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Been putting off replacing my 15 year old Craftsman fo a couple of years, but have been doing my homework...

 

Just bought a 30" Ariens EFI, nice machine.  I talked to the owner of a power equipment place the year after they came out.  He said they are awesome machines, but not so much for his business as they do not come in for carb cleanings or replacement. So we shall see. I will say though the HD and Lowes sell this machine as well.  It is the only one in the Ariens lineup that isn't made specifically for the big box stores.  The price was the same , and HD had none locally, Lowes up the street showed 2 in stock, but they only had 1.  The woman told me they are having a hard time getting many things.  As a bonus my neighbor offered me $100 for the old one.  He is going to give it to his Ex and get his Ariens back. from her 

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I have a 45 year old Ariens that still kicks ass. Someone gave it to me - biggest issue was I had to replace the skids, there was no steel left, ground down to gone.

 

 My brother got my fathers 1984ish machine when he moved to FL...that thing is still going strong and is a beast despite that fact that engine seized up from not having oil a few miles from the house when he was in high school.  Put more oil in it, put a wrench on the flywheel, she freed up and runs like nothing ever happened.

 

15 HP?   Holy Chit, You'll be breaking neighbor's windows

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I have two Ariens in the basement shop ready to blow. My original 1977-78 924032 with teardrop bucket was in pieces being rebuilt when I had to get my knee replaced. So I bought an 824 that I believe is from early 2000s. Never needed to use that one. So now that the first is back together, the dilemma is which to sell?

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Ariens are fantastic machines. I have a 924 from 2004, I think. It was my mom's. She couldn't handle it anymore Cuz it's big and heavy. So when I bought my house she gave it to me and I bought her a small craftsman blower. Thing is a beast.

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4 hours ago, makorider said:

I have a 45 year old Ariens that still kicks ass. Someone gave it to me - biggest issue was I had to replace the skids, there was no steel left, ground down to gone.

 

 My brother got my fathers 1984ish machine when he moved to FL...that thing is still going strong and is a beast despite that fact that engine seized up from not having oil a few miles from the house when he was in high school.  Put more oil in it, put a wrench on the flywheel, she freed up and runs like nothing ever happened.

 

15 HP?   Holy Chit, You'll be breaking neighbor's windows

HAhA I had to look, not 15HP 15 FT LBS, they give you cubic inches now instead of HP, but I converted it to HP 8.7-9 HP

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4 hours ago, makorider said:

What kinid of engine is on that nowadays?  Mine is a Tecumseh, fathers had a Briggs

This one is fuel injected and is actually an Ariens AX engine

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15 hours ago, specialist said:

HAhA I had to look, not 15HP 15 FT LBS, they give you cubic inches now instead of HP, but I converted it to HP 8.7-9 HP

I think the CI' number makes it sound more powerful to uninformed buyers:shrug:

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On 10/23/2020 at 3:06 PM, Cabo2005 said:

My Ariens is a great machine.  Doesn't have all those new fangled controls though.

Cabo

That’s a good thing 

the better model has a cast iron gear box  The cheaper ones had Aluminum gears and if your shear pins don’t break , you can strip the gears and then you need to buy the assembly? 
It cost about $500+
 

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Surprising the Craftsman was unsalvageable.  I was struggling with the balky engine on my 80's vintage Toro 524 when it was suggested to re-engine it. That had never occurred to me! For $100 I got a 6.5 hp Honda clone Predator engine from Harbor Freight that has a cult following in the minibike/go carting crowd, and it was pretty easy. But of course that was 2 years ago and we haven't had blowable snow since!

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19 hours ago, gellfex said:

Surprising the Craftsman was unsalvageable.  I was struggling with the balky engine on my 80's vintage Toro 524 when it was suggested to re-engine it. That had never occurred to me! For $100 I got a 6.5 hp Honda clone Predator engine from Harbor Freight that has a cult following in the minibike/go carting crowd, and it was pretty easy. But of course that was 2 years ago and we haven't had blowable snow since!

The bucket on it was tinny, and showing its age, not to mention it never really thew snow a good distance, this thing will throw snow a lot further and that is what I need.  I have an 80' driveway 3cars wide, most of the snow needs to go to the end and then onto my lawn, my neighbors driveway is almost against mine on the other side

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My neighbor gave me an old Ariens when he moved to Florida several years ago. It ran fine until the impellor stopped turning, so I decided to get rid of it. I put it on Craigslist with a couple of pictures and the response was overwhelming! One guy wanted to know the serial # and he told me where to find it. The # was 0000001 and turns out it was one of the first Ariens every made! He made me promise not to sell it to anyone else until he got there. Well, 2 other guys showed up and there was a bidding war and I sold it for $450 and originally wanted $100 for it! Turns out is was the holy grail of Arien snow blowers!

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2 hours ago, sea jay said:

My neighbor gave me an old Ariens when he moved to Florida several years ago. It ran fine until the impellor stopped turning, so I decided to get rid of it. I put it on Craigslist with a couple of pictures and the response was overwhelming! One guy wanted to know the serial # and he told me where to find it. The # was 0000001 and turns out it was one of the first Ariens every made! He made me promise not to sell it to anyone else until he got there. Well, 2 other guys showed up and there was a bidding war and I sold it for $450 and originally wanted $100 for it! Turns out is was the holy grail of Arien snow blowers!

My neighbor is e mechanic, and his Ariens is easily from the 70's. He strips it down every few years and repaints it, I think it throws snow 100' it's insane

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