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finally found one.. then passed on it?

Years ago a friend gave me a old 'Dayton' blower he had that was built like a tank. It had a real HD steel 'paddle wheel' type impellor like the Bob-cat ones. It was gold in color. I always regretted selling it but it was in rough shape. Yesterday I found 2 for 100/pair- but decided at my age and fact I got my big Ariens plus another good Ariens as a back-up.. I passed on it. Anyone ever search for the right one.. only to pass on it? Still thinking but realistcly I don't need it nor have time right now to do anything with it. I'd never use it either unless I dumped my others. Did I make mistake? I guess I got the blower Blues.
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It happened to me just last weekend!
I have been casually looking for a big 1979 Ariens 1032, the largest of the "orange and white" machines before Ariens switched to the new Orange & Black style in 1980.

I found one! about 40 minutes away..good price too!
I asked the guy via email if it had an electric start, he said yes..
and I asked if it had a differential..he said yes..perfect!

So I drove out last weekend to look at it..
He hadnt started it since last winter..(oddly he didnt bother to test to see if it would still start before listing it for sale! I guess he just assumed it would be fine)

well, it started *really* hard..(no electric start afterall, he was wrong about that.)
finally got it to start with the pull-cord..it idled roughly, then instantly died when the augers were engaged.

I passed, because it was "more rough" than what I wanted..
It would have been perfect for a future restoration project, which I do want to attempt eventually..but im also looking for a second *working* snowblower, as a backup to my '71 Ariens..I want a machine that works as-is..and I dont have a ton of storage space..So I passed, and will keep looking..

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-20-2014, 10:16 AM
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i've passed on several lately

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I've passed on a few and have had regrets. Not too often though. Just this morning I am kicking around driving 25 miles to check one out. He knows it begins with a T but can't remember if it's a troy or toro.

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i've passed on several lately
FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! you still have to get that POWERSHIFT going. and get rid of the other 2 you were talking about there MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER..:e ek:

Long LIVE THE POWERSHIFT!! MAY IT NEVER RUST IN PEACE!!
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I've had a number of them that fooled me and only found out once home and looking closely I'd have been better off walking away.

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I just passed on one tonight coincidentally enough. I've been looking for a cheap 65-74 Ariens, one I can put trac team attachements on if ever I was lucky enough to come across one not 200 miles away. Found a '68 on CL for $100, blown 7 hp tecumseh. Figured I could repower it for the time being and leave it at my Dad's. I looked at it for a good long time, mainly because I've never had my hands on one with the two engagement levers. It was used w/out a scraper bar so the bottom of the housing was beat up, and one of the sides was up against the augers, scraping as I tried to spin it. Missing the bottom plate too. I offered the guy $60 and he wouldn't budge so I walked. I really wanted it, but price was just too much.

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Smart move Ray. It's just way too much work to try and repair years of neglect unless it's something you have a lot of experience with.
I'd rather pay a little more and have a better starting point.

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agree..

I agree with last post- Their are many more out there where the bottoms and sides have no wear. just the scrapers and shoes. You'll find one.. keep looking. They are plentiful here in WI, but guess that don't do you any good. good Luck.
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Thanks fellas...I thought I would feel bad leaving it behind, but I actually felt a little relieved driving home. The hunt goes on...

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