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post #1 of 20 Old 11-11-2014, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Arctic snowblower 8hp 26 inch cut

Hello Everyone, I'm going to check out an Arctic snowblower 826 with about a 1974 vintage. I was told that it ran last year but stopped running. Something about a rusty gas tank. As long as everything appears solid and not locked. I may pick it up for the right price. Anyone know what a fair price might be? Below are links to Arctic machines but not the one I am going to look at.

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I would think $50 would be a good starting point with movement up if it looks cared for and downward if it is a scrap queen. MH

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Thanks Motorhead64. I was thinking starting at $30 and moving up and down. I'm hoping to get it running for a friend that is like family and having a tough time. Their boys are in college. So their shovel help is not around. Does this blower look like it could have been made by John Deere?
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Okay, I picked her up. She is rough but doable. Paid $45. Immediate fix is to clear rust from inside of gas tank. Picked up new fuel filter as well. Clean carb as well. Auger blade is slightly bent and rubs housing. Will probably heat it and bend back. From the picks can anyone tell if this blower looks to have been sourced by Deere?

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Interesting... Looks like an old Roper as a whole. Wheels look Toroish, Shoes are MTD
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Looks solid.

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When I was working on my snow blower with a metal tank I filled it with Evapo-rust
from Harbor Freight, and left it sit for a couple of days. I was very happy with the results. Not the cheapest, but you can reuse it. Just thought I would throw that out as an idea to clean out the tank for you.

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My first thought when looking at the photos was "Thats a John Deere"..
the handlebar shape, and the bucket shape are very close to the 1980's John Deere machines..

It has never been confirmed, as far as I know, that Deere did in fact make their own snowblowers! (we know for certain they did *not* after 1991..but the exact origin of the Deere snowblowers before 1991 has never been worked out.)

It is *believed* they were made by the John Deere company itself..but we dont know for sure.

But apart from that, 1980's Deere snowblowers and this "Artic" machine clearly share some DNA..

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Panda Guy, thanks for the tip. The product is pricey but if it works its worth the money. I went the cheap route and picked up some white vinegar and placed it in the tank with the pet **** off. I'll give it 24 hours and see how it works. I'm glad there was an inline filter attached to the gas line. It was crazy how much rust flowed out of the line when I removed it.

Scot, you are right there is a whole lot of dna shared between these two machines. I'm looking to order a belt cover from Deere. The left, muffler side, wheel has a lock-out, like the Deere machine, for single or 2 wheel drive. The chute and auger blades look alike. The entire transmission mechanism looks the same as well.

Still doing research. Thanks everyone for your input.
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For the rust I have read of a lot of guys throwing a hand full of gravel or nuts in the tank as well. Some going as far as wrapping the tank in towels and sticking it in the clothes dryer for a few cycles.

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