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Replace '96 Simplicity 860 with '06 Ariens 926LE?

Greetings all. Have a question for the brain trust: I used to buy and overhaul snowblowers for fun when I was younger, but I eventually settled on a 1996-ish Baker 824 (Simplicity 860) that I bought as a worn-out basket case and rebuilt. That was a good twelve years ago at least--if anyone here was active on equipment forums back then you might remember this one. It's a tank of a machine, but the entire time I've had it it's never really attacked packed snow the way pretty much every other snowblower I've owned has. It also has a high-miles engine from a 1980s Deere, and "only" a 12" impeller.

Just found a local guy with a 2006 Ariens 926LE (926001) he's selling for $300. This thing's newer, has a bigger bucket, 14" impeller, a twin-belt upgrade, and a better engine (9hp flathead Tecumseh) than mine. I'm strongly considering buying the thing and moving on from the Simplicity. Would this be a sound move? I'm a little out of touch with the post-2000 snowblower market, but I gather the 926LE was a solid mid-level machine other than having a cheaper drivetrain than the classic Ariens I'm familiar with. I love my Simplicity's build quality but all the Ariens I've owned in the past blew snow better.

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I would go with the Ariens if it will markedly blow snow better. Also I love "the eyes" on the front of your bucket!
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Haha, thanks. Every snowblower needs more anger.

Haven't personally used a newer high-bucket Ariens, but the older ones did the job really well. I think part of the issue with the Simplicity is the auger--around 1990 they introduced a stronger gearbox, but the shape required they reduce the size of the auger and move it back in the bucket. But I've always been a little confused because I doubt every Simplicity made in the last 20 years has trouble with heavy dense snow.
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Sounds like a great price, especially considering the dual belt upgrade has already been done. I'm always looking to upgrade, so I say go for it.

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Why "replace" and not "add"? You can never have enough snowblowers...

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I just wanna be sure this would be an upgrade, and there isn't something I'd be losing (other than the awesome Simplicity box handlebars.)


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Why "replace" and not "add"? You can never have enough snowblowers...

Been there, done that. Neighbors didn't appreciate the parking lot of snowblowers constantly shuffling around.
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