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Is it worth the possible trouble ?

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Just picked up an 2001 ARIENS 824 MODEL 932101 from a bubby of mine , bought from a dealer. He told me that it use to throw snow ok but not great, he had a new friction wheel installed by dealer and never threw snow good again . Have looked up and seems to be a very common problem with this model from about 2005 to 2010 that were bought at a certain big box store . He said to check into it and see what it would cost to repair before we talk price ,but I read that this model has a lot of problems that it is prone to . Should I run and never look back ? Any thoughts would be greatly apreciated
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Welcome to the forum tonyvac2! I have a 2001 Model #932101 and have zero issues with throw distance, nor anything else.


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Hello
First thread ,on first Forum ever.
Just picked up an 2001 ARIENS 824 MODEL 932101 from a bubby of mine , bought from a dealer. He told me that it use to throw snow ok but not great, he had a new friction wheel installed by dealer and never threw snow good again . Have looked up and seems to be a very common problem with this model from about 2005 to 2010 that were bought at a certain big box store . He said to check into it and see what it would cost to repair before we talk price ,but I read that this model has a lot of problems that it is prone to . Should I run and never look back ? Any thoughts would be greatly apreciated
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I am a big Ariens fan. However based on what you are saying and the research that you have done, I think you would be better off looking elsewhere. There are new machines that will perform very well for $800 or less, I would look at the Husqvarna ST224 and the Ariens built SnoTek 24" model.

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tonyvac2. The friction wheel only drives the machine forward and backward and would have no impact on the auger assembly that throws the snow. Being a 2001 model, it's likely an adjustment to the auger control or the belt(s) need to be replaced. There are plenty of Ariens owners here that will answer any questions you have concerning repairs. Don't give up on it if you can get it for a reasonable price.

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Welcome to the forum

If the Ariens is in good shape and it's price is attractive there isn't any reason it shouldn't be repairable or more likely just an adjustment.

If you can go new that's always nice to have a shinny machine with a warranty but for some of us that's just not an option. I appreciate that you were specific about the model as so often it's just "I'm thinking of buying an Ariens". Can you post some photos of it's condition and does he have an idea of how much $$ he's thinking of asking ??

Between a good belt for the auger drive and the proper tension on it when engaged you should be happy with it's ability to eat up and spit out a driveway full of snow.

If you're handy you can also do the "Impeller Mod" which can help it better handle slush without plugging up the chute and possibly give you a bit more distance on your throw. Just a matter of buying or making rubber paddles to add to the impeller blades to close up the clearance between the blades and the housing.

https://www.google.com/#q=snowblower+impeller+mod

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hi guys
I know it has been a while since I posted that question ,but as we all know life happens . looks like that Ariens 824 only needs a set of belts and a auger cable . this thing is so new that the paint has not even wore off the inside of the impeller tunnel or inside of the discharge chute . Parts shouldn't be that bad . my buddy said he would accept 250.00 minus the repairs so I think I'm gonna take a shot and buy it , I will keep you all posted and get some pictures posted asap
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That sounds like a good price for a great machine... if I were in your shoes I'd grab it!

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That sounds like a good price for a great machine... if I were in your shoes I'd grab it!
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Very good deal. As long as the engine is strong, belts and adjustments should do the trick!

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$250 minus repairs, I'd jump on that.

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+1 go get it......!
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