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1998 mtd yardman help... A good blower?

I dont know much about these blowers but this looks like a great deal is this before MTD started cheapening up everything? 10 hp looks sturdy.

Model # 31AE6B3H401

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Pass..
even at $45, I wouldn't buy it.
Some things just arent worth it any price, even a cheap price, because you can do a LOT better.

Unless you are in the business of fixing them up and flipping them..in that case, sure, you could probably buy it for $45, fix things, if they are minor, then sell it for $100.
but if you want it for your own use, don't bother..
dont consider any 1990's or newer MTD for your own use.

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Pass..
even at $45, I wouldn't buy it.
Some things just arent worth it any price, even a cheap price, because you can do a LOT better.

Unless you are in the business of fixing them up and flipping them..in that case, sure, you could probably buy it for $45, fix things, if they are minor, then sell it for $100.
but if you want it for your own use, don't bother..
dont consider any 1990's or newer MTD for your own use.

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Idk most working 2 stages in our area go for a minimum $150 let alone one with a 10HP tecumseh that isnt rusted out.

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well..if you need a snowblower immediately, and you can only afford $45..then sure, its better than nothing. (maybe, although it could be worse than nothing.)
But if your choices are:

a: This $45 MTD.
or.
b: a used 1960's, 70's or 80's Toro or Ariens for $100 to $250 that I might be able to find later.

go for "b"! always..

We don't really know why you are considering this machine..
that is an important factor.

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For $45 if the engine is good jump on it even if the blower is a mess, well if you plan to flip it anyway, but you could sell the engine alone for much more, have a blower and a wood chipper with that same engine and if they blow I'd look for a replacement engine, I'm not crazy about all these Chinese engines to replace the old Tec engines. If I was close I'd jump on it just to have the engine for backup
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Idk most working 2 stages in our area go for a minimum $150
Sure..*good* used snowblower go for $150 minimum..that's a normal price.
(and on the low end for a quality used machine)

I paid $250 for my 1971 Ariens..best $250 I ever spent.
Nine years later, its still going strong.

The important factor here is: a used late 90's MTD is not a good snowblower..at any price.
I wouldn't take it if it was free..because It's not worth it to me even at that price.

So, why do you want it?

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Sure..*good* used snowblower go for $150 minimum..that's a normal price.
(and on the low end for a quality used machine)

I paid $250 for my 1971 Ariens..best $250 I ever spent.
Nine years later, its still going strong.

The important factor here is: a used late 90's MTD is not a good snowblower..at any price.
I wouldn't take it if it was free..because It's not worth it to me even at that price.

So, why do you want it?

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i think i could get it in good working order pretty quick and sell for $200 without much problem. i agree ariens are the way to go for something to keep. i have already bought and sold 3 ariens 2 stages i got for around $100

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oh ok..if you are looking to fix it up and flip it, that totally changes the equation.
(you should have said that at the start! )

in that case, sure, $45 is a good buy..assuming there isnt anything major wrong that will require too much money to fix.
I don't know about $200 though..In Western NY, which I don't think is any different than Cleveland, even in working order that's no more than a $100 to $150 machine..
but you could probably make *some* profit on it..

You might not get $200 until next November though..the "buying season" is just about over..unless a big blizzard hits!
but if not, you might need to hold on to it until next fall..but still, for a flipper, $45 seems like a deal.

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if it was in my area i would buy it pull the engine and part out the rest. those tecumsehs go for 150 all day long in my area
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oh ok..if you are looking to fix it up and flip it, that totally changes the equation.
(you should have said that at the start! )

in that case, sure, $45 is a good buy..assuming there isnt anything major wrong that will require too much money to fix.
I don't know about $200 though..In Western NY, which I don't think is any different than Cleveland, even in working order that's no more than a $100 to $150 machine..
but you could probably make *some* profit on it..

You might not get $200 until next November though..the "buying season" is just about over..unless a big blizzard hits!
but if not, you might need to hold on to it until next fall..but still, for a flipper, $45 seems like a deal.

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yea i know these past 2 winters have been weak. we did get 11" a couple days ago ......gotta love lake effect

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