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New Member - should I buy?

Long time lurker but new member. I have the opportunity to buy a 1973/74 9220006 4hp 20 inch Ariens. It hasn't been running for a while but is not seized either. What do you think?
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ALOHA to the forms.. some pictures might be helpful in making that call???

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Long time lurker but new member. I have the opportunity to buy a 1973/74 9220006 4hp 20 inch Ariens. It hasn't been running for a while but is not seized either. What do you think?
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Pics... And more importantly, how much? Overall condition? Way too many factors to give you a yes or no.

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It also depends on where you live, and what you plan to clear with it - and of course, the price. Personally, I think that a 4/20 is a bit small and a bit underpowered, but again, it depends on what you plan to do with it.
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if you can get it for under 50 and it has no major issues, you can flip and sell it for 150 and save up for a bigger blower, a 24 inch or 26 inch is perfect for most people
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Here is a photo. I can get it for under $50. It is in good shape. The engine hasn't been started for a few years but everything looked clean. The auger spins freely and there is very little rust.


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the skids look like there done, the flat spot where they ride on the pavement is non existent, ask for a picture of the scraper bar to, the lower housing probably has some wear due to old skid shoes
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If I was in the market for a snowblower I'd go $30.00 on it.

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The auger spins freely
Depending on what you mean by that, that could be good or bad..
Three possibilities:

1. If eveything is fine and normal, shear pins in place and the gearbox is in good shape, you might be able to move the augers with some effort..but it should be hard to move them..if you grab them and shove, they might move and spin the gears inside the gearbox..thats ok.
Also, its fine for the augers to have a small amount of play..the shear pins can be a slightly smaller diameter than the holes they are in, allowing you to "rock" the augers somewhat..thats ok. Its important to check that the augers are not rusted to the shaft.

2. If the augers spin *really* loosely, moving with hardly any effort, that could just mean the machine has broken or missing shear pins..not a big deal as long as the gearbox is ok.

3. If the augers spin *really* loosely, moving with hardly any effort, *and* all the shear pins are in place! then you have a stripped gearbox..thats bad..the machine is broken, wont operate, and the gearbox would have to be replaced..

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not neccesarily, you could replace the brass gear for about 30-40 bucks
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