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Cute little 1969-70 Ariens Sno-Thro 20"

Just picked up this cute baby 2 stager from a member on here to give her another chance and a brand new lease on life. I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as small as it is but I love it. This machine will be perfect for tight areas. Currently on loan to my friend since he's blower less at the moment but I plan to go through this machine mechanically and bring her up to snuff.
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Look at that cast iron crankcase.

Are those bolts as shear pins?

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Yes, one is a bolt. The other is a proper shear pin. This will be fixed.
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the only thing don't like about these little sweethearts is the two shaft engine...it limits my hotrodding them......
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the only thing don't like about these little sweethearts is the two shaft engine...it limits my hotrodding them......
I was thinking about hotrodding this one but the original engine runs so smooth and flawlessly that I'm just going to leave well enough alone. Just went over most of the mechanicals and the machine seems pretty solid. Can't wait to try it out in the snow.

Anyone have any recommendations on what to do about the bald tires? The tires are quite small and I can't think of anything that would fit these rims properly.
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I'm honestly not even sure if there's enough tread left on these tires for chains.
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It's a nice little machine. What's the HP on it? With a small bucket like that the engine will rarely be overtaxed.
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It's a nice little machine. What's the HP on it? With a small bucket like that the engine will rarely be overtaxed.
The engine appears to be a 4HP, definitely made by Tecumseh. The impeller appears to spin at a lower RPM compared to my larger machines. Four foward speeds, one reverse. Speeds 3 and 4 make you jog along side the machines and 1 seems to be appropriate for moderate snow fall. As much as I'd love to try this machine out, my friend is going to get to use it before I do.
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I just did over a Toro 521 and a 421. They remind me a lot of your little girl. Light, easy to run, and good for tight spots.
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