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i have recently put a deposit down on a new compact 24'' ariens,but i also been scanning craigs list for a good used one,i see quite a few ariens that are less than 5 years old,even a john deere 4 years old,i was wondering what your opinions on the used few years old,compaired to brand new.were the any problems with either ariens or john deere a few years back or they pretty much just as good as new ones.i realize you have to be careful when buying used.i was just wondering if anything to look for when checking used.i figure if i could get a good used that is only a few years old i could get one for half what a new one cost.the john deere i am interested in is 4 years old with 24'' bucket model#m0724dx190586.it looks like its in very good shape from the pictures...thanks for the help
 

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There is nothing wrong with used, except there is usually no warranty. Make sure all your mechanicals are functioning properly and that the machine starts easily and idles smoothly. Good luck. Mh
 

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some people or companys, such as landscapers will buy machines, use them until the warranty is up, and buy new. i would be wary if the guy has 20 snowblowers for sale and trashpicks them, fixes, and sell them. i dont know the history, they dont. make sure the augers spin freely
 

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The augers and the wheels !!!

As above I'd be very careful about someone selling a number of machines unless you know him or were referred to him by someone you trust. Too many guys out there who will piece together junk and try to get gold for it.
 

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If you don't mind tinkering with machines and if possible putting a few hundred bucks in a machine a good used one will work just as well as any new one. I have fixed used ones to the same quality as a new one, "minus some paint" and they were less than half the price that they wanted for a new one. I have never had good luck with warranties so a New machine with a warranty would never do me any good. Usually to much of a hassle.
 

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i paid 50 for my toro 824, and 100 for a new engine, 10 dollars for new belts, and 5 dollars for my rubber and screws inmy impeller kit. i paid about 175 dollars
 

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i have recently put a deposit down on a new compact 24'' ariens,but i also been scanning craigs list for a good used one,i see quite a few ariens that are less than 5 years old,even a john deere 4 years old,i was wondering what your opinions on the used few years old,compaired to brand new.were the any problems with either ariens or john deere a few years back or they pretty much just as good as new ones.i realize you have to be careful when buying used.i was just wondering if anything to look for when checking used.i figure if i could get a good used that is only a few years old i could get one for half what a new one cost.the john deere i am interested in is 4 years old with 24'' bucket model#m0724dx190586.it looks like its in very good shape from the pictures...thanks for the help
I'm surprised that you'll entertain the John Deere with Packer colors or the Ariens who's headquarters is Packer Country. :D
 

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I'm surprised that you'll entertain the John Deere with Packer colors or the Ariens who's headquarters is Packer Country. :D
i know,but i could always paint the deere blue with a big C on it:D:D.a couple times i contacted Ariens through the live chat on their website and i always have to remind who ever im talking to who rules the NFC north,'' it won't be the Packers'':D:D
 
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