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    Re: Snowblower


    My bearings came in Saturday morning which gave me enough time to button everything up before the snow came. Everything is running great and with the transmission bypassed, it free wheels more easily than before with its brand new bearings. I now know way more than I ever cared to about the inner workings of a hydrostatic Ariens!

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    Re: Snowblower

    Nice work!

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    Re: Snowblower

    I put the new flapper mod to work on the old snowblower this weekend. Worked great, really moved the snow and much further as well. Only issue now is that it taxes the old engine, had to drop a gear and go a hair slower.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    My bearings came in Saturday morning which gave me enough time to button everything up before the snow came. Everything is running great and with the transmission bypassed, it free wheels more easily than before with its brand new bearings. I now know way more than I ever cared to about the inner workings of a hydrostatic Ariens!
    Does it have pair of rotary piston pumps?

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by stoinkythepig View Post
    Does it have pair of rotary piston pumps?
    In fact it does. #18 is the 3cc pump and #24 is the 10cc motor so the input to output ratio is 3⅓:1 (manual says 3.4:1). Item #4 is the bladder that cracked in my transmission causing oil to leak. It's still available and is less than $11.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I'm now it the snowblower game! I was gifted a 9HP tecumesh crafstman. I will just use it for cleaning up around the trailer, van, etc. after plowing. It sat for a few years and only runs on full choke and then stalls often. After reading this I just ordered a new carb for 11 bucks. Who knew?! You guys did. Thanks.

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    Re: Snowblower

    If it’s an older Craftsman, it was made by Murray, in Canada, sold as Simplicity since B&S acquired them. They were very solid machines.

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    Re: Snowblower

    a little tired of my 30" ariens SHO lifting when blowing.
    I found a weight bar from a John Deere for 10$ from my local small engine shop

    problem is its too heavy( probably about 35# I could cut the ends off and bring it down to 28 or 30# but I'd ideally like to rip this bar length wise and get it closer to 20#

    Any idea how to do this or do I need to source a machine shop for this?

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    hmmmm......

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    Re: Snowblower

    You can buy metal blades for your circ saw or table saw no problem @ your local home-center. I've used the cheap fiber cut-off kind with success.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    a little tired of my 30" ariens SHO lifting when blowing.
    I found a weight bar from a John Deere for 10$ from my local small engine shop

    problem is its too heavy( probably about 35# I could cut the ends off and bring it down to 28 or 30# but I'd ideally like to rip this bar length wise and get it closer to 20#

    Any idea how to do this or do I need to source a machine shop for this?
    Sounds like a lot of effort to remove a few pounds.

    If you want cheap weight, go to Play It Again Sports on 28 in North Reading and just buy the used weights of your choice for a gym and call it a day. Two ten pound plates spread out would be good or one twenty five. Drill holes and bolt that shit down or tack weld them if you have the ability.

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    Re: Snowblower

    FWIW the Ariens bar is 10 lbs and can be doubled up.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Apparently having my snow blower in the service position for an extended period of time loosened something up that clogged the carburetor. I had to run it on 3/4 choke because it wasn't getting enough fuel. It was surging on choke under light loads but ran great with a lot of power when under heavy load which was easy with the wet cement that fell last night. Add a carburetor cleaning to the list of things I don't feel like doing right now!

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    Re: Snowblower

    Ran SeaFoam through mine and it cleaned up hard starting and surging.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I keep a bottle of seafoam handy at all times and when something gets some fuel, it gets some seafoam as well. I throw a shot in with oil changes too if I'm using dino oil.

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    Re: Snowblower

    I keep forgetting about the merits of Sea Foam so I picked up a can this afternoon. I'll likely procrastinate until the next time it snows.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I keep forgetting about the merits of Sea Foam so I picked up a can this afternoon. I'll likely procrastinate until the next time it snows.
    What kind of machine?

    Most Ariens have a spring-loaded drain in the bottom of the carb. Honda has a bolt. Draining the carb at the end of the season makes life simple next fall....

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    What kind of machine?

    Most Ariens have a spring-loaded drain in the bottom of the carb. Honda has a bolt. Draining the carb at the end of the season makes life simple next fall....
    Apparently that’s a big no on the new Ariens?

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    Re: Snowblower

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    What kind of machine?

    Most Ariens have a spring-loaded drain in the bottom of the carb. Honda has a bolt. Draining the carb at the end of the season makes life simple next fall....
    I have a hydro pro with the Briggs branded engine. When I'm done using it, I always shut off the fuel and run the engine until it dies. Until now I've never had occasion to look at the carburator so I don't know what features it has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Apparently that’s a big no on the new Ariens?
    Maybe you're thinking of the new fuel injected models?

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    Re: Snowblower

    My 2 year old Ariens still has a bowl drain on it, but I never use it. I just shut the fuel off and let it die...and I put startron in the fuel cans.

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    Re: Snowblower

    Haven't needed to use mine for the past 2 seasons down here in southern RI

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