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What is the life expectancy of a snowblower?

Just out of curiosity, how long does a well-maintained machine usually last? Mine is almost 20 years old. Of course usage (commercial/residential) and snow amounts are a factor. But I am just wondering if the new machines of today will still be around in 20 years. Also, who has the oldest functioning machine on this blog and what type is it?
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Depends on how you maintain it, and what you bought from the first day.
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Well, the machines from 50 years ago were said to be good for 11.

Go figure.............
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Whatís the life expectancy of a paper weight? Or a car? Too many variables to predict. Depends on brand/quality to start with, how itís used or abused or NOT used (still needs to be maintained if not used) and maintained.
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Just out of curiosity, how long does a well-maintained machine usually last?
I have spent my entire life in the transportation and equipment field and it depends on the operator. Some guys are just hard on everything they use and it shows as breakdowns, early replacement and accidents.
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10000 series Ariens are as thick as hair on a dog in my area....some look a little shopworn, and have patina but still are being used. I think some will be around still in another 40 or more years, or as long as they still make gasoline.
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I have spent my entire life in the transportation and equipment field and it depends on the operator. Some guys are just hard on everything they use and it shows as breakdowns, early replacement and accidents.
Exactly. "divider rider", you're not one of those guys who moves dividers on highways, like the old Tappan Zee, are you?
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Just out of curiosity, how long does a well-maintained machine usually last? Mine is almost 20 years old. Of course usage (commercial/residential) and snow amounts are a factor. But I am just wondering if the new machines of today will still be around in 20 years. Also, who has the oldest functioning machine on this blog and what type is it?
No doubt you have heard about the man that smoked his pipe a very long time.


When a friend who hadn't seen him in years saw him again smoking the same pipe he asked if that was the same pipe.
" Yes "the man replied. "Its had three new stems and two new bowls but it's same old pipe".
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I heard thru the grapevine that the ones in Hawaii and Florida last a very long time.

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I heard thru the grapevine that the ones in Hawaii and Florida last a very long time.
Same used to be said about those on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland here in BC, but now they sometimes get more snow than the rest of the province.

That being said, maintenance and repair, I have several older machines I picked up this year, some older than a few members in this group (from the 70's) that needed carbs or belts.

My brother in law, on the other hand, is lucky to get 5 years out of a new machine. But he now is looking at retiring to Mexico for the winter, so that will change...
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