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Chance to buy a JD 826 for $400 (Canadian)

Hey experts, I am buying my first ever snowblower. I now have a cement driveway that is 115 ft x 15ft. Just enough that I don't want to shovel it after a blizzard (Central Canada).

I have the opportunity to buy a JD 826 for $400 (two pics included) The owner has installed an electric start and has assured me that it is running fine. My options are either buy this machine for $400 and do the work to make it last or buy a new Toro for $1200+tax.

I have read that these are great machines on this forum. My friend is a small engine mechanic and I am somewhat handy, willing to put in the work to maintain and learn about an older machine. Is $400 a fair price for this machine and would you recommend I pick it up?

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If everything works, the Deere is likely a good buy and a good machine to use as a main snowblower.
It looks good in the photos!

My first thought on the $400 was "too much"..but im thinking US dollars.
I did the conversion, and that's $315 in US dollars, which is perfectly reasonable for this time of year.

If everything checks out and the machine works as it should, I would say its a fine decision.
I have seen no complaints about these "original" John Deeres..
This would be a machine actually built by JD, 1991 or earlier.
Most likely a 1980's machine..which isnt an issue if everything is in good conditiion.

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Thanks for your insight Scot, I really appreciate it. Everything I am reading says the same. I will work my negotiaion magic and see what kind of price I can get it down too. I am sure there is a popular post around about what to check when buying a snowblower. I will check that out next.
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I am sure there is a popular post around about what to check when buying a snowblower. I will check that out next.
There is an excellent video on YouTube by DonnyBoy
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i have (2) running 824's and a third for parts, they are Beasts.
Buy it!
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I have a 1883 "real" John Deere 1032, later models were made by Ariens and Murray. The original as you have are beasts, cast iron gear box. Two things negative about them. The chute is too short and needs to be extended at least 12" longer, at least. It will throw further. And the handles are weak for the weight of the machine and need to be supported better.

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Look again at the photos.. I'd consider that a tall chute. I know what you mean by the earlier JDs having short chutes, but that's not one of them.
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Look again at the photos.. I'd consider that a tall chute. I know what you mean by the earlier JDs having short chutes, but that's not one of them.
Looking at it again and without going outside, I do think my chute is shorter but I also think this chute is not as long as you think it is.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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my idea of a short JD chute:

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...121785&thumb=1

the chute i think the snowblower on post #1 has:

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...121793&thumb=1
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I think my JD 1032 has the first chute, the shortest. Thanks for the pictures.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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