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Hi guys,

First post here.

I'm going to be checking out this used snowblower:

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According to the seller, he's the original owner, he thinks it's approximately 10 years old (but he's not sure), and he said that it works great with very little rust. When I asked him about what preventive maintenance was performed on it, he said that he uses his "lawnmower guy" to pick up and service his mower and blower every year. He's an older guy, and says he's only selling it because maneuvering it hurts his back.

What is your opinion of this machine? Reliable? Moves snow well? I'm not as old as the seller, but I'm no spring chicken either (51 yrs old). Just how beastly are these large-frame blowers to maneuver?

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Those are top of the line blowers, very good one's

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That's a sweet deal if you ask me. Id buy that just because it's a cool machine. Of course I am biased<have a simplicity> but will admit there are more knowledgeable folks on here. Heck I'm the new guy.
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300 is a very good price for this machine. It is very well built and will last many years it properly maintained. It would be a no brainer for me if i was looking for another machine.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

Does anyone have any experience using these machines? Just how hard are they to maneuver? The seller is selling because he can't handle this blower anymore. I'm sure I'm more fit than he is, but I'll be curious to see just how ridiculous it is to rotate when changing directions.

He told me that the little lever beneath the left hand grip releases traction from one wheel, which should make it easier to rotate the machine. But still, if this machine is super front-heavy, it still might be hard to do....
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Welcome Steve!

I can't say for sure but it looks like a Tecumseh OHV engine...not their bread and butter(L-heads) however OHV is generally a better motor design...just don't know how well the Tecumseh OHV's performed relative to Honda & Briggs. I'd like to have one just to play with it!

As far as the price...I think it's reasonable as long as it's in good shape & the engine is sound...hard to gauge with the blurry images.


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Thanks for the quick replies.

Does anyone have any experience using these machines? Just how hard are they to maneuver? The seller is selling because he can't handle this blower anymore. I'm sure I'm more fit than he is, but I'll be curious to see just how ridiculous it is to rotate when changing directions.

He told me that the little lever beneath the left hand grip releases traction from one wheel, which should make it easier to rotate the machine. But still, if this machine is super front-heavy, it still might be hard to do....
I have the 32 inch model and it is big but i let the machine do the work. I find it easier than my smaller 9 hp craftsman as it's heavier and moves thru snow with less effort. let the machine do the work as It's designed to do.
My simplicity displays no tendencies to ride up so far but to be fair last year was my first season with the machine.
We got quite a bit of snow in the Boston area last year and I cant ever remember having such fun with low effort clearing my Drives.

Oh and I'm 53 and in descent shape.
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I have a large frame 1984 large frame Cub Cadet that weighs over 235lbs that has a posi axle so it turns pretty easily and I am 61 years old and in good shape. You should not have any problems with the machine, as long as you let it do the work and don't try to muscle it around.
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I have the simplicity p1524e. I am 62 years old and have no problem using it. I just finished blowing about 3 fluffy inches this morning. It really shines when blowing the heavy wet stuff that other lesser blowers may struggle with. Love it. As others said, I would buy it in an instant. But of course I am biased. My blower is going on four years. Regular maintenance (new plugs, oil change, grease, etc). Hand warmers really helped this morning with the gusty winds and cold temps. Local dealer is close.
Only caveat is the blurry pictures, and no closeups of the engine. That might be a red flag, or just a lousy picture taker. My simplicity has a Briggs engine. So far no problems. Fire it up and try it out at different speeds, and turn it around a lot before buying it.

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I have to agree with what everyone has said so far. It does not appear beat up, maybe a little dusty, but so am I. And if I am not mistaken, if you use the trigger axle disconnect while under power, it will allow for the machine to power around in one direction. That may take some getting used to, but manageable, as long as you plan ahead with your chute direction, it should be ok.

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