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Question 10530SBE: Is it worth fixing?

Hello all,
I purchased a used 2006 Husqvarna 10530SBE Snow Thrower from a coworker for $275 In January 2013. I took it recently to a power equipment repair shop in town to get it serviced and overall check up. They found multiple items that need replacement or repair totaling $300 in parts and about $395 in labor.(see list below) My question for the forum is, should I just buy another blower/thrower? Or, should I buy the parts and attempt the repairs myself? I consider myself to be decently handy as I perform my own oil/trans fluid changes, brake pads/rotor replacements on my car. Through looking at some videos on Youtube, small engine repair work doesn't seem like rocket science. If you take something apart, you put back together in reverse order, simple.

Repair List: Total cost of parts found online - $275 w/ shipping.
  1. Various shear/hex bolt replacements (auger, motor mount, etc)
  2. Spark plug replacement
  3. Impeller belt, probably replace the drive belt at the same time.
  4. Protective plastic belt cover replacement
  5. New deflector control assembly
  6. New chute rotator control assembly
  7. Axle bearing replacement

Thank you in advance for your advice.
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hmmm..
my first thought is that this is a seriously padded list!
a 9 year old snowblower shouldnt need that much done to it..
unless it was unusually unfortunate to have a very neglectful and abusive first owner..which can happen.

Can you post some photos? im curious what some of those cosmetic issues look like.
we need a feel for what kind of condition this machine is really in before we can say if the dealer list is really legit or not..
(im guessing not so legit! unless this snowblower was unusually neglected by the original owner.)

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hello dos, welcome to SBF
are the bolt ( shear, hex bolts, and motor mount ) broken
is the belt cover broken or missing
are the deflector and chute assemblys brken on not working properly
change both belts and replace the sparkplug also do an oil change and lube everything that needs it. if you can get an owners manual and go through it, it might show lube points and b of some help to you

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That's Why I maintain all my small engines myself. As to motor mounts. Small engines are simply bolted to the snowblower body. They do not have official motor mounts like a car engine does. I am surprised that they did not tell you you need to change the blinker fluid in your Snowblower. Gives Dealers a bad name in my opinion. Dealer = stealer in many ways. The only time I bring any thing into a dealer is if it is still under warranty.
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Thank you for the quick responses!

I"ll try to answer some of the questions:
-I know I wrote "motor mounts", that is not what they told me. The 4 bolts that hold the engine in place, 3 are missing.
-There are various bolts that are missing or broken, like a shear bolt on one side of the auger needs to be replaced.
-The belt cover mounts to the engine, one side has snapped.
-I do have the manual for the thrower and the engine manual.
-The deflector assembly wire is broken, and the chute rotator assembly works. It just doesn't work as smoothly or easily as it probably should. The chute rotator I'll probably just leave alone and see if I can lube some of the moving parts.
-AS FAR AS THE FIRST OWNER GOES...I was told that it was only used a few times over the first few years until they bought an ATV w/ snow plow attachment. The first owner was the father of my coworker who is not a handy person, when something breaks he buys a new one.

I will try to take some pictures son and post them. I'm sure that will help in assessing whether to try and sell and buy a new one, or repair this one on my own.
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Bolts and shear pins can be bought at a hardware store. I would replace the missing bolts and use nylon ring lock nuts to secure the engine down since they are unlikely to loosen up due to engine vibration. If the engine bolts that are missing are as the result of broken off studs you will need to drill them out to replace the bolts. You simply need to remove the belly pan cover and drill out any broken off studs and install new bolts. As to the chute you can use a low temperature grease to lube it. You may need to adjust it so it works better. As to repair of broken metal or plastic parts some times you can repair parts with sheet metal and rivets or find a replacement part on ebay or buy it on the Internet for a lot less then the dealer is charging.

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Looks like they tryin to get rich quick at the expense of their customers (yours) pockets

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Yes, it's worth fixing. But, not by that guy.
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Yes, it's worth fixing. But, not by that guy.
I agree! the cable will probably cost more than the shear bolt and nylock nuts. the belt cover can be repaired with sheet metal or sheet aluminum and rivets or nuts and bolts on to hold everything together

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hmmm..

Can you post some photos? im curious what some of those cosmetic issues look like.
we need a feel for what kind of condition this machine is really in before we can say if the dealer list is really legit or not..

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Here are some photos of my humble machine, I've decided to try to fix it myself. Hopefully with some guidance from the forum, I'll get it purring and save some of my hard earned samolians.
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