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Red face Should i buy this Ariens 36 inch?

Hello,

This is my first post here. Probably not the last.

I am about to go to meet a guy to see about this Ariens 36 inch 10 HP blower.



1. How old is this machine?

2 Is it a good deal at $300 if everything works properly?
3 Are there replacement parts for it when things break?
4. Please feel free to give any advice when going to purchase as to what to do to it to make sure its a solid machine. I was told that it is super solid and had the carb just replaced, and no other issues.














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I heard those old Ariens snowblowers are well made (thicker metal and everything), but they are old and don't sell very well. They seemed to throw big volumes of snow, but not very far (it is just how they were made). Those big wheels look good, but they have zero traction (install chains on them is a must).

There is no way you can find OEM parts for those 30 years old, or more snowblowers. Used parts maybe available if you are lucky. I saw people on here having trouble to find parts for those snowblowers.

Unless you are handy and you want it as a project (modify and restore it), you should look for something else. Unliked old classic cars, not many people want vintage snowblowers. That snowblower for $300 is a "nah" for me. For $200 more, you should be able to find a good used snowblower. Ariens is the right choice.

Used snowblower is used. They have wore out parts and rust. They will need maintenance. Even my 10 years old Ariens have rust and many things to be replaced. Most people don't take care of their snowblowers.
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Looks More like a 32" Machine, and it's the Earlier Round Bucket. I have one, it's my Go-To Machine. Virtually Bulletproof, Add Impeller Seal, and swap out Chute with a Taller One, and that will Kick Ass, and Last for Years with No plastic Bullshit or cables to Break. Ariens is Very Good with Parts Availability, even with the Older Units. If it Runs and works, Buy It- It looks to be in Good Shape. Make Sure You get the Airbox/Carb Cover.
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Looks More like a 32" Machine, and it's the Earlier Round Bucket. I have one, it's my Go-To Machine. Virtually Bulletproof, Add Impeller Seal, and swap out Chute with a Taller One, and that will Kick Ass, and Last for Years with No plastic Bullshit or cables to Break. Ariens is Very Good with Parts Availability, even with the Older Units. If it Runs and works, Buy It- It looks to be in Good Shape. Make Sure You get the Airbox/Carb Cover.
Paint looks good for a 30-50 years old snowblowers. I wonder if it is lead paint.
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If you get it, I would put on some XTrac tires …. I would not put chains on those lawn tires, you'll bounce that machine creating all kinds of issues and early wear. See if you can get it down in price, since you have to put on new tires.

I have quite a few of the older units, there solid and work great.
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I agree..it is a 32.....bulletproof, add chains, tall chute, impeller kit and you can run with the big boys. If the Tec craps out.....a 420 cc Predator and no one will ever keep up....I've got a few just like that one....love them.
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Paint looks good for a 30-50 years old snowblowers. I wonder if it is lead paint.
Even if it is lead paint, do you really think kids, or anyone else is going to eat it off a snowblower ?
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Paint looks good for a 30-50 years old snowblowers. I wonder if it is lead paint.
Whatever that Paint is, it is Very Tough and Durable. Two Things I didn't like from Ariens was the Powdercoating and the Bronze Auger Gear that came in the ST's.
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