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Yard King? Murray? Is this 8/27 a good deal?

I have a chance to possibly pick up this Yard King 8/27 for < $100. Looks to be in very rust free condition. The owner says the gas tank leaks a little. Thoughts? Does Murray make this? Can I still can a manual for this online? Appreciate all your thoughts.
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If it's all operational, I think it's worth a hundred. If the motor is bad these have adjustable engine mounts so just about anything will bolt up (like a $99 predator 212 if you don't mind pull start, not much more than a replacement fuel tank) The tank may just need a gasket or it could have freeze crack. The front ends are thin and cheaply made on these, the auger bend easily and the sheet metal is rust prone, but they perform adequately for cheap blowers. This model has been in production for many seasons and has been rebranded by nearly every consumer brand you can think of including John Deere and Sears. Many color schemes were available. The plus side is lots of used parts are readily available and these are good for taller operators, plus they have large snow hog tires. The down side is these are light duty and rust prone and lack resale value.
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Bargain, Buy it.

I have the same machine but a Noma 9/27". Also a Murray made - Craftsman 10/29", Dynamark 8/26", Noma 5/24". I think they all are great machines.

I don't think the augers bend easily, metal is as thick or thicker than the machines today, not light duty, it has some weight to it, not any more prone to rust than an Ariens, and I can sell them (if there's snow!).

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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Thanks for the feedback. Two more questions. What color is the orange on that snow blower? Does it match anything commercially available? Finally, see the pic below. The auger looks small in the bucket to me. Is that the original auger?
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I have an orange, 2 black, and 2 different grays.

All mine have a 12" impeller, check "yours".

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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Yes that is the original auger, And I meant the rakes can bend (at least on the ones I've seen around here. rusty bent tines and corroded rake shafts) That one is still in very good condition, must not have been used in a lot of salt. It's worth 100 and like I said a predator will have enough juice to power it if that engine is junk (although if the chassis is any indicator the motor is probably still good, find a used tank)
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Any thoughts on where I could get paint to match it off the shelf (pumpkin orange??)

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I'd find the fuel leak and use Super Glue or smear epoxy over the leak.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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@evh,

Good buy at 100 imo.

Orange spray paint has many variables out there … That does look bright enough to be Pumpkin Orange.
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