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post #1 of 31 Old 01-26-2015, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Not real happy at the moment...

I had an earlier post about this. Had my Ariens 522 ss out blowing snow Saturday morning. Was doing the neighbor's driveway because he's a few years older and doesn't own a blower. Not much snow a'tall. Maybe 2-3" at most. Half of one of the paddles snapped off. These aren't some cheap, aftermarket paddles either. Airens OEM paddles. At least $80/set. Just got done putting a new belt on it too. This machine is getting too expensive to own.
Going to give it one more chance and then it's bye bye blower.
I'm wondering now if I should buy OEM parts or some aftermarket brand such as Stens or?


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I had an earlier post about this. Had my Ariens 522 ss out blowing snow Saturday morning. Was doing the neighbor's driveway because he's a few years older and doesn't own a blower. Not much snow a'tall. Maybe 2-3" at most. Half of one of the paddles snapped off. These aren't some cheap, aftermarket paddles either. Airens OEM paddles. At least $80/set. Just got done putting a new belt on it too. This machine is getting too expensive to own.
Going to give it one more chance and then it's bye bye blower.
Honestly, buy a 2nd hand toro, honda, or ariens 2 stage. If you are willing to change parts you might as well buy something decent from craigslist and maintain it.
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was this the first use of the ariens

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was this the first use of the ariens
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No. This was first time.
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Honestly, buy a 2nd hand toro, honda, or ariens 2 stage. If you are willing to change parts you might as well buy something decent from craigslist and maintain it.
I have two other blowers. Ariens Sno Tec 24 and a Toro 521. The 522 ss is supposed to be a decent machine.

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Abuse from the former owner do you suppose?


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Sorry to hear about your woes. I'm still happy with mine lol


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Hard to beat the small Honda machines. If I were to buy a single stage I'd go with that or a Toro. Ariens for a 2 stage is great but not a fan of the smaller ones, or the smaller simplicity for that matter. Just MHO I know some won't like it but that's what I have judged from use observation.

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Abuse from the former owner do you suppose?
Well, Larry, I don't believe it was. It was kind of dirty when I bought it and was missing a handle bolt but after a quick cleanup it was in exceptional condition. And another thing. I had already done my driveway and all the sidewalks too. It surely shoul,d have have gone south earlier if it had already been cracked or otherwise damaged, I would think. It is a very nice, well paved, clean driveway too, and I hadn't hit anything. I guess anything's possible but...dang. I had 4 Toro ss blowers and sold every last one of them. Wish I'd kept that Power Clear I sold a couple months ago.
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New parts pricing from ALL the major manufacturers is ridiculous, and the aftermarket and most ebay sellers are as well. It would probably be over $2500 to build a SS or Sno-tek from parts...And it's even more ridiculous for anything over 5 years old. I'm convinced they're doing this on purpose...Makes me feel like buying every $50 blower on CL and listing the parts on EBAY for $3 a piece just to stick it to them. The manufacturers really want every thing to be disposable so they can keep their unit numbers up. It's all about the numbers nowaday, and between that attitude and lean warehousing, it's the end user that is odd man out if they're not constantly replacing units.
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