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I was speaking with a friend the other day about an older (25 - 30 years old) Ariens blower he had.

It is a machine that has attachments that go on in place of the bucket assembly....like a sweeper broom, etc.

The thing is in REALLY good shape, even considering the age. The only issue with it is the fact that it does not want to track forward or backwards any more.

I am getting it for free (I do not have a model number or anything on me, but I can get it when it is dropped off) and am going to check the cable/rod, friction wheel and belt tension/condition.

The owner thinks that the friction wheel is not engaging due to it being seized. I am going to see what the issue is, fix it and keep it as a spare. I have a Craftsman II 8/25 trac drive that is in amazing shape and runs like a new machine for it's age.

Any thoughts on what could be stuck besides adjustments, worn belt/friction wheel?
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Everything you mention is a possibility... and more. A model number will definitely help, as the details of the drive system vary by model. Photos wouldn't hurt either... just because we enjoy seeing them!

I will say the timeframe you mention doesn't seem to match up with the fact the machine can take "attachments"... I think they ditched the attachments idea in the mid-1970s. So the machine may be older than you think, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that... those old machines are incredibly durable.

Also... does it not move at all (as in, the wheels cannot be turned) or is the self-propel function just not propelling?

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They Made Atttachments up into the ST Series, which also have a history of the drive disc sticking. 5 minute fix with wd40 and ball joint fork.
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When you get your hands on it please post the model and serial numbers. Would really like to see some photos of the accessories.

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I just got her landed home tonight. I do not have any attachments for it, but it is an ST828 (924077)

The friction wheel shaft was stuck and not allowing the disc to come out. I tapped it in with a hammer and lightly pried up on it repeatedly while adding lubricant to the shaft until it was free.

I then took some 40 grit paper to the friction disc and roughed it up a bit, cleaned the wheel and disc with brake cleaner and a towel and fired it up.

Started on the third pull after being bone dry of fuel.

It has one tire flat, which is pumped up and holding so far. It needs some paint and a good tune up. It will only run with the choke wide open and the fuel wide open.

All gears work, the track motion is insanely strong and the blower works perfectly.

I am not sure how to load pictures.
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That's great!

It amazes me that lubrication of the sliding mechanism for the drive disc isn't included in the maintenance instructions, as you've seen what happens when it's not lubed.

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The only other issue I have with it is that unless the choke is on full and the throttle is wide open it will not run.

The choke HAS to be wide open and the throttle WIDE OPEN to run.

I have to take the carb off and apart to clean it up and hope the needles aren't rusted up.
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