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Help Me Decide....New Ariens Deluxe 28 or repair

Hi...I ran across this forum while researching a new Deluxe 28. I've been using a 60's Ariens Sno-Thro since Dad bought it new. I blew the motor in this last storm...heavy wet snow. I believe the connecting rod broke, and am currently trying to decide whether I want to repair it (myself) or buy a new beast.

I'm almost sold on the new Ariens Deluxe 28, but have a few concerns. The major one is the AutoTurn. Of course, I'm set in my ways and *one* with my old blower, so I'm suspicious of anything new.....but I like the AT....in theory. The concern is that my driveway is uneven gravel and frozen tire ruts are the norm. With all the talk of unadjusted skids and body misalignment causing problems, I have to wonder if I'll be constantly fighting this machine? I'd love to hear from anybody who uses the AT specifically under uneven conditions.

The other minor design issue is the brace that holds the auger in the mouth of the blower. It looks like it would collect snow.

I'll probably be tearing down the old Tecumseh anyway, just to see what I can do....but I could be easily persuaded to invest in a bigger "orange".

Any advice is appreciated.
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Myself, I am a plumber... I fix stuff. I do not like new things made cheaper or overseas. I myself, would fix your old machine, and I'd be looking for another US made engine. New or NOS or whatever...
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hello tommy, welcome to SBF!! if you buy the deluxe 28 it would give you more time to fix up the old sno-thro the right way and at a more leasurly pace

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Hay Tommy. Welcome to the forum.

I hate to say it, but I think the Auto Turn will frustrate you with your driveway as you described it. It will jump and move around on you, even with the scraper bar jacked way up.

As far as the front brace collecting snow, I have not had that problem. And if I did, so be it. Before I put my blower away after each use, I take a small straw broom and clean it off. If there was snow hung up in there, I would just clear it out, then I tun the augers for a minute or two.

Maybe look for the deluxe 28 with the trigger. My last Ariens had that, and was pretty nice, but then again I have a glass smooth black top drive.

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I say fix the old one and buy the new one too.
New is nice, but heck, over 50 years old, isn't it like part of the family by now?

Fixing the original engine would be nice to keep it original, but you could also re-power it with a replacement engine.

Buy the new one but fix the old one.

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Hi...I ran across this forum while researching a new Deluxe 28. I've been using a 60's Ariens Sno-Thro since Dad bought it new. I blew the motor in this last storm...heavy wet snow. I believe the connecting rod broke, and am currently trying to decide whether I want to repair it (myself) or buy a new beast.

I'm almost sold on the new Ariens Deluxe 28, but have a few concerns. The major one is the AutoTurn. Of course, I'm set in my ways and *one* with my old blower, so I'm suspicious of anything new.....but I like the AT....in theory. The concern is that my driveway is uneven gravel and frozen tire ruts are the norm. With all the talk of unadjusted skids and body misalignment causing problems, I have to wonder if I'll be constantly fighting this machine? I'd love to hear from anybody who uses the AT specifically under uneven conditions.

The other minor design issue is the brace that holds the auger in the mouth of the blower. It looks like it would collect snow.

I'll probably be tearing down the old Tecumseh anyway, just to see what I can do....but I could be easily persuaded to invest in a bigger "orange".

Any advice is appreciated.
do both...if you can afford a new machine, have at it. but don't trash the old one. a connecting rod is very cheap, bolt a new one in the old machine, keep it for posterity.




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there are new old stock tecumsaparts in warehouse's here in the states. or better yet slap a shiny new BRIGGS on it and call it a day well done. ALOHA from the frozen tundra.: cool:

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buy a predator from harbor freight and just repower it
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buy a predator from harbor freight and just repower it
+1 You didn't specify what engine is on the old one, but the new Predator is probably almost the same dimensions. Should be able to use your old pulley and the only change needed would be knock out the old mounting studs to put longer bolts in and maybe move the crank rod slightly.

The 212cc engines can be had for $80 - $120 depending on sales and coupons. They are rated as 6.5 - 7 HP and people are using them to replace anything from 3.5 HP to 8 HP engines.

You can always keep the original engine and rebuild it in the summer time.

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