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One of the biggest annoyances on the Ariens snowblower is the lack of a gas gauge.

Not only is there no gas gauge, they stick this crappy, cheap, plastic, tight-fitting gas filter in the inlet. Theres no way you can pull this little out to check how much gas is still in the tank unless you take off your gloves and squeeze two fat fingers on the (wait for it) "handle"; to pull it out.

And then the tiny, red thingy breaks loose and pops out, leaving the filter tightly resting in place, taunting you. "You'll never get me out, buthead", it coos quietly. And then proceeds to weld itself into the tank fill opening like a tick in a deer's butt.

Anyway, has anyone figured out what has gauge will work on the current Ariens snowblowers? I would imagine all of the tanks are the same size.
 

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That's that little strainer screen to keep dirt out of the tank when you remove the cap to fill it. They don't want you to remove it. They are a pain in the anus to get out. Usually they break when they are being removed.
It costs too much money for Ariens to put a fuel gauge on the tank. Your better more expensive machines usually have the gauge built in to the tank.
 

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Just top it off before you snow blow ........ I have never needed a fuel gauge on any of my small machines.
 

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I have removed the strainer altogether and top it off before and after each use. I just don't like this cap design period.
 

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No strainer on my Pro, but still no gauge. With the big tank, it would be nice to not have to pull the cap to check fuel level before startup as it doesn't need filling with every use.
 

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About what I expected.

Topping off doesn't work (as if I don't do this already) when you're down the street doing a neighbor's drive way.

My question was, has anyone found a cap with gauge replacement. Certainly I'm not the only one who's ever wanted one? Would make a great aftermarket sales item. $25? I'd pay it.

I had enough of the p.o.a. screen and pitched it. It was torn on the bottom corner anyway, not the best quality.

I've currently tried three caps (with gauges) but haven't found one that can screw on.

The quest begins.
 

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I have never seen a gas gauge on any snowblower..ever.
If they exist at all they are exceedingly rare, probably 1% or less of all snowblowers ever made..perhaps some high-end Hondas maybe, but they are definitely the exception, not the rule.


So im a bit confused about the point of this whole thread.
yes, its true Ariens snowblowers dont have gas gauges..
but neither does anyone else..


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Scot, you may want to look at Honda snowblowers. The 8/9s with electric start have a gauge, and I think all of the 12/13s have one.
 

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If you've ever been down the street doing a neighbor's driveway and run out of gas, having to drag a dead blower back home, you'd quickly change your mind about having the ability to be forewarned when tbe gas was going low.

Gotta tell you, when I'm out blowing, I'm doing zen, not worrying about how much gas I've got.
 
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***.....fill up....blow....run out of gas...fill up again.....repeat...next you'll want gas gauges on chain saws and leaf blowers and weed wackers..push mowers....DUH!
 

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Just looked at eBay and for about $15 you can get a gauge integrated into the gas cap.
That's GREAT!
Please post the URL reference so I can put a bid on one.
Ho man, I'm so excited I think I'll go take a Viagra.

(Ahhhhhhhhhhh, your absolutely, positively certain they will fit the Ariens snowblower, right?)
 

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If you've ever been down the street doing a neighbor's driveway and run out of gas, having to drag a dead blower back home, ....
Maybe I'm missing something here, but wouldn't it be easier to leave the blower where it is, go get the gas can, and bring the much lighter-weight gas can back?
 

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LOL ... considering the size of a snowblower gas tank, and running/working it full throttle for awhile .... uuhhhh, my common sense would tell me I'm going to run out of gas ... I don't need to stop the machine and look at any type of gauge.



Besides, if I'm going around doing neighbors drive ways, I would be bringing a gas can with me.
 

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Maybe I'm missing something here, but wouldn't it be easier to leave the blower where it is, go get the gas can, and bring the much lighter-weight gas can back?
Iv'e done that. carrying 5 gallons of gas down the street is a pain as well.

Would be better to just be able to read a gas gauge and when getting low, power the blower back to the house for a refill. (Wish it had a bigger gas tank.)
 

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LOL ... considering the size of a snowblower gas tank, and running/working it full throttle for awhile .... uuhhhh, my common sense would tell me I'm going to run out of gas ... I don't need to stop the machine and look at any type of gauge.

Besides, if I'm going around doing neighbors drive ways, I would be bringing a gas can with me.
Well, thanks for your incite. But I can tell from your attitude that you've never done your neighbors driveways.

I tend to lose track when I'm out blowing snow. There have been times when I've thought to check the gas level, but I prefer to keep going until finished. With a gas gauge you wouldn't have to stop to check, just glance down and read the gauge.

BTW, I think I have figured out how to put a gas gauge on the Ariens.
 
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BTW, I think I have figured out how to put a gas gauge on the Ariens.
Don't be shy to describe how to do that, especially if you have a variable depth feature so it would work on a B&S 6 liter tank.
 
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