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New to me 1982 Ariens

Hey all. My brother just picked up this blower for me for 150 bucks. I have a 3/4 km driveway to clean so rugged snow blowers are a must for me..I also need it to be reliable so i was wondering if there is any thing i should change or do to insure a solid winters work out of it. I don't have the blower in my shop yet as its at my brothers house a couple hours away. But if there are any know problems i should be aware of to this model i would like to know about them. Thanks guys. It is a 1982 or 83 areins st 10 32. Thanks again
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You asked the right forum !! The good folks here can and will help you.

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Hey all. My brother just picked up this blower for me for 150 bucks. I have a 3/4 km driveway to clean so rugged snow blowers are a must for me..I also need it to be reliable so i was wondering if there is any thing i should change or do to insure a solid winters work out of it. I don't have the blower in my shop yet as its at my brothers house a couple hours away. But if there are any know problems i should be aware of to this model i would like to know about them. Thanks guys. It is a 1982 or 83 areins st 10 32. Thanks again
I have an 8hp from around that era, check the wheels to see if they have any play (loose) when the blower is sitting upright. I had to change a bearing on one side.

Just one tip for a machine that age, and maybe watch the donyboy clip on youtube on looking over used snowblowers, I learned alot from that.
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I have the model number now if that helps any. They do still make parts for these snowblowers right? There is a dealer right handy to me and this is one of the main reason i am gonna go with ariens over my older craftsman..
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I've gotten bearing, bushings, belt and scraper bar on amazon for my early 70s ariens. Best price I could find online, if u can read the numbers on the bearings u might be able to get locally from transmission shops.
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That is good to know. I see they use standard sealed bearings for the wheels too. that is good. Both my craftsman use bushings..I also found a site online that looks to have any and every part required for one of these units. So worst case senario i can use them to buy the hard to find on the shelf parts..
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Got the blower today..Definitly needs an impeller bearing at the very least. I am assuming that there should be zero play in the auger bearing?
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"Auger bearing" as in the bushings that support each end of the auger shaft? For those, "zero play" is great but a few thousandths is tolerable too. It's not an ultra-high-precision system. OTOH the bushings are cheap so if you're in doubt just replace 'em.

Make sure you give it a really good looking-over. Hopefully you'll do better than I did... I just bought a newer version of the same model (circa 1994) and it's an absolute basket case. Weird stuff like not only worn bearings (impeller, axle) but the shafts are worn where they go through the bearings, so even brand-new bearings don't fit tightly.

Also check the oil in the auger gearbox and verify that 1) it's present and 2) it's black or clear/amber and not milk-chocolate color. The latter indicates water's gotten in there and that can mean great nastiness.

One more thing to look at is the internal mechanism that engages & disengages the wheel drive. Basically the drive plate, pulley for the belt to the engine, and the shaft they're on are in a "carrier" that slides back and forth a little inside a sleeve to engage or disengage the plate from the rubber disc. The carrier/sleeve don't have any provision for lubrication and tend to get stuck/corroded. So I'd recommend pulling that whole setup apart, clean up any corrosion that's present, and grease it well.

Oh and as with almost any snowblower, remove the auger shear pins and make sure the augers can spin freely on the shaft. If they can't, the shear pins may not do their job when the time comes.

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Excellent advise Elaw. I started into it today..had a **** of a time getting the triangle peice that holds the pulley off..fought with it for hours with a puller even broke chucks off it but i got it off. Now i can replace the auger bearing..which was completly shot. So parts list so far

side impeller bushings x2 7.99 each
auger impeller bearing x1 9.99
tremclad black paint 25.99 gallon
new auger belt(just cause) 11.99
80-140 EP gear oil left over from my f250 axle

I expected to put at least a couple hundred into the machine. Even if i get one year out of it my driveway is huge and i will spend 4-6 hours on it every time it snow..so getting a full year out of a snowblower is alot for me.

here are a couple pics..I plan on going through the whole machine as i have time. My wife did have a pretty close arien color mixed up from some left over red and yellow tremclad but i like painiting everything black. Its gonna be a tactical snowblower..lol
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