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I'm thinking about purchasing a Craftsman Track 8/25 blower from a guy I know - not really sure of the model #. It's in pretty fair shape except that the idle goes up and down..hunting I guess you call it.

I've researched these Tecumseh engines and it looks like I may have to get the carb rebuilt. Is it worth $300 for this blower? I'm going to attempt to attach a picture of it.

Also...it has 2 reverse gears and in 2-reverse, it is rreeaallyyyy slow. Belts?

I'm not really a hands-on mechanic, I can tell people what's wrong and how to fix it but don't have much luck when I attempt to fix it myself. No mechanical inclination.

So, if I purchase this blower for 3 bills it seems to me that it'll probably be another $100 for carb rebuild and then who knows for the reverse gears.

What do you think?

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That's a $75 blower at most and you need to watch this vid before buying any blower


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Jmo, but dont even consider paying $300'for it. Id be more inclined to tell the seller to give you $50' and you will haul it away. Lol

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Is this so-called "hunting" only at an idle, and NOT when it's under load ?

If so, and if it is the non-adjustable carb, then it's probably just the need to clean the Idle Restrictor Screw/Valve . . . . and there's an instructive video available for that.

The #2 Reverse being slow is probably just an adjustment . . . . but I don't know anything about "tracked" units except that they're less maneuverable when not running.

For what it's worth, I'd say go for it . . . . but don't go for it; have it delivered. And ask for the Manuals; then read them !

Do not plan on sending it into the shop for little servicing; one visit will exceed the purchase price.

It's running well now; you can keep it running.
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Before you buy that machine, you need to check for all the things mentioned in that video. Pay particular attention to the L shaped mounting brackets that hold the bucket to the tractor. You might have to unbolt things to see properly and if the seller is not willing to let you do that, then think twice.

I had a similar 8/25, 1983 vintage wheel model and these L shaped sheet metal brackets are spot welded onto the back surface of the impeller housing, and they rusted and broke free from the bucket. This resulted in the belt jumping off the pulley when the machine was tilted back.

You could actually see the bucket droop down when it was lifted off the ground when you pushed down on the handles. I got it welded up but it only lasted another year since the entire bucket assembly is made from pretty thin sheet metal, and it broke somewhere else the next season. As I remember, there was not much space to fabricate reinforcements for these bits of metal as they would have interfered with the alignment of the bucket and tractor.

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I have a thread about the main shaft from the drive plate(not friction disc) and bearings going bad. The part is not available. I made one and a way to grease them.


Run the model number through Sears parts direct. I would bet many parts are not available.

My 2 cents....not even close to being worth $300.
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I was being kind with the $75. I'd go maybe $40 on it but seriously, no more that.
Watch that vid I posted, take notes if you have to. Look elsewhere for a different blower. Happy hunting.

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See if you can find an old ariens on cl to throw a predator on. I can get good frames for like 20 bucks if I look around, add an engine for 100 and some fasteners for 10 bucks or so and you have a tank of a snowblower that is built way better and will be way more reliable then that Tecumseh pos ever was imo
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Yikes, well if you have no mechanical inclination, there may be issues. This looks like a bag of potential projects, that we could walk you through, but do you really want to?

That's a question that you have to answer, but we are here for you either way. And help where and when we can. Whereabouts are you in the USA, some members maybe neighbors?

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hello wizzer, welcome to SBF!! take a look on craigslist, you can find a much better snowblower for $300

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