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“First Series Sno-Thro 1960-1964

After reading about many of the 10000 series models that guys have fixed up, I had an itch to look for a restoration project, at the risk of really pissing off my other half.

There’s a “first series” unit about 30 miles from me for $200. It appears to have been kept inside all its life and is operating. The guy made a video showing it in action. Do you guys think $200 would be too much for a machine in this condition? I wouldn’t be looking to resell, rather restore it to the best of my abilities.

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waaayyy to much money ! $100 is to much, but id be tempted.

24 " 1967? Ariens Sno thro
28 " Ariens Sno Tek
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As you know, timing is everything. You should be looking for a tiller to restore now and a snowblower in May.

Here's my 1965 that I picked up last fall for $40.00.

Anything running at this point will be $100.00 or more..
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These machines have low value, and there is very low demand for them. That guy might get $200, but only because its the middle of winter! And if its the day before a blizzard he might find a desperate buyer..

But realistically IMO a first series Ariens is never worth more than $50 to $100 at most..
In July you can probably get a good one for $25.

My advice, be patient, keep looking...They are still out there..they are rare-ish but can still be found.
And, odds are good the guy asking $200 wont sell it..offer him $50 in April and he will probably take it.

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Mine (2qty. - 10000 series) were obtained for free. Both my 10000 required a repower, and some parts and wrenching on them. The 10M4, after using it for years, I finally dismantled every bolt , painted and put back, fully restored, : now it looks the part as well as running great.

These are surely labors of love, as well as my hobby. I love the simplicity, and the way they operate. Just keep in mind, none of the newer safety features, which works well for me.

I would not pay 200.00, Its still 50 years old, will need some parts just from natural age wear. Predator new engine bolts right on for only 99.00 and works great.
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I appreciate all the insight, gentleman! What a great place this is. He indicated firm on the price. I threw out $50 and gave my phone number. Come May-June I just may hear from him when he’s tired of looking at it and there’s no market for it.
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I've a 1964 that looks showroom new that I bought from the estate of the original owner...I'll never use it and would like to find someone that appreciates it....I've got two more that need attention but complete. I wish there were a following for these. Stamps and coins would take up so less room to collect....
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i think they made these 10000s until 1974? would price for the later ones also typically be in the sub-$200 range, even for the best condition examples?
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The 10,000 Ariens is a war horse. I love these machines and can't understand why the demand is low. I've worked on quite a few different makes of snowblowers including the old Snowbird machines which were also built to last. Some new machines are obviously made cheaper with plastic discharge chutes and cable-operated controls. The impeller housings don't appear to be welded to the bucket.

My understanding is the really old Ariens machines do not have a disc drive transmission. I think there is actually a geared transmission inside the tractor housing.

PS I live about 15 miles from you and I'm sorely tempted to come and look at your Arien's Sno-Thro machines. Jack Mels gave me a solid one back in October. I gave it some TLC then had an opportunity to test it in early December. It's ready for the next blizzard.



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I've a 1964 that looks showroom new that I bought from the estate of the original owner...I'll never use it and would like to find someone that appreciates it....I've got two more that need attention but complete. I wish there were a following for these. Stamps and coins would take up so less room to collect....

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10000 series are definitely disc drive . . .
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