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Buying a 70's Ariens SnowBlower

Ive been looking into getting a used snow blower and the more investigating i did, the more i was leaning towards the older machines that were made to last. Long story short i was on Craigslist tonight and i have someone right down the street from me selling 2 difference 70's models that he completely rebuilt including installing brand new motors in them. Here is part of the add.

New Parts Installed...
Predator 6.5HP { 212cc } Gas Engine, Drive Belt, Axle Bushings, Shear Pins, Auger Bushings, Friction Drive Bearings, Heavy Duty Wear Shoes, Impeller Bearing, Custom Oil Drain Tube, Gearbox Oil.
3 Hour motor break-in done, all adjustments made, All joints & moving parts lubed up, Welded engine mounting studs { Not Bolts }

I wondering which model to get because the are very similar with the same work done to both of them and in almost the same condition, and they are the same price ..lol Which would you choose and why?

The model number are 910962 which i believe is a 1971 and the other is 910008 and is a 1973 i think.. Any info would be great because i think im gonna go look at these tomorrow being that he is right around the corner.. Ty and great website im glad i found this place
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if he has one with chrome handles and a differential get that one. the ones with white handlebars were the base models up until 1976
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If all those parts were replaced, and replaced correctly I might add, then there shouldn't be an issue with the blowers. The Predator motor is a great choice for replacing onto a snowblower, plenty of oomph behind it.
Can't go wrong with the older machines, that's why they're still around and why many of us still use them

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Both of them have the chrome handles and locking axles.. Heres a photo of the 71



and here is the 73



TY 43128 and slowrider for the info..

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Hey you're right up the road from me!

As you've probably realized by now, either would be a good choice and there's very little difference between the two.

All other things being equal, I'd probably pick the '73 because you can engage/disengage the belt drive from the operator's position which is a little safer and more convenient than the older arrangement. But the other is fine too... I've owned two of that type and loved 'em both.

Maybe the thing to do is go look at both and see what your impression is. Maybe one will feel a little tighter or have smoother controls or something.

Edit: looking at the photos again, it appears the wheel-drive control may work differently? I know on the older models, when the handle is released the machine goes, and you squeeze it to make the machine stop which IMHO is a bit unsafe. If the '73 works the opposite way... you squeeze the handle to make the machine *go*, I'd definitely pick that one.

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Edit: looking at the photos again, it appears the wheel-drive control may work differently? I know on the older models, when the handle is released the machine goes, and you squeeze it to make the machine stop which IMHO is a bit unsafe. If the '73 works the opposite way... you squeeze the handle to make the machine *go*, I'd definitely pick that one.
yes, that is correct..
up to and including 1972, you press the lever to *stop* the machine, and let go to make it run..which means the machine will run by itself, without your hands on the handlebars..not a big deal IMO, in fact, I like it! but it is technically less safe..

starting in 1973, they reversed it..you have to physically hold down the lever (on the left-hand handlebar) to make it run, and letting go makes it stop.

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What's the Price? I have a 10000 series predator powered machine for $350 hudson ma
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the one on the bottom is the newer safer version. jackmels i also saw your ad for the honda gx160 one like a week ago for 300
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ok TY elaw,i did read up on the different models and i think i will go with the 73 as long as it looks good.. Ill take em both for a spin..lol. Kinda wish there was some snow.. Anyway, Hes asking $400 for either one, Jack. Im gonna offer $350 and see what he says.. Hes literally right down the street from me , which is nice...
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Ty to everyone here on the forum for all your info.. Between everyone here, and the person i bought the machine from, i bought the 73 model off him today.. This is a nice little hobby ive gotten myself into totally out of necessity..lol . Anyway, I would just like to let everyone here in the forums know that the person i bought this snowblower from does this as a hobby and only works on these older Ariens snowblowers.. I was shocked when i went to his house and saw all the machines he had..All he works on is Ariens.. Hes a mechanic/machinist with a small machine shop in his garage and he can make pretty much anything..lol. He has parts/motors and rebuilt Ariens snowblowers .. If anyone needs anything or lives in the Lowell Ma area i would be more than happy to give you his info if your looking for parts or a machine.. Thanks again for this great forum

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