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Craftsman Snow King vs. Ariens

I am considering the purchase of a late model Craftsman Snow King. The owner claims that it is a 2003 model. 5 HORSEPOWER
22" DUAL STAGE SNOW THROWER 120V. ELECTRIC START. MODEL NO. 536.886540.

This thing is SUPER CLEAN looking. Used less than 10 times, garage kept under a tarp. Tecumseh engine. Owner is asking $280.00 I'm thinking more like $200.00 or less…?

I live in SW Pennsylvania. Snowfalls over 6" while not uncommon are not average. Sure we get bigger snowfalls on occasion…I'd say 2-4-6" of snowfall is average. But we do get wholloped from time to time.

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1. Anyone have a review of a similar model? Thoughts?
2. Is 5HP to little? I've read that 8 is the minimum needed.
3. What do I need to be concerned about?

Any input is greatly appreciated!

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I also found a late 90's Ariens 5 HP 2 stage with an asking price of $150.00 and a 2002 model 824 8HP Ariens with asking price of $400.00. Seems like Ariens is the blower of choice on this forum.
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the craftsman is way over priced, i wouldn't look at it personally
i would go look at the 5 and 8hp ariens
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It depends on your needs. A small walkway/ driveway property will benefit from a narrow bucket, and 5 hp has never let me down. Yeah, you have to take a smaller bite on some snow, so a few more passes, but it's still a Tecumseh Snow King and at 3600 rpms, they will throw some snow. I love my Ariens blowers, and they are built to last, but the little whippersnappers are still very useable and easy to maneuver. As for price..you can find them nice for $150 around S.E. Mass. MH
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It depends on your needs. A small walkway/ driveway property will benefit from a narrow bucket, and 5 hp has never let me down. Yeah, you have to take a smaller bite on some snow, so a few more passes, but it's still a Tecumseh Snow King and at 3600 rpms, they will throw some snow. I love my Ariens blowers, and they are built to last, but the little whippersnappers are still very useable and easy to maneuver. As for price..you can find them nice for $150 around S.E. Mass. MH
thats true so don't over look the 5hp ariens. now that i have them i mostly use one of my 521 toros at home

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Thanks for the updates everyone!

So I found out that the Ariens 5 HP is was made between 77-78 (It is an Ariens ST504 Model 932006 SN 016633 ). So this thing is quite a bit older that I thought. Is that necessarily bad though? Looks to be in good to very good condition.

My driveway is approx 100' x 20' with a steeper slope too.

So my decision is between a 35 year old 5 HP Ariens with asking price of $150.00.

OR

An 8 HP (932101 - ST824) 14 year old Ariens with $400.00 asking price (seems high to me).
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I think that 5 HP is an 87-88 model.

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Really? I guess that is good news then. May I ask where you got that info?

Here is where I came up with a 77-78:

The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.

roughly 1/2 way down the page. If you know otherwise, please share with me…and thank you.
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I saw that the manual on the Ariens site was dated 1987, also I don't think they started using ST designations until the 80s. Have you seen a picture? If it has white handlebars it is from the 70s and if they are black the 80s.

I just looked at the Ariens site you linked too and maybe you are right, hmm.

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Hi Shryp. - yep black handles for sure. Here are some pictures. What would you say is a good price for this? It would be my first snowblower, and money's tight. I was thinking $100.00Snow Blower Ariens ST504
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