Hello All, im very old school and believe that a rebuilt older ariens is cost effective, more reliable than a newer ariens unit.
Im sure there are differing opinions, as people can be brand loyal or believe what salesmen tell them, or just believe what they want to and thats ok. Im not wanting to start a bashing discussion, just offer some advice from a user & mechanics point of view.
My preferred machine of choice is a 1980 to 1988 32" machine like a 924044 or similar. Between buying a donor machine, new 13 HP b&s engine, all bearings / belts/ bushings and worn items, doing the work yourself you can have a rock solid - bulletproof- reliable machine for around a thousand bucks. In comparison to what a thousand bucks buys you today for a new machine, it is an easy decision to the informed person.
You can choose other models to rebuild if wanting different bucket sizes, but the 32" will make quick work of your task in a short amount of time, which is your goal in business. I have several older ariens machines that I have re-powered and refurbished, they are awesome machines and perform well. I've modified them a little bit, but thats what motorheads do.
Orangputeh it's too bad your soo far away from me, I'd build you one **** of a machine that you would enjoy using. Im just finishing up a 32" machine i put a 12.5 LCT engine on, completely refurbished & painted that ill be selling for around $950.
You might find a forum member near you that rebuilds snowblowers and see what he recommends for your needs. Just ask if you have any questions about older ariens, id be glad to help in any way i can.
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