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post #1 of 15 Old 01-24-2017, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well friends....Ariens, the Greek God of snow removal, has been smiling down from the snowy heights of Mt.Olympus this week. Saturday, my local dealer, called me that he had taken in an old twin stick 924 and did I want it for $50......oh it home and only needed a service and a pin that holds the bronze gear in the impeller. Later that day I called a Craigslist ad for an ST 8-24 with a blown motor for $100. I offered $50, and drove an hour and a half to get it. Stripped the motor down and the block is sound, just need a $25 dollar rod and a $5 gasket......TODAY...I had told myself to stay away from Craigslist......but I was weak. A twin stick early 924 with cast iron gearbox...$25....Previous owner said transmission was gone. Traveled to the end of the earth to pick it up and got home......started first pull.....checked the belts, drive belt was off. Popped it on ...five minutes.....everything good....just needs a service and good to go. I'm going to light a candle at the temple to Ariens.
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Hey cranman, You are CORRECT..... Saturday, I had a customers late model (5 y/o =/-) Ariens 11528LE, got an ok to fix the cross threaded spark plug, new B&S carb, and oil change. Then found bad belts....He said I had enough of this!!!! Gimme $200 for it....SCORE!!!!! Clean machine, heated grips, light, remote differential. an hour later, a guy wanders into the shop, asking if I can "dispose" an old snowblower. Said ok, gimme an hour, I'll pick it up. Get to his house (5 mins away), he says "be careful, it leaks gas, and i tried to fix it, but it leaked again, so I bought another"....That was an older Ariens ST1032. RUNNING....New fatty tires. needs work, but price was rite. Haven't been on C/L yet....have no more room here.

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Glad you guys in Mass are scoring. Someone in RI has been beating me to the punch on what little deals are out there. Prices haven't been the same since that 2015 winter we had in the Northeast. The good thing is I just switched up to doing repairs, so I'm still busy. I've been missing out on ads 2 minutes old. Even with the cl alerts on. Most recently an 11/32 older Toro for $40 with a Briggs right down the road from me.

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Seems like my local CL only has $500-$1000 machines most of the time on there..but there is one I'm interested in,but can't seem to coordinate a time to go give it a looksy

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I scored "old rusty", a 2007 Cub Cadet 524 SWE, OHV engine for $100 on Craigslist recently. Original belts, original friction wheel and wheels rusted to axle. Did an oil change, plug and lots of grease and lubrication. Used it today, works great!
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I don't know...the thrill of the hunt maybe?
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during the summer found a hs828 with a free sign on it . started right up . all it needed was about 50 bucks parts and some labor and sold it couple weeks ago for 800.

neighbor came over and asked me to fix his 828. needs about 85-100 worth of parts plus labor( free for neighbor ). he is giving it to me at end of season .

maybe will keep as backup or sell.

Picked up from craigslist a HS55 for $60 and turned around and sold it for $260 and did nothing to it.

Recently picked up a HS50 for $200 in near perfect shape. just needs a service . going to list for $650 in time for next round of Sierra storms. Will settle for 500 or keep as a deck blower.

The deals are out there folks if you keep your eyes and ears open and ask everyone you run into if they want to get rid of their old piece of junk.

It's funny, most folks think a blower is a piece of junk if it does not start or runs rough or has a minor glitch. Usually it just needs some TLC.

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I think the lack of snow last yr and so far this yr so people are dropping the price. The like new toro I found in nh just needed a primer bulb. the guy told me had it for a few weeks with no luck so he dropped the price to $500.

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You'll be Sitting on These unless Feb brings some Serious Snow. I still have numerous machines from last year....But I Know and Buy a Good Deal when I see it. Scored this 11hp for a Song. Engine Shroud was full of Mouse Nest, and owner thought it was seized... Thing runs Mint, Has Hand Warmers, Commercial Gearbox, Locking Differential, and Full Size Friction Wheel. Just listed it on my local CL, but If I have to sit on it for a year, No Biggie.

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