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PostSubject: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:59 am

So the old snapper stopped working last winter. It was a 1986, so we decided to replace it this year. We are debating on two 24" units. An Ariens, or a Cub Cadet.

Any opinions here, or they both good? Both seem to have good reviews. Really looking for a lasting unit, more than anything else. The old snapper was 27 years old.

Ariens

Cub Cadet

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:56 am

Probably not the answer or feedback you're interested in, but I would look for a used Ariens, the ancient orange and white one, in good to mint shape. I've had good luck with mine.  Stopped running once but I took it somewhere and had it tuned up, needed points.  You can still get all the parts for them, they're a bear.  My neighbor actually has three of them, ranging from early to late 70s, and mine is a '78.
The new Ariens have sort of been "de-strengthened" compared to the older ones I hear, and the ones at Home Depot aren't the same as the ones at like a power equipment dealer.  However you get a warranty and stuff like that...sooo maybe it would be worth it.  Don't really know about the Cub Cadet?
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:39 am

I'd lean towards the Ariens, I have a newer cub and while it works, it feels very cheaply built. One thing to look for above all else is the engine brand. There's a good chance the Ariens has a Briggs, most cubs have Chinese engines on them now. If the engine is only branded as the snow blower manufacturer (or not at all) it's Chinese.
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:50 am

I have a pretty much brand new 22" yard machine you could have for 200 bucks.

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:53 pm

95brmw wrote:
I'd lean towards the Ariens, I have a newer cub and while it works, it feels very cheaply built.  One thing to look for above all else is the engine brand.  There's a good chance the Ariens has a Briggs, most cubs have Chinese engines on them now.  If the engine is only branded as the snow blower manufacturer (or not at all) it's Chinese.
That's good to know ^
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:49 pm

So I had been leaning toward the Ariens for the above mentioned reasons, but I have not heard anything bad about either one. So today we hit Tractor supply in Ossipee. They were running a sale, so not only did we buy a Cub Cadet snow blower for a good deal, we also got a 5x8 utility trailer too.




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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:20 pm

Sweet. Arrow 
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:23 pm

Nice! Perhaps you can tow a grille to the roundup with that setup!Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:23 pm

How the snow blower work, Bill?

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:05 am

Worked flawlessly.

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:09 pm

So now we know Cub Cadet is good.

Has anyone re-engineered a fix for the awful chute control that Craftsman uses?

Turns without resistance & therefore WONT stay put once set....worthless. Surprised 

Anyone found a good fix please post up...guess we can make this the snowblower thread?

PS....no re-posting about a snowblower carb that fails EVERY year... Razz 


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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:18 pm

It's okay Steve. I'm thinking of foregoing that route and digging into the transmission fund for a snowblower. lol. I could probably get 100 for the Ariens not running... Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:30 pm

sdstick wrote:
So now we know Cub Cadet is good.

Has anyone re-engineered a fix for the awful chute control that Craftsman uses?

Turns without resistance & therefore WONT stay put once set....worthless. Surprised 

Anyone found a good fix please post up...guess we can make this the snowblower thread?

PS....no re-posting about a snowblower carb that fails EVERY year... Razz 

Steve
Do you have the joy stick chute control?

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:05 pm

No its a side crank
but the gearing on the chute is so loose
& the tension on the side crank is no existent
the handle drops to a down position & rotates the chute to that position

I'll take a pic in the daylight

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:02 pm

Wrap the piece of the shaft that passes through the eyelet with some black tape or something to make it a tighter fit and to give it some resistance. It really helps to stop it from spinning back. You may have to re-do it a couple times over the winter, but it works.

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:56 am

sdstick wrote:
No its a side crank
but the gearing on the chute is so loose
& the tension on the side crank is no existent
the handle drops to a down position & rotates the chute to that position

I'll take a pic in the daylight

Can't imagine it's worn out from YOU actually using it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:00 am

There it is.
Forgot to mention the eyelet but...yup...thats the main reason the handle spins
(well that & the handle is designed like a crank instead of a "T").
Tape would work...
Maybe if I actually did this, I'd be happy but...
The engineer in me needs a better fix.

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:04 am

You can get a rubber grommet to fit in the eyelet also, did that with my old Aries.
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:06 am

No Moa wrote:
sdstick wrote:
No its a side crank
but the gearing on the chute is so loose
& the tension on the side crank is no existent
the handle drops to a down position & rotates the chute to that position

I'll take a pic in the daylight

Can't imagine it's worn out from YOU actually using it. Smile

Uummm....have you MET Matt?

When I was 12 yrs old, I use to pull an old Simplicity snowblower around the neighborhood on a toboggan because it was geared so low I'd never get around to make any $

Matt hasnt had that problem...& it has nothing to do with gearing.... Surprised ... Razz 


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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:07 pm

sdstick wrote:
When I was 12 yrs old, I use to pull an old Simplicity snowblower around the neighborhood on a toboggan because it was geared so low I'd never get around to make any $

Matt hasnt had that problem...& it has nothing to do with gearing.... Surprised ... Razz 


I'm calling BS on this one, Simplicity didn't start making snowblowers untill the 50's. And i know you weren't 12 in the 50s, 30 maybe but not 12.
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:58 am

A manly, canadian snowblower

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:28 pm

phantom 309 wrote:
A manly, canadian snowblower..

Needs a bigger mouth....unlike the guy from Maine above.

Have you seen him work??



It aint pretty... Surprised 

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:47 pm

Your just upset because your usually taking white stuff in the ass, not shooting it out.  Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:51 pm

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Your just upset because your usually taking white stuff in the ass, not shooting it out.  Laughing 

fixt

& no

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:29 pm

No Moa wrote:
Your just upset because your usually taking white stuff in the ass, not shooting it out.  Laughing 

"Waaaooooww...that's a little too far right there..."

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:59 pm

[quote="sdstick"]
phantom 309 wrote:
A manly, canadian snowblower..

Needs a bigger mouth....unlike the guy from Maine above.

what do mean,.?
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:12 am

phantom 309 wrote:
A manly, canadian snowblower


 Laughing ^With all that power^, youve GOTTA be able to eat thru more snow.  Twisted Evil 

Whats that?  maybe a 28" cut 12-18" high?..I called it the mouth...the business end of the machine...no?.

As far as the guy from Maine....he got it....probably be a dozen more old man jokes in the next week.. Surprised 

Another snowblower thread gone bad.. Question

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:17 am

Nah I'm bored with that! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:26 pm

Here you go Steve
Big mouth

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Now THATS a snowblower.. Arrow 

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PostSubject: Re: Snow blower choices   Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:21 pm

big blower? You need this. One and done!

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