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Recommended repair shop North of Boston

Hi all,

I managed to kill the auger today on my Ariens 8524. I was doing the end of the driveway and I believe I caught the metal blade that must have fallen off my neighbors shovel. It was wrapped around the main shaft from the blower to the auger. The augur is no longer spinning though the blower does spin.

All shear pins are intact. The augur spins with no resistance. When it spins, the main shaft that goes to the blower does not turn. I can hear clicking coming from the gear box between the two augur blades when I rotate the blades. Both blades also move together in sync.

Anyone know of a decent repair shop by Woburn/Stoneham? I had a bad experience at Whittemore Hardware and all the other Ariens dealers in this area have horrible reviews. The other problem I have is trying to transport it, but I'll have to figure something out there. Thanks in advance for your help.

Greg

Here's a pic before I removed the metal blade from the shovel. It's completely wrapped around.
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I think by the time you pay a shop to fix this the labor cost is going to be high enough that you can buy a used working machine off craigslist. Have you considered looking for another machine and / or fixing it yourself?

Donyboy has several videos on youtube of replacing the gears in those gearboxes. His are all MTD and Murray machines, but the basic process is the same.

PS, sorry for your bad luck. That wear strip doesn't even look big enough to break the gears. I wonder if your augers are rusted to the shaft and that is why the shear pins didn't break.

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Could that be one of those gearboxes that has a roll pin that breaks?

'77 Ariens 924032 "Brick House" Re-Powered with a TEC 10HP and oversize auger pulley
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Can you post a model #?

'77 Ariens 924032 "Brick House" Re-Powered with a TEC 10HP and oversize auger pulley
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Thanks all for the replies. It's a 932104. From what I was told, some of the parts cross reference Murray. I actually bought it off craigslist this summer and it's been a complete money pit. For how much I have into it, I could have bought a brand new one.

Is the labor to replace the gear box going to be that high?

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The gear is going to be around $80 and Ariens only sells complete gearboxes now for the tune of almost $200. He might have older or used parts around to save you some money, but it is still going to probably be 2 hours labor at least as long as everything comes apart easy.

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that little piece of metals not the root cause of your problem id be surprized if the machine even knew it hit that.

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Thanks for the input. I think I'm going to rename the snowblower "The Orange Money Pit". The machine is worth maybe $475-$600 depending on when you try to sell it and I've already sunk that much in repair work this year. I was planning on trying to get a better machine over the summer (when prices drop) and sell this one next winter (assuming it was running fine). Now I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to throw another $250+ into it.

We have another storm coming Tues but that should only be 1"-3".

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Nashua Outdoor Power is a Ariens service/dealer. Maybe a bit further out than you want.
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Pro equipment in Woburn or Andover small engine in andover
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