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Advice on a Used Ariens ST724

Hey guys posted earlier on a different ariens unit and was sold before i could even get advice on it, found another one this one is a ST724, seller says its about 20 years old, he paid 1174 for it couple years ago that its in great condition garaged kept, saying that has all paperwork and that hes only used about 20 times, he asking $400 but i think good chance I can maybe get for $300. just man seems like a lot for a 20 year old machine, just looking to get your guys opinion if its worth the money. Here are some pictures, my budget is around $300 and this is my first time buying a blower would like something that will last a bit. live in chicago i have a big driveway, its more long then wide, im open to suggestions for something in the $300 range, thank you all again in advanced.
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Welcome to the forum! The machine looks to be in great shape, but the price seems a bit high to me, at least based on machines in the Boston area. I think $300 would be more like what I'd be willing to pay. It has an OHV Tecumseh engine, so the machine can't be too old, but it's 7hp.

The larger ST824 is a fairly common machine, and I see them listed on the Chicago Craigslist. This one is $295, 8hp, he claims good condition, though you'd want to get pictures (and maybe post them here) for more details.

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https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/g...792350766.html

What kind of storms do you get? How much snow, and is it wet, or dry? If you're getting big storms (say 12"+), and/or it's wet, you want enough power that you can clear quickly. Having more than 7hp, if possible, might be nice. Saying it's a big driveway is a tricky description, since that may mean something different to each person. Any idea of how long and how wide?

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How long is your driveway? Single car... double car ..etc? Incline or flat? Any sidewalk to be cleared? If so, how much?

In New England, that ST724 would probably sell for right around $250. Seller might get $300 if the used snow blower market starts to tighten up, but lack of snow has really kept the prices low.

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hey man thanks for your quick response, im pretty sure I can get him down to $300, and from the pics it does look to be in really good shape, im a complete noob with snow blowers so just wanted to make sure a near 20 year old machine was worth the asking price, my driveway is about 150 feet long by about 10-12ft wide. living in chicago we get all kinds of snow, in extreme cases we can get about 12" and up but thats kind of rare. i would say most storms gets up about less then a foot of snow and it can be dry or wet.
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If I was looking for snow blower in your market.... I would be ALL OVER this machine. Brand Spanking New for $500 See if you can get another $50.00 off and steal the machine.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/g...797324196.html

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If I was looking for snow blower in your market.... I would be ALL OVER this machine. Brand Spanking New for $500 See if you can get another $50.00 off and steal the machine.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/g...797324196.html

Ariens 24 Classic with 208cc engine and 9.5ft/lbs of torque



i get an error when i click the link, any chance you can double check it for me so i can take a peak? thanks again!
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$300 -$400 is a good price range...that machine is clean and harldy used...
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https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/g...797324196.html

Sorry. Not sure why the original link didn't work

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How long is your driveway? Single car... double car ..etc? Incline or flat? Any sidewalk to be cleared? If so, how much?

In New England, that ST724 would probably sell for right around $250. Seller might get $300 if the used snow blower market starts to tighten up, but lack of snow has really kept the prices low.



150 ft long by about 10-12ft wide does have a sidewalk/pathway i have to clear to get to front door 20ft long by maybe 3ft wide, its pretty much flat no incline,
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https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/g...797324196.html

Sorry. Not sure why the original link didn't work

got it thanks! wow that really is a nice machine, hes about 1.5 hours away from me in Indiana and seems firm on $500 and thats about $200 more then I wanted to spend, but it is brand new, when you factor in a 20 year old machine is 300 and a brand new one is only 200 more it really does make me want to consider the new one.
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