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About to buy Ariens 926LE but...

I'm going to look at a 2009 Ariens 926LE with a 9.5 Briggs & Stratton engine. It looks to be in decent shape from what I can tell, nothing a can of matching orange paint can't fix but there's a catch, it doesn't start. When the cord is pulled you just hear a tick and it doesn't recoil, the seller says. Either a spring or something simple, perhaps a whole new starting coil maybe?

Price is negotiable, currently $250, but it seems like a great fixer-upper machine to try out myself and give to my brother or grandfather when I'm done.

Thoughts/Opinions, any other things to be wary of on this model/year?




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Are you saying you pull the cord and the cord stays out? How are you getting it back in again, by using your fingers on the starter recoil disk? Is the ticking coming from the recoil? If it's not from the engine it's a good deal, not a great deal. You can remove the starter assembly and see what's wrong, also this gives you the opportunity to wrap a cord around the crankshaft and try to start it. Spray some ether in the carb.

Doesn't it have an electric starter?
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Did you try the elec start and did you move the augers to make the gear box was working.

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Yes, the cord stays out. How he got it back in I don't know nor did I ask. The only mention in the ad is that it needs a new starter though if it's something simple I'm sure it could be fixed. Based on the listing, text message of known problem and photo, it does not have an electric start. He bought a new Ariens rather than dealing with fixing this one as he didn't have the time nor interest in dealing with an older machine.

As for price, we're talking CAD here. This machine sold for $1800+tax locally when new, they don't give away snowblowers here for a song and a dance like you can get south of the boarder.

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Did you try the elec start and did you move the augers to make the gear box was working.
Haven't put my hands on it yet, earliest he's available is tomorrow evening.

Just trying to get a feel from everyone about this particular machine. Aside from the starting issue, is it considered reliable and trouble free or the black sheep among Ariens models. Everything I've read so far it seems fairly neutral.

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I'm rebuilding a 1027LE which is very similar, From searching about the 1027 a lot of info on the 926, The biggest issue was the auger pulley had issues eating belts but there was a few fixes and Ariens came out with a double pulley kit to fix the issue using two belts, I have one on order because the 1027 uses the same pulley. Amazingly the kit is only $55 and comes with all the parts, I could barely just buy the pulley for that price and I get new belts too. (I had to cut the pulley off to remove it)
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I have a 926LE. Great machine if maintained. I eventually changed the gear box after hitting too many papers and such here but that was after 12 years and a bag or so of pins. My auger never ate the belts and is still at one belt. I am converting it to auto turn next week if the parts show up.

I find the electric start sometimes loosens up and can be confused for failing to work.
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I have a 926LE. Great machine if maintained. I eventually changed the gear box after hitting too many papers and such here but that was after 12 years and a bag or so of pins. My auger never ate the belts and is still at one belt. I am converting it to auto turn next week if the parts show up.

I find the electric start sometimes loosens up and can be confused for failing to work.
Keep us posted on how the auto turn works out on it, they make a kit for the 1027LE also and I've been debating it. Gotta get the rebuild finished first though.
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I have a 926LE. Great machine if maintained... My auger never ate the belts and is still at one belt.

I find the electric start sometimes loosens up and can be confused for failing to work.
Thanks for the info!

I'm most likely going to buy it once I check it I over tomorrow, assuming it fits in a Honda Element, lol. If I can get it anywhere near $200 I think it's a great deal, add on $20 in paint and $60 in parts. It was serviced at the original dealer since new so I don't expect too many surprises. Belts were replaced last year as well.

I could be mistaken but I don't believe the B&S had dual impeller/auger shaft pulleys or was that a later implementation?

No electric start on this machine either, from what I gather. It may have had it when new but it's no where in sight in the photos.

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From your first picture it MOST DEFINITELY shows a 120volt starter. It is located underneath the fuel tank. Plug in an extension cord , put throttle half way, full choke, two pumps from primer and hit the RED BUTTON on the side of the starter. Hopefully it will fire up for you.

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