See the pic below. I have worked on many older MTDs, but my questions on this are:
1. The engine, I know its not a Tecumseh. It seems to be the same one I see on a similar current model Cub on Tractor Supply's web site. Looks like they are branded Cub Cadet. My guess is some Chinese made engine Cub is using? Thoughts?
2. I have never worked on one with the two "steering levers". I am familiar with the old tried and true friction disc mechanism. Are these trouble prone? Are they used when snow blowers have them or ignored because they don't work so well.
3. Finally pricing. This is posted early summer 2023 and the guy is asking $400. Yea, way off base. He is now willing to let it go for $200. Thoughts? My guess is this would be an easy sell in winter for at least that price. The similar new price on TS is $1099. He is selling it because he is moving south. He states it has been serviced every year by a small engine place. He estimates it is ~10 years old. Bucket has very little rust inside and out. Even the impeller housing has some paint internally on it.
I would get that blower for $200 and then do an auger mod to it. Also make sure it runs at about 3750 top speed to get the best performance out of it plowing snow. My last Cub 824 SWE with mods above plowed snow pretty well.