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Any info on this Ariens S17 (seller calls it a 724)?

I'm considering buying this Ariens S17 (which the seller calls an Ariens 724 with a 7hp and 24" swath) for only $125. It seems like a decent deal, and he says it works well except that the choke switch is broken. I can't seems to find any information on the Ariens S17 online. Is this a decent machine? Is the S17 and 724 the same thing? Any idea on how old it would be based off the picture?

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Also, apparently it doesn't have electric start. Would this blower be a bear to pull start if I'm storing outside under a tarp with temperatures typically in the range of -15C to 0C (i.e. 5F to 32F)?
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never heard of an s17 are you sure the 1 Is not a T? as in a ST724 Or similar. Electric start will help in the cold. Usually a good well maintained will start in 1-2 pulls. You will definitely need the choke to be fixed however to get it to start properly.

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never heard of an s17 are you sure the 1 Is not a T? as in a ST724 Or simular
You are a genius the seller just sent me another email calling is an "ST724". I guess the "24" portion of the sticker has either come off, or is in a different font or something. I guess I should be able to find more info online now

Is the Ariens ST724 a decent machine? Could it handle heavier snow left by residential snow plows? Will I have trouble pull starting if if it's stored outside under a tarp in the cold?

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the choke pieces are cheap.

It does have electric start I can see it in the picture. maybe it is just broken. bolt on a new starter and go.

In the picture directly to the right of the gas cap is the starter switch box shaped like a upside down T with the wire coming out.
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You are a genius the seller just sent me another email calling is an "ST724". I guess the "24" portion of the sticker has either come off, or is in a different font or something. I guess I should be able to find more info online now

Is the Ariens ST724 a decent machine? Could it handle heavier snow left by residential snow plows? Will I have trouble pull starting if if it's stored outside under a tarp in the cold?

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Most Ariens are decent and for the price you posted I would grab it (in my case) I do not have any experience with that particular but as a whole Ariens usually has good machines. Starting it all depends on how it is stored and taken care of. A good well maintained snowblower can usually start in 1 to 2 pulls. If you want an electric start they can be added. Just check the flywheel to see if it has a ring of gears on it Sometimes the engine even has writing that says it can be added. I would suggest taking a look at it. There is a video on Donyboy73 youtube saying what to Look for. If you want I can find the video for you. It goes over the parts you should look over before diving into a snowblower.

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Thanks guys. I guess for $125 I don't have a lot to lose. To have a mechanic replace/repair the choke switch and electric starter, would I be looking at about $200 for the repairs? Unfortunately, I'm not a handy person to do this stuff on my own
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the choke parts are about $10, electric starter about $80. A good mechanical person could put those pieces on in about 15 minutes tops.

I am not sure based solely on the look of that machine that it is right for you since you are not handy. It looks to have had a life on the harder side or just not cared for. With the above and a basic service/tune you will be in easily over $300.

$125 is great for a person doing the work themselves.

what area are you in? Maybe the is another near you. I personally would offer $80. To help with repairs.
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I see them for sale here from time to time. They seem like a compact smaller and lighter blower for areas that don't get a lot of snow.

Listed as ST7 here. I think the handles say ST724, but it isn't in the picture. (overpriced)
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the choke pieces are cheap.

It does have electric start I can see it in the picture. maybe it is just broken. bolt on a new starter and go.

In the picture directly to the right of the gas cap is the starter switch box shaped like a upside down T with the wire coming out.
Good eye TD!
As to the starter being "broken", I'd be inclined to take it off real quick and bench test it and clean and lube it. Good chance it just needs a little TLC.

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