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90’s MTD Gold 8/26

Just bought an MTD Gold 8/26 on Craigslist. Seems to be 90’s vintage. I plan to use it for the first time this weekend where it’s forecasted 24” over two days. We average 200” per year here near South Lake Tahoe. The last couple years had 10’ drifts. Just wondering if I made the right decision? This is my first snowblower. I’m semi mechanicaly inclined working on Jeeps and Volkswagens so I think I can keep this machine going. Just wondering if is up to the task of removing LOTS of snow?
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Check the auger belt for tightness, friction disk for wear, auger spins free when the shear pins are removed, drain the gas from tank and carb, put a strong carb cleaner in the tank, put synthetic oil in

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Should work just fine, keep it maintained and stored out of the elements. Keep safety at the forefront.
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Get the operator's manual, usually can be found online (mtdproducts.com), it will tell you how to properly adjust lots of stuff. All the machines I've bought off craigslist need service even if they say they have been recently serviced.
You should clean, adjust, and lubricate everything.

In addition to what others have recommended:
Remove wheels NOW and put grease or anti-seize on axles to prevent rust welding, remove belly pan and lightly grease the hex shaft in the transmission, lightly oil all shafts and bushings in transmission. Don't get anything on the rubber wheel or the flat disc, if you do, clean it off. If the auger shaft has grease fittings, apply lots of grease to the auger tube to prevent rust welding. If there are no grease fittings on the auger assembly it will need to be removed to grease the auger shaft (removal is a time consuming process, you don't have to do it now, but if you don't you may be sorry later). The augers should be slightly loose on the internal shaft. Install a new spark plug, drain old fuel, remove and clean carb fuel bowl, change oil. Buy some spare shear pins. Shear pins should be slightly loose, do not fully tighten.

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