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Hi all, I just picked this blower up off the side of the road. I was going to buy a new one this year but financials don't allow it. Hopefully I'm not getting myself into trouble with this baby but I do have a history in auto repair. I've just started looking into documentation on it and learning a bit about it. I am a complete noob when it comes to snow blowers but I do have experience with small engines. Just thought I would share with you as I know I will need help on it at some point. Thanks in advance! I'm excited to check this thing out and get it running.

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Model h-60 75003h
Serial 8164 06044

Thrower:
Model 10995
Serial 00975
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If the motor is not any good, throw a HF Predator on it...either way that machine will last a lifetime...or more.
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Awesome! Glad to hear it's a good blower!
I've used a predator before years ago on a splitter and it did work good. I'll have to check in on it and see if it's still running good.
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I am not familiar with your Ariens, so my comments are general in nature. Your machine may be a little different.

Since the engine runs and the blower throws far the engine may not need replacement. The transmission appears to be the area of concern and it is usually easy to repair and not expensive.

To access the trans empty the gas from tank and drain the carb as precautions. Oil in the engine crankcase is usually well sealed. Lift the machine up by the handles to rest vertically on the bucket. Never did that with a rounded front to the bucket so it may need to be stabilized and wheels chocked. There is a belly pan closing off the bottom of the chassis secured with 4 or 6 screws. After removal of the pan you will see the transmission. Likely a rubber tired disc that has a small clearance (about 1/8") from a round drive plate. The wheel drive clutch lever pulls the drive plate toward the rubber tired disc to power the wheels. Likely problems would include worn out rubber on the disc, or clutch adjustment not correct. The rubber tired disc is moved by the gear selection mechanism across the face of the round drive plate to select different gears. Reverse is on one side of center while Forward is the other side of center. Machine speed will be faster as the disc approaches the outside of the drive plate. The disc is usually attached to a hex shaft to allow movement across the plate surface by the gear selector. The hex shaft needs to be lightly greased to allow free movement.

The other things to check would be excess play in the cross shaft bearings/bushings that may affect engagement of the drive.

Ariens would likely have an owner manual and parts manual for your machine. See Ariens support for manuals and provide model and serial and request pdf documents for owner and another for parts. You may be able to get a service manual too.

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Thank you for all the detailed advice Town! I will definitely be looking at those areas!
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If you haven't run across it yet this is a very handy site for anyone with an older Ariens. https://scotlawrence.github.io/ariens/index.html

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Awesome, I had not found that yet. Looks very helpful. Thank you!
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So this is the third model/serial # tag and I would assume next to it should be the stamped in frame numbers? But I cant find stamped numbers in the frame next to any of the 3 tags.( I especially looked in the back and side areas below the engine.) I sent in the numbers I have so far to ariens and they said I am missing something still. Was this unit assembled after purchase? Hence the no stamped numbers or am I just blind?

I still haven't had time to tear into it yet so sorry no more pictures yet.
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Based on the features and numbers we can see, its most likely a 1968 model 10969.
I would say 80% likely.


6hp matches that model, Tecumseh serial matches 1968.
The bucket model doesnt match 1968 though..
probably the bucket and tractor came from two different sources..but thats not a problem, because all the buckets from the 10,000 series are essentially identical, regardless of year.


So, thats what I would call it!
1968 model 10969
Tecumseh H60 engine, 6HP.



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Awesome! Thank you!

Well I took a look yesterday. I can't believe how simple this system is!!!! A much easier transmission to diagnose than an automotive one! And it appears to just need some love.

The clutch was too tight, (see pic)I loosened the rod about 3/4" and now the rubber contacts the disc solidly but still comfortably disengages. Also as was said before the hex shaft was sticky and once I cleaned it, the gear selector worked nicely.(before and after pic) It was out of adjustment a tad too so I went to turn the rod and snapped it. It looks like it had already been damaged( rust in the break area-see pic). Also I assume the shifting rod is not supposed to be bent in the threaded area?(see pic) Looks like someone was having a hard time shifting and tried forcing it a few times.

Lastly I am certainly missing some air filter components.(see pic) How much am I missing guys? With the model/serial numbers I have and gave Ariens, they haven't sent me any manuals on the engine....
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