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Hello new to the forum.

Would like some opinions on which of the 2 used Professional 28 snow blowers I found you'd prefer.

I found 2 on Craigslist local to me


1.) 2014 Ariens Professional 28
$1,100 Firm
Listed 2 days ago
Original Owner and bought Fall 2014
The seller is an engineer, truthful and very nice. Reason for sale is he's moving to NYC for a new job.
All receipts and manuals included in sale.
Mobile 1 oil & spark plug every year.
You can tell he's very paticular with maintenance.
Includes plastic and steel shoes.
Used to only clear a 20x40 paved driveway
THE BAD:
He had a 10x20 side driveway of 1/2" to 3/4" stone/gravel installed last year. So the machine cleared that for only the last season. The seller admitted he did break one auger shear pin. The chute does have some chipping in the paint but no dents. The impeller is not bent but does have slight wear on the leading edge of the impeller blades. The paint on the inside of the impeller housing is down to bare metal but not rusted.

2.) 2014 Ariens Professional 28
$1,400 Firm
Listed a month ago.
Original owner was 87 and passed away.
Bought new Fall 2014
Extra bag of shear pins included
The grandson-inlaw is selling it from the estate.
The grandson states it was hardly used as the grandfather was to weak to use it. He stated that he bought it on a whim and the family shook there heads. So it basically sat the entire time of ownership and they highered a landscape company for the snow removal.
In the pictures the machine really looks brand new including the inside of the impeller and bucket.
THE BAD:
All manuals and receipts where lost in the sale of the estate.
The oil has never been changed from new and no maintenance has been done ever. He said the gas in it is 2 or 3 years old and quickly "claimed" stabilizer was added at the time of storage after I asked if the fuel was old. He was also short with me when I questioned the maintenance and said the machine was hardly used not requireing any.

Which one would you choose?

Many thanks in advance!

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Definitely the first one. I have a paved driveway and any of the small rocks that the plows kick up and push into my driveway have lightly knicked my impeller housing after a single season. I always keep my augers, and the impeller and chute coated in fluid film to prevent corrosion. You can't undo the maintenance that wasn't done on the second one.

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Even though they say "firm", it is August. Offer them about $200 under asking price, and I'd buy whoever bites on your offer.



I would not be too concerned about the lack of maintenance on #2. You may have to run some carb cleaner thru it, and change the oil, but if it hasn't been used that much, then very little damage was done. Just my $0.02
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Either 1 I would Dick around on the Price. the old saying still goes. Money talks and the BULLSPIT WALKS!!!!!!!!! Anyhoo ALOHA From The Paradise City.

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#1 machine: Started at $1,500. I got him down to $1,100 firm.

#2 machine: Ad says $1,400 and he will not budge at all, I tried.
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#1 machine: Started at $1,500. I got him down to $1,100 firm.

#2 machine: Ad says $1,400 and he will not budge at all, I tried.
Got any Pics???????????????????

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My quandary is I like the idea of machine #2 being brand new. Basically getting a brand new $2,200 machine fo $1,400. However it's been sitting for 3 or more years with the same fuel. I know when ethonol reacts with moisture it creates rust in places like the cylinder wall and fuel tank not to mention gumming up the carb. The oil has never been changed and still has the breaking in oil. It hasn't been run much but regardless has the factory metel shaving floating around in there I'm sure.

Machine #1 the seller is a genuine guy and was religious with maintenance. It's $300 cheaper but was used for 4 seasons on a small driveway and sucked up a decent amount of rocks.

Machine #1 also has wider tires and comes with synthetic shoes as well as the original metal ones
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Get the 1st one. they all get the SNOT kicked out of them. the minute you use them. so to put it this way it is only going to be pretty when it sits on the showroom floor. he picked up rocks and you will pick up rocks and chuck them just as far as he did. It is just the circle of life.

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My vote is machine 2. I like the fact of a unused machine regardless of the old gas. There's no rust on the cylinder walls and if there was, seconds after running it would be gone. Wider tires are cool looking but narrow tires give better traction as there is more weight per square inch, wide tires float.

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