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post #1 of 6 Old 11-28-2019, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Got me a 16HP Ariens Hydro!!


No, they dont make a 16hp two-wheeled walk behind blower (yet) but they did make nice h-d tractors in the 70's and 80's...

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1979 Toro 5/24 38040 (now a 6.5)
1978 Ariens S16H Tractor & Plow
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Well there you go... find a nice comfy seat and you'll be plowing that white crap in no time.


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can't kill a old K series kohler ,best of luck Paul. nice machine
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(*sold:Ariens ST27LE)
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Nice machine, I love older ariens stuff.

Side note... I have a 16HP two-wheeled walk behind blower made with some ariens parts, but it was not a store bought unit. Someday ariens might build such a machine, until then we will just have to build our own.

Ariens 24" 910962 7HP
Ariens 24" 924117 Modified Pro 342cc / 15.50 GT.. Currently Under Construction and testing trials commenced .......
Ariens 32" 924044 Modified Pro 342cc / 16.50 GT
Ariens / Troy Bilt 36" Frankenblower 16HP
~~ And Lastly ~~
Ariens 28" 924??? Double auger & impeller 14HP v-twin BEAST !!!
Plans are being drafted, parts are accumulating in the pile......
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Your old 2 wheel walk behind machines used to be made by Gravely, but when Ariens bought out Gravely because they wanted to get rid of the brand and competition of Gravely, they made sure to end all the old reliable rugged machine's production and come out with cheap junk with the Gravely name on it. Ask any Old-Time Gravely enthusiast and owner and they will tell you the same thing.
An awful lot of people got very upset when Ariens did that to Gravely.
When Ariens took over Gravely, they made the four wheel tractors cheaper and less reliable, same with the two wheel tractors, and eventually stopped making them all together. They did not wan't to continue production of them because they would out-last everything that was built then, so they wouldn't have to produce enough of them because of their longevity and lack of replacing them all the time, causing them to loose too much money by not manufacturing enough of them to make it cost effective.
People who owned old Gravely machines kept them for very long times and didn't trade them in or replace them much because they lasted for such a long time and didn't wear out. A lot of people have Gravely tractors that are over 35-40 years old and older, and they are still running/working like they were new machines, plus the price they paid for them back then, they knew the machine would last a long time, maybe they didn't expect them to last as long as they did.
I doubt Ariens will ever try to produce another machine like the old Gravely again, the cost for one, and those old Gravely's were like a "Timex" watch, they took a licking and kept on ticking.
There are still many old Gravely machines out there still running. Those things were built to last, so they were not replaced as often as the Ariens machines were, so they wouldn't make enough money producing them because they lasted for so long and didn't need to be replaced as often as an Ariens machine had to be.
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