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Hello everyone,

I found this forum researching an upcoming snowblower purchase. Was considering the usual suspects; Toro, Honda, Ariens, etc. Had actually settled on a Toro SnowMaster but figured I'd call my Dad and ask him how the old Ariens I bought him years ago was doing. Turns out he hasn't used it in several years and asked me to take it so he could free up some room in his shed.

The backstory: I purchased this Ariens for him back in 2002 as he was using a small Toro CCR1000 and it was too small for his large drive. At that time he gave me his little Toro as I have a smaller drive. Well, the days have flown off the calendar and the old Toro is showing it's age - the rubber priming button has fallen off, which makes starting it a bear. While I had it running about a week ago - I couldn't get it started when I needed it, after a good dose of NE Ohio snow. Well, turns out my dad has his drive plowed anymore - no need for a snowblower so it's out of the shed, currently sitting at the local Ariens dealer getting some well deserved attention.

It's a 2002 Model 724, which according to the brochure ( I saved the brochure from when I purchased it) is a deluxe model with a 7 HP Tecumseh engine. While I was hoping to get a few years out of it, it's 15 years old, and it's been sitting for a while, probably with fuel in the tank. The dealer said they will probably have to give the carb a good cleaning.

I know Tecumseh is made in China now, but were they made in the US in '02? Do I have a serviceable unit or a lawn ornament? Thanks for any advice.









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A 2002 Ariens is practically brand new.....all of mine are pre 1985. The 02 tecumseh is american made..........Your Ariens will last you the rest of your life if you care for it.....
 

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Hi Cranman,

Excellent! I feel like I found a little gem, probably all American Made. I place a high premium on that fact. I know this unit hasn't seen much use - in fact, I did his drive with it, back in the day. I remember the clutch cable adjuster, which was merely a lock nut/screw type deal kept loosening up. I'll apply a bit of Blue Locktite to that. I'm pretty excited to get her back after the servicing. Thanks again for the words of encouragement.

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Hi Cranman,

Excellent! I feel like I found a little gem, probably all American Made. I place a high premium on that fact. I know this unit hasn't seen much use - in fact, I did his drive with it, back in the day. I remember the clutch cable adjuster, which was merely a lock nut/screw type deal kept loosening up. I'll apply a bit of Blue Locktite to that. I'm pretty excited to get her back after the servicing. Thanks again for the words of encouragement.

Steve
i would keep it. It's an ariens many 724's from the late 70's and early 80's are still going strong. dont give up on yours it has at least 20 more years of service left.
 

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Ahhh...I’m in Mentor, Ohio, and we are on our 7th Subaru. I can’t wait to get it back from the dealer - We have plenty of winter ahead of us, so it’ll surely see lots of use.

Steve

i would keep it. It's an ariens many 724's from the late 70's and early 80's are still going strong. dont give up on yours it has at least 20 more years of service left.
 
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