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post #1 of 22 Old 09-21-2014, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Still need some help/opinions

Hey all-

Posted a few weeks ago asking for some advice on buying a blower and I've been scrounging Craigslist and have whiffed on two nice blowers (30 mins late on both of them). Everything else I've found has been too small (24") or way overpriced. With 160' driveway I'd really like to stay above 28".

Here's what's currently available--just curious as to your thoughts?

$599 - 924007



$800 - ST1236



8 HP 32" - 924042 $550




My local agway has a 2006 11528 LE for $799.


All of the above seem overpriced to me--any thoughts on what a reasonable price would be and which of those you'd go after? I do have the option to buy new, but I'd prefer to save some cash and get something used in good shape.

I really want to have a blower in the garage within the next two weeks. I don't want to be screwing around with this towards the middle/end of October with a baby due in November and end up with some freak snow storm and not be able to get out of the driveway.

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if you shop for cosmetic niceness you will pay-pay-pay

you can get a monster of a machine in the $75-$150 range if there's a little surface rust on it, as it turns off the trendies who shop based on looks.

I got the 7 machines in my signature for $30-$50-$75-$125-$75, and 2 for free. this is what I'm talking about.

for the price of one looker you can have 7 workers

beauty is only skin deep, but it's also costly. if you're looking at flawless well painted machines, that's what it will cost

having said that if you decide to bite the bullet and ante up, with a 160' driveway, get the 12/36




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Well, there's limited machines in that price range that are older and/or 'beat up'.

For the most part, folks are looking for $300+ for anything above 28" here--regardless of age.

Here's the only thing a quick Craigslist search comes up with that's under $275.

$100 - 26" Cut - No model #
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Keep in mind that from this time of year and on to winter prices are higher and will climb when snow hits. of those posted I'd try to get the 12/36 down to $600-$675. I myself wouldn't be afraid of the older 8-32 either. very solid machine but needs to be lower in price.. maybe $400- looks to be great shape. A lot of us 'oldies' know the toughness of them old Ariens as we've had many for years. But you do got to look them over good for the wear areas and/or neglection causing issues (bottom of tub wore away from wore out shoes/axle bearings wore,ect)
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Be careful with that "$100 - 26" Cut - No model #".

Those style Ariens only came in 24" and 32". There were a few compact 20" models in the slightly newer ones.

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I'd Jump on that $100 Machine, especially if it Runs. It's a 73-4 and has a 24"bucket. Those are Very Durable Machines, and the last of the 10000 series.

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I'd Jump on that $100 Machine, especially if it Runs. It's a 73-4 and has a 24"bucket. Those are Very Durable Machines, and the last of the 10000 series.
It's in Monson, Mass--not sure where you are. I really want something bigger than a 24" for the size of the driveway I have.

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Keep in mind that from this time of year and on to winter prices are higher and will climb when snow hits. of those posted I'd try to get the 12/36 down to $600-$675. I myself wouldn't be afraid of the older 8-32 either. very solid machine but needs to be lower in price.. maybe $400- looks to be great shape. A lot of us 'oldies' know the toughness of them old Ariens as we've had many for years. But you do got to look them over good for the wear areas and/or neglection causing issues (bottom of tub wore away from wore out shoes/axle bearings wore,ect)
The 1979 32" has been pretty much completely 'gone through'. The seller is a retired guy who buys them cheap, fixes em up, and sells them on Craigslist. He's got a ton of ads with a variety of blowers.

Here's his ad: "It has a new spark plug - new oil - new wheel bearings - new friction drive disc - carb kit - gear box & auger axel lubed. & of course painted. It runs excellent."

I'll email him and see if I can't chew him down on his price. It's been listed for over 2 months.
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hope you can get him down.. I currently got a 78 (32") and a same era 24". I love my machines- but then I love all them old Ariens anything. Sounds like he did a through job on getting it ready. Should last for years if everything is up to snuff. The Tecumseh is questionable, but I've had them last forever and I've bought some that gernaded a hole in the block right after buying, even after putting fresh oil in.. depends on its past history I imagine. very important on them to keep to full mark and oil changed on a regular basis. For the most part they will be work horses for years. I know that $100 24" is not big enough.. But that is a good price if it runs good and is solid. You might find a 32" bucket for it eventually- but they are scarce. I found one complete with impeller for $50! It's the one I'm re-doing for my blower- it came with the 6-blade impeller. anyway- just some thought. As Shryp said: be careful the on the 26" -might be a scammer. You think he'd know what he has.. but then maybe not.

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The 1979 32" has been pretty much completely 'gone through'. The seller is a retired guy who buys them cheap, fixes em up, and sells them on Craigslist. He's got a ton of ads with a variety of blowers.

Here's his ad: "It has a new spark plug - new oil - new wheel bearings - new friction drive disc - carb kit - gear box & auger axel lubed. & of course painted. It runs excellent."

I'll email him and see if I can't chew him down on his price. It's been listed for over 2 months.
I've dealt with that guy on a number of occasions. Great guy, down to earth, knows what the heck he's doing with those older machines, and just a wealth of knowledge. I went to him for some parts and we just started talking for an hour about snowblowers.

Cash walks nowadays, so try to haggle with him by bringing a pocket full of Benjamin's

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