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post #1 of 22 Old 01-05-2019, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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New to me Ariens 8hp

Picked this up today for $50.00
Eh, I'm happy.. I believe it's a 1978. PO removed the tank due to bad gas a couple years ago, then got sick. So what you see (and as far as I know) is that it needs a tank bracket, primer bulb and probably other carburator knobs etc.

I happy. Really happy that I was able to get it home and in the garage while the wife was at the store! Lol.
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Very nice, I would have paid $50 just for the 32" front end with the cast iron gearbox!


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post #3 of 22 Old 01-05-2019, 05:54 PM
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I think that's a great deal if you bought it for yourself. Lately they haven't been as saleable if flipping from what's been posted.

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Yes.. all for me!
I decided that I needed another snowblower... basically from hanging around this site.. 😀
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1975 and 76 used the round bucket, 77 and later went to the Square Bucket. Good Score, I use the Same machine w/Modded Chute and Impeller seal. Needs a 10hp.
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New to me Ariens 8hp engine serial #'s

So.. my research (so far) is correct? It's a 1978 ?

Where's the motor ID numbers? I've read to remove the top sheet metal cover to find the numbers...

See attached pics.. besides the Mickey Mouse nest, I can't find any sticker and / or stamped numbers anywhere.

Thanks for the help.
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To my untrained Ariens eye that bucket sure looks round to me so I say early machine.
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Beast of a machine and Beast of a deal!


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Wow, great find! She's a beast..
Could be 1976, '77 or '78.

https://scotlawrence.github.io/ariens/Page7.html

If you can find engine numbers, that will help confirm it.

This is really among the *ultimate* orange & white Ariens!
(They switched to orange and black in 1980)
Because of the cast iron gearbox, this makes this type IMO the pinnacle of the 1960's and 70's Orange and White Ariens snowblowers, as far as size, brute power and robustness is concerned. (That doesn't necessarily make it's "the best" model..from a practical standpoint, for many, smaller than this is better..but it's just the ultimate "Tim the tool man Taylor" Ariens of the 60's and 70's!

(They did make orange & white 832's and 1032's until 1979, but with the aluminum gearbox..a small step down.)

(**correction** the 1978 and 1979 32 inch buckets *did* still have the cast iron gearbox! it was only the 24" bucket starting in 1979 that had the aluminum gearbox..
more detail later in this thread)

Great find! I love it..

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Scot- Thanks for the reply. I was researching 'best older ariens' and really wasn't having much luck. Really was looking for a 1032 that needed work so I can screw around with it over the winter but as you know, this isn't the best time to find a cheap fixer upper.

I did locate the engine numbers... on the pull start housing... exactly where they're supposed to be. I'm guessing the squirrel nest inside distracted me.
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