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Simplicity 555 purchase advice

Hi All,
I'm new to this forum. I have found great information on it.
I am looking at purchasing a Simplicity 555 off of craigslist. The description reads it was "Owned and maintained with great care by single owner (my Dad who moved to Florida last year)" The asking price is $175. It looks pretty clean from the posting pics but I have no idea if this is a good deal or not. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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If everything works, then yes, good deal!
Simplicity snowblowers are well-regarded, never hear anything bad about them.
although we also dont hear a lot about them, in general, either..for some reason there arent as many of them out there,
but that doesnt mean they are bad.
(I think they just never had the same size dealer network as Ariens, Toro, Craftsman, etc.)

the Simplicity brand is now owned by Briggs & Stratton, so parts shouldn't be a concern.
(although when this one was made, Simplicity was its own independent company)

but! is it the right snowblower for you?
Its a 5hp and 22" bucket, which is on the smaller side..

where do you live? how much snow do you get in an average winter? and how big of a space do you have to clear?

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I did some quick research..
Simplicity made "555" models for several years in the 1999 to 2005 timeframe.
(and possibly before 1999 as well, the internet archive only goes back to 1999)

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Thanks for the info Scot.
I live NW of Detroit. Not sure what our average snowfall is but we get our fair share. (especially this year)
I was actually looking for a smaller machine to make it easier to get in between the campers and summer cars on my driveway. My driveway is about 5 car-lengths long, but most of it is only one car wide. I'm generally not in a big hurry, so an extra pass with the blower is not really a big deal.
I replied to the ad. I'll let you know how it worked out.
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Sounds good Dennis!
please let us know how it turns out..
and if you get it, post some photos!

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