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post #1 of 49 Old 12-30-2016, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at upgrading my snowblower. I've got a Honda HS520 that isn't really cutting it. Just inherited a mid 90's snapper medium frame, but the engine on it has some major issues. So I found this. Don't know anything about it, owner wants $400. Any advice would be appreciated. I've been looking on these forums for good recommendations, and it seems ariens and toro are the sure bets. Let me know what you think of this one.
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post #2 of 49 Old 12-30-2016, 07:55 AM
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For this time of year that is a fair price. the machine is very clean, does not like it was used to much. so yeah GO 4 IT.

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Thank you! Hope to check it out this morning. I've been trying to decide between this and an Ariens 1032. This seems to be cleaner, and I think it has a briggs engine in it, which I prefer. Haven't been researching long, so I've been cramming a lot into my head the last few days. The large drum style auger had me wondering which way to go, but I don't think I'm to worried about it now. Hopefully there won't be any problems when I see it.
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Either would be a good machine..... but I paid $225 for a real nice Ariens 1032 last year...... so, I think I'd lean that way for no more than 300 IMHO.




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Looks to be in very good condition. The drum auger is very strong and stops the machine from ingesting too much snow (when machine starts to wiggle back and forth you have to back off a little). That is a Briggs on there and it has an elec starter. I would check the auger gear box for leaks and also the impeller to see if there is any play in the bearing. If everything on the machine is working OK, I think it is an OK deal.

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That Toro has wheel clutches controlled by a push/pull rod on each side to help turn the machine around.

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Offer $300 and see if he will come down some.
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Thanks for the tips. The 1032 available locally is asking for $550. It's probably worth it, but this looks like the better deal. And I'm not sure I need a full 32" cleaning path. There is also a very nice old John Deere 826 that I would think about, but he's asking $650, which seems way out of line.

I know I'll be seeing this one in the flesh so I'll answer this on my own later, but the bars on this thing look like they are really low and pointing down. I know that's how they're supposed to be, but I'm wondering how I'm going to fit with it. I'm 6'6". I've watched a few youtube videos, and looks like the operators are hunched over a bit holding onto things. I've been this tall for a long time, so I'll get used to anything. Just curious if anybody has any experience with this "problem"

Definitely planning on offering $300 if all is well and go from there.
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toro 826
model 38150
briggs powered 190402
just sold mine a couple weeks ago

current machines
1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
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Awesome machine especially with the Briggs...powerful, smooth-running engines. +3 in trying to get the seller down a little however 300-400 isn't unreasonable for a running, full-functioning commercial-grade machine IMHO.


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