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Estimated value of a 10000 model

i'm new to snowblowers, but not to appreciating history. i have a late 2000's ST724. after joining this forum, at least regarding ariens, the 10000 model seems to be of particular interest, both as a functional machine and a pice of ariens and snowblower history.

i've been poking around looking at ads. ran across this example. purports to be in excellent condition, lightly used, original owner. how much would one expect to pay for it, assuming it is in good to very good shape. eagle-eye owners may want to point out pros and cons.
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also, my current blower is a seven hp; this is a a six. is this an apple to apple comparison (meaning, should i expect this to be slightly less effective)? my 725 weighs about 165 lbs. what would this weigh?
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Value is what someone is willing to pay, which can vary by area.

I have no idea on the 50 year old engine, needs new X-Trac snow tires, and those chains on the grass tires probably bounced that machine pretty good over the years. The 50 years is probably going to require a new Friction disc, wheel bushings/bearings, and maybe some other wear items.

I will say one thing, I have 2 of the 10000 series machines, and just did a ground up restoration on one, they are solidly built, and I like the control operations.

Personally, mine were both free, but depending on condition, I would not pay more than a100.00, and that would be pushing it, even if it is running.
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There are 10 to 15 of those per year on CL for free
even the st824 can be found for 125 150 bucks in a few years those will be free
ive turned down 4 of those highly converted cough cough ariens in the past year
look for and st824"much better blower
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When I bought my '71 Ariens ten years ago they were going for $250 in good running condition in Western NY., in the winter. In the past 5 years or so the guys in this forum who fix and resell old snowblowers have been seeing their value decline, which makes sense, because these snowblowers continue to get older, and demand for them continues to drop as more and more newer used machines keep hitting the used market every year.

So now, probably declined to $100 to $200, in the winter, in the snow belts of the Great Lakes and upper mid-west. $50 to $100 in the summer.

(And we can probably still add on the traditional $100 more to those prices, for the large East coast citys, Boston, NY city, Philly, DC regions)

IMO, the lower price makes them even more of a bargain now!

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The sprocket-driven discharge chute dates that machine to mid-sixties vintage. It has electric start, new skid shoes, nice Ariens banner, not too rusted and a worn out scraper bar. The inside surface of the bucket still has paint so it probably wasn't used on a gravel driveway.

I have a similar model 10M6 with 6 HP engine. It cost me $30 late-Winter about four years ago. The friction wheel immediately shed its rubber when the machine was placed in service and the gearbox had a worn out impeller bushing (leaked oil but still functioned OK). The 6 HP engine is enough power for dry snow but it's probably going to labor in deep and heavy wet snow.

Take a good look at its scraper bar to make sure the bucket hasn't been worn down. Find out what maintenance has been done to its transmission. I'd be wary of remaining service life of its engine. You could do a compression test or perhaps just loosen the engine dipstick when engine is running to see if it has a lot of blow-by discharge but if it does then you'll make a big oil mess.

When the engine is idling, rev it hard to see if blue smoke exhausts. The point is you may have to do some maintenance (unless it's already been completed) but you'll then have a solid machine. Overall, they're built very well but it is a mid-sixties vintage machine...

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When I bought my '71 Ariens ten years ago they were going for $250 in good running condition in Western NY., in the winter. In the past 5 years or so the guys in this forum who fix and resell old snowblowers have been seeing their value decline, which makes sense, because these snowblowers continue to get older, and demand for them continues to drop as more and more newer used machines keep hitting the used market every year.

So now, probably declined to $100 to $200, in the winter, in the snow belts of the Great Lakes and upper mid-west. $50 to $100 in the summer.

(And we can probably still add on the traditional $100 more to those prices, for the large East coast citys, Boston, NY city, Philly, DC regions)

IMO, the lower price makes them even more of a bargain now!

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Wrong
there many for free
75 to 100 running in the winter
also the fools asking 400 nobody with a brain pays more then 125
summer time free to 50 bucks for no safety features grass tires short chute hard to turn under powered points ign
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Wrong
there many for free
75 to 100 running in the winter
also the fools asking 400 nobody with a brain pays more then 125
summer time free to 50 bucks for no safety features grass tires short chute hard to turn under powered points ign
I have an old Predator 212cc re-powered 1973 Gilson made Montgomery Ward 8/26 and it lacks the safety features that modern snowblowers have. I really like the default off position hand-operated auger lever controls and drive controls that the mid-1980s and later snowblowers have. It works well enough as a snowblower however you just need to be more careful since once the drive is engaged it will keep on moving with the auger a turning no dead man's safety features on it at all. That is why those ancient Ariens and SnowBirds hardly sell anymore since they are meat grinders like my old Gilson made Montgomery Ward 8/26. I gave the Gilson to my son who uses it to clear his driveway.
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@GustoGuy,

I personally like the simple operation of the older machines, along with the quality structure, as many here do as well.

A person certainly has to be aware of how to operate one, as with a chainsaw, or a circular saw or any machine that would mame or cause you harm.

Do they have the latest safety mandated features .. no , but myself, I like that.

Every year, people are injured on even the new snowblowers, ... regardless of a design, people will always figure a way to injure themselves.

There are just some people that should never operate a piece of equipment. I have seen many in that group.

JMHO
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