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I have an Ariens snow thrower that I believe is from the early 1970's. Built very heavy duty. Is it worth repairing and keeping up or should I sell it?New to forum-image.jpg what might it be worth. I have added an electric start. It has new gears in the lower auger assembly. Last year I broke the shear pins in the main auger. Does anyone know if there is a roll pin used or something different. Between the back of the engine and the chute I can feel air displacement. Is the engine vented or is it a head gasket leak. The throttle cable seems to be a solid cable that seems to bind and throttles back if you are not holding it forward. I live in south central Wisconsin, 2 car driveway approximately 40 feet long. Are there still parts available? I just bought a cub cadet 3X 26HD. Would it be worth it to keep the Ariens & fix it for a backup or sell it.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-07-2015, 07:27 PM
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welcome to the forum Hp !! that machine is well worth keeping and using for many years to come. there is nothing made today that is as robust ! most parts are available new, other parts dont seem to be to hard to find.
i recently purchased a similar unit with a blown engine for $20. bought a new engine, new belt, freshened up the paint and added a couple of personal touches ( homemade drift cutter/ lightbar and battery powered led lights) i think this will be my main machine......and im only into for about $250.
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Welcome to the forum Hotpepper.

My 2 cents, there are a lot of us that would rather have the machine you have now than a number of the new machines.
I for one have two older Ariens and I'm a firm believer they are well worth fixing up as they do a wonderful job of moving snow and they're built to last.

If you haven't seen this site yet it's very helpful. The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.

Like old John Deere equipment, Ariens still has most of the parts available to repair your blower as does Searspartsonline and a host of on line snowblower parts suppliers along with exploded diagrams.

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Too new for me.

I would keep it as a backup.
It would make a nice restoration project.

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Post the model and serial numbers and we can take a look at a parts diagram.

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Thanks for the replies. I plan on keeping the Ariens for a restoration project. My new blower did not come with engine oil. The person at the store added 30 weight oil. The instruction manual says to use a 5w30 oil and then after 5 hours of running to put in 0w30. Should I take out the straight 30 weight oil and put in a 5w30. Is the gas without ethanol better and do I still need an additive (stabilizer) if I use ethanol free gas?
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30 wt oil is a bit heavy for winter use, but your owners manual should state what oil to use for your outdoor temp range. gas without corn juice is much better , but you should still add stabilizer to ethanol free gas......and remember, not all stabilizers are created equal ! i use marine stabilizer and it seems to do the trick.
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On the straight 30, if you're just going to fire it up and let it run for a few hours you're likely ok but if you plan on putting those 5 hours on blowing snow I'd swap it now for 5W30 so it's easier to start if it gets cold.

Pure gas is best in trying to avoid carb problems. I recommend using stabilizer but it's not a necessity. I use Marine stabil on all my stuff.
Best thing IMHO is drain the gas and run the carb dry before storing it off season.

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