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New or Used?

What a great site! I have been reading multiple posts but have yet to come across this type of thread.

I have a four car driveway (roughly 60ft) that is currently serviced by an MTD/Yard Machines 2005. This machine has always been kept in my shed and other than changing the carb this year has done very well. However, for various reasons, I am finding myself in need of a second unit.

I have read through the various arguments from the Toro/Simplicity/Husky crowd but have decided on an Ariens.

That being said, should I go new or used?

I love the look/reliability/possible attachments of the vintage models. However, what are the reasons not to pursue these?

I like the simplicity/not inherited other's problems of the new models. Not sure where I stand on the turn assist. Also, not a big fan of the $$$.

Thoughts? Thank you for any help you can provide.
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I am a fan of the vintage Ariens, but you will need to know how to turn a wrench if you want one of those, but can be had cheap, built solid, easy to work on, and easy to repower with the 99.00 Predator if need be. You can forget the Trac Attachments, as they are not many around, too expensive if they are, and will usually need a lot of work.
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What a great site! I have been reading multiple posts but have yet to come across this type of thread.

I have a four car driveway (roughly 60ft) that is currently serviced by an MTD/Yard Machines 2005. This machine has always been kept in my shed and other than changing the carb this year has done very well. However, for various reasons, I am finding myself in need of a second unit.

I have read through the various arguments from the Toro/Simplicity/Husky crowd but have decided on an Ariens.

That being said, should I go new or used?

I love the look/reliability/possible attachments of the vintage models. However, what are the reasons not to pursue these?

I like the simplicity/not inherited other's problems of the new models. Not sure where I stand on the turn assist. Also, not a big fan of the $$$.

Thoughts? Thank you for any help you can provide.

Saw You are in New England. I have a Nice Assortment of Ariens Machines in Central Ma. if you are Looking for Used.

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Personally I wouldn't buy a new one just because I don't trust their reliability. I think a well cared for used machine would be cheaper to maintain and probably last a lot longer as well.
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Depending upon your needs, your wallet, and your mechanical abilities or desires to wrench, I'd recommend new or used. All depends. If you want to save a lot of money and have time to find a really good used Ariens, you can't go wrong it. If you need a machine like yesterday, and have a good amount of blowing to do, buying a middle to higher end new Ariens you can't go wrong. Just a matter of preference. I have one of each, old 1975 Ariens and a brand new 2019 28" RapidTrak Pro. Each has there benefits.

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Hi fordguy2018

First... I'd like to welcome you to the forum!

Second....I'd get in my car and drive to Jackmels asap and work out a price on an old, reliable Ariens!

I have a 1969 10,000 series and love her! I bet you can't get 50 years out of to many new blower models including Ariens. I did have to do a repower predator engine this past summer, but what a fun project. If you don't want to work on it, I would go for some kind of new blower!

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Welcome to the SBF and cant go wrong with a unit from Jack's. Good luck.

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Welcome aboard.

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Hi Jack, just messaging you now.
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I found a NICE ~10 yr old Ariens just before the season. Serviced last year, still had the tag on it, looks like new, works awesome. I can work on it if I need to but for almost 1/4 the price of a comparable new 28 SHO, I would have to recommend used.

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