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Is this Ariens worth $100?

ariens 8hp 24 inch snow blower

I am thinking of grabbing this. The seller said it has spark and compression. Hopefully seeing it tomorrow.

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well, a non-running machine is always a gamble, because you dont know how much work, and how much money, it will take to get it running..you can probably make a reasonable judgment when seeing it person, if you know enough about snowblowers in general..but some things you just cant know until you buy it and get it home..

If it *only* needs a good cleaning and adjustment to get it working properly, then yes, its worth $100..If it needs more than that, then it might not be worth it! hard to say.

IMO, no non-running snowblower over 20 years old is worth more than $50.
but you are in Massachusetts, during the heaviest snowfalls in recent times..
so factoring in both of those things, a jump from $50 to $100 is probably reasonable.

so, is it worth $100? eh..borderline yes, borderline no.
Im on the fence..it's your call!

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If your planning on using it for this weekends storm, I would say no... If your just adding to the collection, I would say wait till after the storm and save yourself some money.
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Here's a random data point: I'm in MA too, and just bought an almost identical machine for $50.00. Didn't run, and isn't in the best shape but definitely repairable without too much investment.

One way of looking at it is this: if it's in decent shape other than the non-running engine, that $100 snowblower with the addition of a $100 HF Predator engine (and some labor) would be close to equal to a brand-new machine you'd pay $1,500 for!

And one more random thought: "needs a tune up and carb cleaning" *could* mean the gas tank is 1/3 full of water... ask me how I know. If that's the case, you'd need a minimum of a new carb and a lot of cleanout work to get it running.
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The nice thing about it is you can just repair what's broken and have an ugly tank that works very well. You can also still get parts and if you chose you could tear it down and rebuild and paint it and have basically a new commercial quality unit for not much money. I'm doing that to my Ariens 32" this summer. Snow blowers in your area due to all the snow are going for premium so 100 wouldn't be that bad but it would be nice to try and get him down some.

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For $100, it is too expensive to be a parts machine. So if I were to purchase it, I would expect to get it into working order. If the gearbox checks out, I would go for it. I actually found engine work to be more enjoyable than gearbox rebuilds since they usually come apart without much fuss. Gearbox work, on the other hand, can be a real PITA.

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If it had electric starter and tire chains, then maybe I'd pay $75.

But in a couple of months, that'd be a $50 machine.


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Yeah. I offered $50 but he said no dice. Oh well on to the next one!

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