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post #1 of 13 Old 09-08-2016, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Is rust like this normal for a 2 year old Ariens Snowblower?

I recently purchased a used Ariens 24" that is from 2014 and noticed a lot of rust on the drive shafts and gears and was wondering if this is considered normal or did something bad happen to this unit? Given that it was only 2 years old I didn't expect there to really be any rust. The main paint on the unit looked fine but all the gearing, drive shafts and random metal pieces like the auger cap looked really rusted to me. Any opinions on this?

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This comment is not specific to Ariens equipment...

I'm not an expert on New Jersey climate, but I do know that some painted or chrome surfaces are very thin and in a humid environment those surfaces can develop surface rust rather quickly. Perhaps the prior owner stored it outside.
Here in Colorado, it's very dry and I have a mower that's been stored outside (on a patio) for 20+ years and still has no surface rust anywhere on it.

I bought a tractor from a dealer in PA a couple years ago and every chrome and unpainted surface had surface rust on it. It was stored under a covered enclosure, but the moist air still did a number on those unprotected surfaces.
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hhmm yeah. I wonder if this is considered bad? I'm trying to figure out if this is "ok" or did I just buy some rusted out piece of junk that's going to be in the trash soon. haha
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Your pics never showed up here. anyhoo ALOHA from the paradise city.

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maybe they use a lot of salt where this snowblower was from and the owner never hosed it off. it is a problem where I live.
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Your pics never showed up here. anyhoo ALOHA from the paradise city.
hhmm thats weird. Well here's a direct link to the pictures:
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maybe they use a lot of salt where this snowblower was from and the owner never hosed it off. it is a problem where I live.
yeah... that's what I'm trying to figure out. Like is this something I should be thinking I got screwed on and this is all going to fall apart on me? Or is it more just common cosmetic surface rust sort of thing?
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That's just cosmetic surface rust. Likely got a head start and speeded up by the previous owner blowing snow that had salt or salt brine from the street plows. Don't be worried. If it gives you some peace of mind, you can always take some steel wool to it and then wipe it down gooooood with some good penetrating oil or even WD-40, let it sit for a day or two, then wipe any residue off and hit those areas with a few coats of primer and paint and be at peace. However, if you just leave it alone as is, wash it a few times throughout the season, let it dry gooooood, you'll be just fine.
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Now that I've looked at the pictures I think the patient will survive. I've literally hosed down rusted metal with chain lube, it's usually waterproof and stick better than motor or penetrating oil. Just be careful to clean it off the friction wheel assembly. LPS products makes a number of sprays that work well too. I'm sure there's others.
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I would not bother painting it. that is a lot of work to do it and have it last. Believe it or not that surface rust acts as a diffusion barrier and will slow additional rusting.

As recommended earlier, use chain lube or one of the LPS or similar products. Once or twice a year and you will be fine. One of these products will work much better than WD.......although WD-40 is better than nothing.

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