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Should I buy a new blower or fix up the old.

Hey guys, I am currently in frozen buffalo New York digging out of close to 8 feet of snow. I ownam Ariens 824 with 24 inch auger and a Tecumseh engin.I bought it in 2001 after we had 8 feet of snow. During this latest 9 foot disaster, the starter fell off. It's a great machine and it served me well… No complaints. I had it serviced at a local shop and they made some major steaks with it. I had to gas leaks and I'm sure that the start of fell off because they didn't tighten the bolts. Cersley right for not doing it myself. Here's my question…

Do I put money into this machine or do I invest in new one. If I am going to get a new one what should I get? Just started researching and that's why am out this forum.I haven't read the snowblower reviews yet but it's on my list. I'm considering a new Ariens or a three stage cub cadet .. So far. I live in Buffalo so I mostly get pretty deep heavy snow. I have a pretty long driveway out in the burbs… In the snow belt. I need something I can rely on. I'm limited because of my garage to about 24 inches. thought ?
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If all that is required is replacing some bolts, then I would say it's a no brainer. Fix it. I replaced my last snowblower when I had to fix it.....every time I used it.
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I wouldn't buy a Cub. For the money you could have a Ariens. How much to fix the 824? Is it in good shape? Do you feel that you need a larger machine? If the 824 does the job, I'd fix it and put back in service.

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Hey guys, I am currently in frozen buffalo New York digging out of close to 8 feet of snow. I ownam Ariens 824 with 24 inch auger and a Tecumseh engin.I bought it in 2001 after we had 8 feet of snow. During this latest 9 foot disaster, the starter fell off. It's a great machine and it served me well… No complaints. I had it serviced at a local shop and they made some major steaks with it. I had to gas leaks and I'm sure that the start of fell off because they didn't tighten the bolts. Cersley right for not doing it myself. Here's my question…

Do I put money into this machine or do I invest in new one. If I am going to get a new one what should I get? Just started researching and that's why am out this forum.I haven't read the snowblower reviews yet but it's on my list. I'm considering a new Ariens or a three stage cub cadet .. So far. I live in Buffalo so I mostly get pretty deep heavy snow. I have a pretty long driveway out in the burbs… In the snow belt. I need something I can rely on. I'm limited because of my garage to about 24 inches. thought ?
if your garage is only 24 inches then how do you keep anything in there. anyway have a look at the TOROS they will dig you out and fast

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if your garage is only 24 inches then how do you keep anything in there. anyway have a look at the TOROS they will dig you out and fast
I would think he means his doorway? Either that or with his car in there that is all the room he has left.

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I did both. I fixed up my '66 Ariens with intent on selling it. I bought a new 24"Platinum SHO this year, but I can't seem to let the '66 go. My only problem now is I don't have enough snow. You on the other hand, could use 2 snow blowers. If you don't have any attachment to the 824, then sell it later. It's worth more if its fixed up, and you shouldn't have a problem selling it this year. Good Luck.

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I would think he means his doorway? Either that or with his car in there that is all the room he has left.
As for the original question, most people would say buy older machines or fix what you have. You stated it just needs some bolts replaced so that is a no brainer. Does your machine have electric start and pull start? It will run with one of them missing.

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The only problem I know about is the bolts. But I know it's been used very hard last decade. As I stated… Maybe I wasn't clear enough…my concern is that I little local shop work on it and they screwed up a number of things. I had two gas leaks ... They had my machine over a year ... I'm concerned there might be further damage I haven't found. The starter has a chip in it. I'm probably going to have to replace the entire piece. It's more than just bolts
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Any shop that has your machine for over a year is a shop to never go back to. For the starters, you can replace just the gears on the electrics and the pawls on the recoils. What is chipped?

One other thing. If you are in Buffalo right now I think you will have trouble finding a blower still for sale. Though, Ariens did post on their facebook the other day that they had a shipment headed that way.

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If I were looking for an outstanding 24", look no further than the Ariens Platinum 24 SHO.
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