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Help Deciding on Used Ariens

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I'm located in CT and am looking to replace my Toro 824XL with a bigger machine. I've found a few listed in my area and wanted input on the prices. They all appear to be in very good condition. These are all prices that they're listed at

- looks to be a 926LE (926101) for $650

- ST1128LE (924121) for $800

- 11528LE (unsure on model #, says it's from 2006 or 2007) for $775

Any pros\cons to look for? Known issues each one may have had? Thank you!
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All those prices seem way high to me, but I'm in MI, I know the East Coast runs higher. The 926 models had a belt upgrade (went to 2 auger belts, double pto sheave, 2 auger pulleys). Check if the machine has the upgrades. They also had a belt cover leak that was retro fit with a baffle kit fitted to disperse water away from the area. Can't remember if it was specific to Tecumseh engines or Briggs, but think it was only seen on on the Tecumseh models? I have a sticky stored somewhere I'll look around for. Just my opinion, but with those prices for used, I'd just buy a new one and not chase other people's problems or unknown maintenance history. Those prices are basically double what those machines would sell for around me (sell for, not listed for) on CL I think those are all Tecumseh engine models also. Tecumseh is no longer around so a potential bargaining point if you indeed want to make an offer on one if it's in particularly good shape?
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All of those prices seem high to me..
although! you have two factors that increase price:

1. your location: Add on $100 just for living in the Boston, New York City, Philly, DC corridor, compared to the Great-Lakes or Mid-West.
2. The date, add on $100 for being early winter, the most expensive time of year to buy a snowblower.

with those both factored in, the prices might not be unreasonable.

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looks to be a 926LE (926101) for $650
Made two model years, 2005 and 2006, 11 or 12 years old.
a "Pro series" machine..
Price of a similar model in 2012 was $2,000..This one probably sold for $1,600 or so when new.
So IMO $650 isnt bad, if everything is in good condition.
(and if you really want or need a "Pro series" machine.)

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ST1128LE (924121) for $800
i dont have it listed here:
The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.
but based on the model number, its probably about a 2004.
Probably similar to the Pro series machine above, but from before the 926000 series was created.
No differential though on this one..I would say $800 is definately too high.
Because this one is a LE, but not a DLE, it is not technicalyl a Pro Series machine, just a small step below the Pro series.

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11528LE (unsure on model #, says it's from 2006 or 2007) for $775
Also a 2004, approx, 924000 series..Same description as the middle machine, above.

These are all quite similar machines! The first one, the 926101, is "Pro series"..
the other two are "nearly Pro" series in specs, but no differential.

I think the 926101 has a differential, but im not 100% sure..I will check.

Prices are probably reasonable, given the age, specs, location and time of year.
Condition and care/maintenance by previous owners are the unknown factors, which are also very important.

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I think the 926101 has a differential, but im not 100% sure..I will check.
Update..it does *not* have a differential:

http://apache.ariens.com/manuals/00483700_ENG.pdf

Which means all three of these machines are basically the same..

926LE (926101) for $650
9HP, 26" bucket, light, electric start.

ST1128LE (924121) for $800
11HP, 28" bucket, light, electric start.

11528LE (unsure on model #, says it's from 2006 or 2007) for $775
11.5HP, 28" bucket, light, electric start.
its not from 2006 or 2007..its a 2004 at the latest.

These are essentially identical in age and specs..
One is a 926000 series only because its a year or two newer than the others, and it was built after the switch to 926000 series.

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Wow thanks for all of the info! I haven't been able to go look at any of them yet in person but may try to soon. Here is a picture of the 11528LE (with no model number yet) if that helps determine an age for it: https://images.craigslist.org/00x0x_...C_1200x900.jpg
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I don't know where in CT you are, but would you consider an older Ariens with "real" pro features?

Like new ariens st1028 commercial

It's probably a mid 90s model (924086). Cast iron gearbox, 6-blade impeller, locking differential, and super tall chute.


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Wow thanks for all of the info! I haven't been able to go look at any of them yet in person but may try to soon. Here is a picture of the 11528LE (with no model number yet) if that helps determine an age for it: https://images.craigslist.org/00x0x_...C_1200x900.jpg
2004, model 924125.

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I don't know where in CT you are, but would you consider an older Ariens with "real" pro features?

Like new ariens st1028 commercial

It's probably a mid 90s model (924086). Cast iron gearbox, 6-blade impeller, locking differential, and super tall chute.
Ah, I just contacted him - it sold!
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Any thoughts on this one? Price is higher than the others but looks to be a 2013 model. Rebuilt engine worries me though..

https://hartford.craigslist.org/for/5916093321.html
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These machines all started with a similar price point, there's no real reason they should be that expensive used IF you look at what's available new, IMO. I understand it's a geographic in nature, but new prices are the same all over. The used prices you have going there seem like generator prices after Katrina.
Open a HD credit card account and keep some cash in your pocket for stocking stuffers, get a warranty, throw snow into your neighbor's yard and start your own maintenance record. Just my thoughts.
Keep in mind, I am running a '79 Ariens I wouldn't trade for any of those used blowers, but I'd consider this Toro as my neighbor has one. The quick stick is by far the best control on the market, and it throws any snow anywhere without any mods.
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