Freebie! 2003 JD 826D in beautiful condition!
I connected with someone on a local neighbor website a month ago who was looking for suggestions for a new snowblower because his snowblower, 2003 John Deere 826D made by Ariens, was on it's last legs and not worth fixing according to the owner of a repair shop. I reached out posting brand suggestions and offering to pick up his old snowblower (hoping for free). No response. A month went by and he sent me an email last Saturday saying I could have it for free. Not wanting to wait and lose it, I picked it up yesterday.
He, after spending hundreds of dollars for servicing, it still ran like crap because of a dirty vanished carb, possibly because the shop missed the broken primer house at the carb, he not realizing the two shops never adjusted the skid shoes and I had to replace the scraper bar because there is no metal left for me to weld to. And, he couldn't control the machine due to severe creeping. The two shops told him he would have to live with the creeping as it could not be adjusted out. He felt another reason to get rid of it. What good is it if every time he starts it and it moves? There is no neutral. He can't stop the machine. You have it in gear, high gear, slip and fall, goodbye the machine! Maybe in to the road! Yikes!
So I brought it home yesterday and went through it.
First, the carb was disassembled, the welch plug was removed, so so very important! The carb was put in a dunk tank to sit while I explored and worked on other things, then reassembled. It runs great now! Welch plug $1
The primer hose was broken at the carb, a snip of the scissors at the end of the hose and put it on.
One skid shoe was worn. I welded metal on to the bottom of both shoes.
The scraper bar was junk, any more wear and the auger housing would have been scraping. A visit to the John Deere dealer to replace it, $21 plus $5 for the gas.
Missing a shear pin. Replaced both for $3.
The plastic wheels leak air and brought them to the tire store for tubes, $30 installed.
Missing two 5/16" bolts that hold the chute tilt mechanism to the chute.
I tightened just slightly, the auger belt idler pulley against the belt.
The drive and auger belts of course have use on it but I wouldn't replace them. They don't look in any danger of breaking, besides I have backup blowers.
The oil was changed using synthetic oil. $5
Lastly, the creeping was fixed. I put the shifter lever in the lowest, R2, loosened the two nuts at the shifter arm, moved the hex axle to the far right holding it while moving the friction wheel to the far left.
What a pleasure and feel of accomplishment when it starts, runs well even purring, no hesitation, no surging or hunting, and no creeping! Ready to grab it, not knowing, if it will start moving!
For $65 in parts I got myself a nice blower. Picked up yesterday, brought home, fixed in one day, and today the expected rain snow slush mix has been upgraded to 3"-5"!
Keep it? Sell it? For how much? Not until I get another in this great a condition. I have a 1995 Murray Craftsman 10/29" I like and will keep that. Eventually selling my real 1993 John Deere 10/30"; selling my 1986 Ariens ST522, I like it's size and maneuverability, as this John Deere will replace the Ariens. I hate to sell my Murray Dynamark 8/26" because of its weight, the auger housing has a lot of weight, the whole machine has weight.
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
Last edited by JLawrence08648; 11-15-2018 at 02:31 PM.