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I went to an estate sale yesterday afternoon about 5 blocks from my house, found a like new Ariens ST504 that looks like it was only used 3 or 4 times. They were asking $100.00 for it, a few people looked at it and tried to start it with no success..... I looked at it, the people said they just put fresh gas in it, opened the gas tank and sniffed, smelled like fresh gas. was looking around and saw the fuel shut off valve was in the off position, did not open the fuel valve tried to start it with the fuel valve in the off position which of course it absolutely refused to start..... told them well i could use it for parts, offered them $25.00 for it since it didn't run which after a few minute discussion, they told me if I take it now I can have it for the $25.00. I walked it home the 5 blocks, put it in the garage, went in the house to let hands, fingers and nose thaw out and in about 45 minutes after lunch went in the garage, opened the fuel valve primed it about 5 times, plugged in the extension cord for the electric started and it fired right up and after a 1/4 turn of the screw on the bottom of the carb it runs absolutely perfect. going to change the oil to full synthetic 5w30 and be ready for the 2-5 inches of snow in Chicago tomorrow.

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Well..if you can live with yourself after being so dishonest, then..good for you? I guess...

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Well..if you can live with yourself after being so dishonest, then..good for you? I guess...

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I'm an idiot, I would have moved the fuel shutoff, started it, and handed them $100. I'm stupid that way I guess.

Even at $100 it's a bargain.
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told them well i could use it for parts
Which seems to have been a blatant lie.

Thanks for reminding me that there are plenty of dishonest people around, some brazen enough to boast about it on a public forum.
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kudos to op. if u dont know what youre selling then dont be selling it and just give it away. they made $25 and he froze his arse off bringing it home

Bought a dead but now fixed 1980ish craftsman II 10/28....ITS ONE HEAVY BEAST

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congrats on your $25 score pitbull

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"Pitbull Plowing". Let me as you guys something. I assume Pitbull Plowing is a business. After hearing this story, would you trust this guy to plow your property, personal or business? If a curb gets broken, hits your car, a customer's car, or something else goes wrong, will he own up? Or if no one saw it just leave? Will he over bill for things he didn't do, or were faster/easier than he thought?

Just consider this "anything for a buck" attitude. I wouldn't hire him after hearing that story, it's a mirror into his soul. His lack of conscious. Just sayin'.
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kudos to op. if u dont know what youre selling then dont be selling it and just give it away. they made $25 and he froze his arse off bringing it home
after 3 other people looked at it and walked away from it without offering them anything they were happy to get rid of it. If I am selling anything.... a computer to a vehicle i make sure it at least will work and work the way it should within reason, it goes without saying if you are trying to sell a power piece of equipment you should at least make sure it runs or don't offer it for sale.

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Craftsman 22 inch 3.9 hp single stage
Ariens ST504
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kudos to op. if u dont know what youre selling then dont be selling it and just give it away. they made $25 and he froze his arse off bringing it home
not to mention it could very well have been a total pile of junk that wouldnt run at all and would have needed hours or work or hundreds of dollars at a shop to get it running, if it won't attempt to fire when your looking at it it could be totally dead. it is a chance that is worth taking for the right price however.

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Craftsman 22 inch 3.9 hp single stage
Ariens ST504
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It was a disaster sale. They could have said check at the end of the day if we still have it. He knew something they didn't and he took the chance. No different than being at an auction and bidding. It wasn't his job or responsibility to tell them what was wrong with it. They had weeks or months to get this fixed and running to sell at a higher price and they choose not to.

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