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post #1 of 26 Old 01-27-2015, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Would appreciate your Ariens opinions....

OK -- I live in Central Mass, and just finished with the first round of snow blowing -- about 32 inches. I've got two Ariens, and I only have room to keep one. Need your thoughts, and I realize that personal preference is a major part of the decision.

I've got a 2004 932104, which I've had since new and has always been great. Works fine -- no complaints.

I've got a 1971 910962 with the pretty teardrop bucket and original 7 HP Tecumseh. I picked this up for $25 cause the guy was moving. It has locking hubs for the chained drive wheels.

Worked both of them hard this afternoon. The only thing I noticed was that the '71's engine slowed down when diving into the large piles -- meaning 30 inches of pile. BUT, it did not stop, and the chained wheels actually get better traction than the 2004 model.

Based upon the amount of writing, it certainly looks like I like the '71 better. So, my question to the Ariens crowd.....what would you do? Which one would you keep?
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the way you guys out there are getting dumped on. I would make room for both.

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you would have one heck of a profit margin if you sold the '71 but that's the one you like

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The 71 will be still working 20 years from now, not sure about the 04.

I would keep both.
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For my money, I would stick with the '71. The ease and simplicity of the old machines is what does it for me. Parts are still avail, and if the engine craps out someday you can drop a brand new engine on there very easily.

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You've got one of the stealth compacts, full size tires, augers, housing, and impeller, on a compact frame. No differential.

For me that would be a tough choice, but I'd probably keep the older one (easier replacement motor choices, and the differential with knob lock).
The 104 is probably somewhat rare.
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Thanks for the comments. I'm going out tonight to use the 71 again on what's fallen since 3:00 PM (probably about 4 inches), and will use it again later this week and over the weekend from what I hear.

Yep, I must admit I'm leaning towards keeping the 71.....I need some more blowing time with it. It is a solid machine, and I agree with the simplicity of the machine.
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what is a 932104.
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The new Ariens are crap. Keep the old one. We only got about 14 inches last night but I have a very large, long driveway. Every time I use my Honda 928 I am just thrilled to smiles at how totally awesome that machine is in every way.
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I'll put my two cents in favor of the old gal. Hard to beat an Ariens from that era for quality and dependability. On the other hand if you are lucky enough to have two... find something else to get rid of to make room and keep BOTH
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