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post #1 of 23 Old 10-01-2016, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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CL find...Should I or Shouldn't I??

I think I would like to buy a single stage snow blower to use just for those smaller storms. I already own an Ariens 24" Deluxe that does a great job, but something smaller for those nuisance storms would be nice to have.

I found this Simplicity Snow Tackler on Craig's List the other day. The owner is asking an arm and a leg (plus some other more important body parts I think), but I've gone back and forth with him and got the price down to $75. The only reason why I'm even toying with the idea is that I think it's pretty cool, being a Patriot fan. Plus, I bought the same exact unit about 17 years ago for my first house back when my better half and I just got married.

My question is, if it does run and still blow snow, is $75 worth it?
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If it runs well and the belt, paddles and scraper bar are good )it probably isn't too bad a deal. Wow. Down to $75 from asking price of $300... Something is a little strange unless you are very gifted with a silver tongue...

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$75 Yes! $300 No!
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I just noticed that there appears to be a toggle switch to the right of the safety decal. I'm not exactly sure what this switch could be for except for maybe using the electric starter. I know that these machines came with that option, but that's not the OEM switch. The OEM switch, I think either installed at the factory or by the dealer, was on the dash between the primer and key. Any thoughts?
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I would think a running single stage in good condition is worth the 75 bucks you've been able to negotiate him down to.
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I would guess the toggle switch is being used as the engine kill switch. More importantly, it looks like the left side of the auger is broken and will have to be welded\repaired. Depending on the damage, it may need a whole new auger assembly and could be the reason for the huge price reduction.

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I think alot of the service parts for those aren't available.




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...looks like the left side of the auger is broken and will have to be welded\repaired. Depending on the damage, it may need a whole new auger assembly and could be the reason for the huge price reduction.
Really? What exactly are you looking at?
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Really? What exactly are you looking at?
yep...something is amiss on the left side from the operators position.

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Smolenski, If you want or need a ss for quick clearing or running the whole system WALK AWAY FROM THAT POS. Just my opinion, but any person who wants to remove snow should be looking at a Toro Powerlite on the used market. You would be much better off paying $500 for the Toro compared to $1 for the one you found. I would never advise paying that for a powerlite, but you will get that in service if running well..
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