Was it?



This message was modified Aug 9, 2011 by newtonian


2012 Ariens ST24DLE
Semi Retired Ariens 9526 in active reserve
Unknown vintage 5HP Ariens to restore

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mml4


Snow is good,
Deep snow is better!


Joined: Dec 31, 2003
Points: 541

Re: Upcoming Ariens Model replacing ST24DLE?
Reply #3   Aug 7, 2011 5:35 am
newtonian wrote:
Thanks for that information, I had no idea.  Can you elaborate on the "etc" of what the differences are?

The literature I was given include:
  • In-dash halogen headlight provides bright illumination
  • Heavy-duty XS aluminum auger gear case with alloy steel gears for durability
so appears it is the older model.  Are they still being distributed?  It's being shipped in from someplace - could be another dealers obsolete inventory for all I know. 

Since it was bought sight unseen, I was told it could readily be returned before or at delivery.  Should we opt for the newer model?


Same deal as buying a left over car-If you get a good discount then by all means take advantage of it otherwise I would want the latest model. Marc
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newtonian


Location: Windsor CT
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Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #4   Aug 15, 2011 6:27 pm
Was delivered today, serial number starts with 036xxx and it's the newer model for sure.

Quite an impressive machine!  Was able to nimbly do tight figure 8's in the yard and the controls are a cinch to use.  It's well balanced on the wheels, and if snowmann's checking up on this, the only recommendation I'd have is to add a throttle control on the dash or at least a means of quickly shutting it down, and to include a power cord. 

Two questions.  The manual states it has dual belts.  Do they do the same thing... ie making it fail safe for awhile if one breaks, or is it for transferring adequate power or both?  And can a throttle control be added?

All in all a happy camper here!

2012 Ariens ST24DLE
Semi Retired Ariens 9526 in active reserve
Unknown vintage 5HP Ariens to restore

Snowmann


Joined: Dec 3, 2003
Points: 494

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #5   Aug 20, 2011 1:59 pm
newtonian wrote:
Was delivered today, serial number starts with 036xxx and it's the newer model for sure.

Quite an impressive machine!  Was able to nimbly do tight figure 8's in the yard and the controls are a cinch to use.  It's well balanced on the wheels, and if snowmann's checking up on this, the only recommendation I'd have is to add a throttle control on the dash or at least a means of quickly shutting it down, and to include a power cord. 

Two questions.  The manual states it has dual belts.  Do they do the same thing... ie making it fail safe for awhile if one breaks, or is it for transferring adequate power or both?  And can a throttle control be added?

All in all a happy camper here!

I don't believe a remote throttle can be added without significant modification to the engine.

The dual belts share the load so they don't slip or elongate under sustained maximum load. Continuous slippage can reduce the impeller speed 5-10% affecting performance. The heat generated from this reduces the belt life. The tensile cord elongation from overloading a single belt also reduces belt tension and amplifies the aforementioned problem necessitating more frequent maintenance adjustments. Once the continued elongation unseats or snaps a tensile cord, the belt is not long for this world. That said, the dual auger belt system adds significant robustness to the machine.
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newtonian


Location: Windsor CT
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Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #6   Aug 27, 2011 3:11 pm
Thank you for the clear and concise explanation.  It's good to have an understanding of the proper functions.

2012 Ariens ST24DLE
Semi Retired Ariens 9526 in active reserve
Unknown vintage 5HP Ariens to restore

mmiguy


Joined: Sep 15, 2010
Points: 11

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #7   Sep 2, 2011 12:55 pm
Can you retrofit a 2010/2011 to the new control system/dash? Does it use the same handles from the base to the control panel?
Snowmann


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Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #8   Sep 5, 2011 3:57 pm
mmiguy wrote:
Can you retrofit a 2010/2011 to the new control system/dash? Does it use the same handles from the base to the control panel?

Same lower h-bar but everything above that is new (including the wire harness, cables, chute crank, and at least one shift rod). It is retrofitable but it would be expensive to retrofit that entire module.
slinger


Joined: Sep 22, 2010
Points: 151

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #9   Sep 18, 2011 3:03 pm
I figured that Ariens might change the operation of the chute rotation control.  It really was a bad design.  I know because I own last year's Platinum 24 model.  The whole dash portion of the rotation control mechanism was kind of hokey.  I modified mine to work much better than the factory version, and mentioned it in this forum last year.  I will have to go visit a dealer to see if they did, and if so, what they came up with.
mmiguy


Joined: Sep 15, 2010
Points: 11

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #10   Sep 19, 2011 10:04 am
I have a last year platinum 24 as well. Not real happy with the rotational chute control either. I think they should offer a rebuild kit as it just isn't precise and flops around. I'd be interested in making changes if I knew what to change. I bought Ariens after using them my whole life. When I finally get in a position to buy a new one I find myself in this position. This isn't the cheap model, I shouldn't have issues. If it was an adjustment, it wouldn't have been redesigned. What should be done with this?
grump


Joined: Jan 14, 2008
Points: 58

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #11   Dec 9, 2012 8:54 pm
Where's the spark plug on this model?
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Bill_H


Location: Maine
Joined: Jan 12, 2008
Points: 354

Re: 2011 Ariens Model ST24DLE (921017) Changes
Reply #12   Dec 9, 2012 8:58 pm
Try googling the B&S model number, sometimes you get lucky.

Who the hell let all the morning people run things?
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