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ariens with broken gearbox worth it

seller says the auger works intermittently and gearbox needs repair
seems like a nice machine
all the other machine i looked at are junk
will gearbox cost alot to fix?
ariens snowblower st524
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It can be but you need to look up the price of the brass gear and the worm shaft.
If anything else is bad like the case is crack or anger shaft bent ext the it isn't worth it.

Get the model number or just offer $75 and you almost can't go wrong

Are you looking to flip it or keep it.
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It can be but you need to look up the price of the brass gear and the worm shaft.
If anything else is bad like the case is crack or anger shaft bent ext the it isn't worth it.

Get the model number or just offer $75 and you almost can't go wrong

Are you looking to flip it or keep it.
i need one for myself
i will try to get the model number
thanks for the info
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It can be but you need to look up the price of the brass gear and the worm shaft.
If anything else is bad like the case is crack or anger shaft bent ext the it isn't worth it.

Get the model number or just offer $75 and you almost can't go wrong

Are you looking to flip it or keep it.
Ad says $100.00 firm. Not sure about his "firm" but if I say firm in my ad it does't leave till the price is met.

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I just looked at Rochester CL and searched ALL for Ariens. There's a bunch of machines under $200. They are older than the one you posted but all good machines.

Here's the standard brick shiphouse machine, $125 completely functional

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I just looked at Rochester CL and searched ALL for Ariens. There's a bunch of machines under $200. They are older than the one you posted but all good machines.

Here's the standard brick shiphouse machine, $125 completely functional

Ariens Snow blower
Agreed, that's a good machine for $125. Proper care and prep when summer comes and it will outlast all of us. I would jump on that one mcljc929, for $125 can't go wrong and you prob could neg it down a few bucks. That other one with bad gearbox ain't worth your time with all the working machines out there.

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mcljc979, That machine is model 924046. If you look it up you'll find the auger gear is part 52402600 changed to 52422700 and no longer available.
You might find a used one or old stock on ebay or googling around. Maybe check with jackmels on here. The Ariens solution is a complete new auger gearbox, auger shaft and impeller shaft (about $200). I think that's the reason it's for sale and $100 for a 20 year old Tec 5hp engine is way high.
I'd put money the augers are rusted to the shaft anyway. Looks like a guy selling his problem. Pass IMO.
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I just looked at Rochester CL and searched ALL for Ariens. There's a bunch of machines under $200. They are older than the one you posted but all good machines.

Here's the standard brick shiphouse machine, $125 completely functional

Ariens Snow blower
i have email the seller on that one but have not got back to me yet
i have looked at a lot of those machines and are junk
but thanksfor the info
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seller says the auger works intermittently and gearbox needs repair
seems like a nice machine
all the other machine i looked at are junk
will gearbox cost alot to fix?
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Intermittently could mean a whole host of things. Guy probably broke a shear pin and replaced it with a bolt instead of the correct shear pin and then hit something and trashed the augers gear case and is now trying to dump the machine it happens all the time. At least he was honest enough to say the machine had some problems unlike some people will not disclose a problem. Check out the Donyboy73 You-tube video on what to look for when buying a used snow blower. Although it could be as simple as a belt tensioner adjustment for the auger belt you could just pull on the cable and if the auger works correctly then that is what is wrong if nothing happens and the belt is tensioned correctly and it's turning the auger drive and nothing is happening or it is making strange sounds then it could be a broken worm gear as well as a damaged auger gear case and that could cost you a lot of money especially if you have a dealership repair it. Since it is only a 5hp engine I would not offer more than $75.00 to $80.00 even if the engine runs great. I used to have a 5hp Tecumseh and I wasn't too impressed even when it was new. First of all are you comfortable working on a snow blower? If not I would pass. Too many stories here on SBF about people who bought stuff cheap off of Craigslist and taken the machine into a dealer to have it repaired only to be charged $200+ for a tune up they did not need or ask for and then to have the dealer say "by the way it will be another $300.00 dollars to fix the real problem". If you are comfortable turning a wrench it could be a nice find depending upon the amount of work needed and the cost of the parts to repair it. There are lots of good You tube videos that will walk you through repairing your machine. If your not mechanically inclined or don't own any tools pass on it and look for one that is mechanically sound and runs well.
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Agreed, that's a good machine for $125. Proper care and prep when summer comes and it will outlast all of us. I would jump on that one mcljc929, for $125 can't go wrong and you prob could neg it down a few bucks. That other one with bad gearbox ain't worth your time with all the working machines out there.
Jump on it only if the engine runs well. If it runs poorly and you are not comfortable with working on it or repowering it then pass. Some times your better off repowering it than dumping money into fixing a worn out tired old engine. Cost is the same however the out come can be way different especially since it is just a 5hp Tecumseh which is a rather anemic engine even when it is running great.
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