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wanted opinions on 1995 MTD 8HP

I was offered a 1995 MTD snowblower with 8HP Tecumseh complete minus carburetor, for $40. Looking at the front chute and impeller housing, it was markedly less sturdy than the old Cub Cadet, Gilson, Ariens machines I've been tinkering with and repairing. I passed on it for now.

Does anyone have an MTD 8HP, if so how do you like it ?



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I have a MTD made yard machine, probably around the year 2000 with a bad auger gear. It's torn apart right now and i can't justify spending the $60 or so to fix it. It's so flimsy as far as anything in the auger area goes. If yours is in mint condition i suppose its worth it otherwise it sounds like a freebee to me.
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that's what I thought....the augers and auger box look very weak to my eyes, for an 8HP machine. so does the front chute sheetmetal thickness. The motor is a good 8HP Tecumseh though.

any machine with a good USA motor is worth $40 IMHO, but as I get older, my TIME is a more valuable asset than the money. I'd rather not spend time fixing something that has no real following or unique intrinsic historic collector value.



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well if you got this mtd I don't think you would keep it anyway so if all it needs is a carb and if you can get a carb for ( I don't know the price of a carb for an 8hp Tecumseh motor ) cheap put a carb on it and put it up for sale

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I thought of that. a carb is around $40 shipped.
but I don't think the machine is worth much even if running perfectly
what's a 20 year old, cheaply made machine worth, with no collector value ?



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Maybe $100-150 in my area if it is in perfect shape. People ask for more but those ads stay up for a long time. Winter time you might get more, but i don't feel like trying to compete with guys that think they are a neighborhood small engine dealer.

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that's why I balked....I'm sure the machine has a few other minor issues in addition to the missing carb, if I paid $40 and put $60 into it, and it's worth only $100, perhaps it's not worth the time taken from other projects

I saw the 3 blade impeller and that just turned me off....

if it was free I would have loaded it up and taken it though...



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Right there with you on the free part, i wonder if i need to check myself into a treatment center or something....
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not at all...free is the way a lot of business works today
when people renovate homes, they call in scrappers who take all the old copper, steel, cast pipes, radiator, old furnace, boilers for free

the scrapper gets free scrap, the home renovator gets free service

there's a lot of home cleanouts where they put "free" on the stuff outside and people just help themselves to it

if you have the space to store it, grab it up- nothing to lose there. can always throw it out later

but paying for it is another thing.

in my case, I now have 5 snowblowers so I have to start being picky



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not at all...free is the way a lot of business works today
when people renovate homes, they call in scrappers who take all the old copper, steel, cast pipes, radiator, old furnace, boilers for free

the scrapper gets free scrap, the home renovator gets free service

there's a lot of home cleanouts where they put "free" on the stuff outside and people just help themselves to it

if you have the space to store it, grab it up- nothing to lose there. can always throw it out later

but paying for it is another thing.

in my case, I now have 5 snowblowers so I have to start being picky

I have 2 snowblowers now and the wife says no more. I like my old Gilson made Montgomery Ward 8/26 becuase it has a very cool unitrol drive system how ever it will keep a running if you let go of it so I am sure the safety regulations required a hand grip drive release and auger release incase of someone falling down the blower auger and drive will stop.
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