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Old 11-04-2010, 02:24 PM   post #1 of 27
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Put this thread in the right section if I got it wrong. I looked under the titles and did not see covering this or I missed it.

My best friend plans to buy the 30" wide JD walk behind snowblower. From what I see on line it looks like a real nice machine and should serve him well.
1. Has anyone else used it?
http://www.deere.com/en_US/ProductCa...=LP25939&tM=HO
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2. He wants to buy the cab for $129. That JD cab looks el cheapo. I have a '93 Troy-Bilt and my cab was $300 and I haven't had to do a thing to it except clean the plastic windows. I have done a search but can't find any other companies making cabs for walk behinds. Any suggestion or links would be appreciated.

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Old 11-04-2010, 02:49 PM   post #2 of 27
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If you compare the John Deere to a Simplicity you will see there the same machine.I have had a Simplicity for about 4 years now and have had good luck with it.If I was buying today it would be a John Deere but Simplicity was not building them for John Deere back then.Simplicity has a heavy duty cab available bright orange might look funny on a Deere but would work.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:01 PM   post #3 of 27
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I have heard good reports on these on other OPE forums. Like JD said, they are a Simplicity which is a very good, proven brand.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:30 PM   post #4 of 27
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I bought this one 2 seasons ago, from a guy who said he used it once, I didn't see that he had regular bolts in place of shear pins installed and I blew the gearbox out of it the first time I used it, I went to Deere to get the parts (90 bucks) and they didn't stock them, but he sold me ones for an Ariens, they were 20 dollars cheaper than the list price on the Deere parts. Turns out Ariens makes this machine for Deere. Does Simplicity make them for Ariens?

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:25 PM   post #5 of 27
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I bought this one 2 seasons ago, from a guy who said he used it once, I didn't see that he had regular bolts in place of shear pins installed and I blew the gearbox out of it the first time I used it, I went to Deere to get the parts (90 bucks) and they didn't stock them, but he sold me ones for an Ariens, they were 20 dollars cheaper than the list price on the Deere parts. Turns out Ariens makes this machine for Deere. Does Simplicity make them for Ariens?

That is definitely an Ariens but I also think it is more than two years old (maybe 6-8). Here's my Ariens, a 2004 model.



Simplicity/Snapper/Briggs & Stratton makes them for Deere now. If you like these models I think this clone at Sears is hard to beat value wise with the electronic controls:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&blockType=G11
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The handlebars and bucket usually provide a good indication of the company of origin.
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I know mine is also an 04, I bought it 2 seasons ago, the original owner bought it used it twice and hired a guy to plow his driveway, he at least drained the gas out before storing it away. His company was relocating him to Texas and was selling it in July, I think I did Ok for $200, well $290 after the new gearbox.....
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:57 PM   post #8 of 27
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I know mine is also an 04, I bought it 2 seasons ago, the original owner bought it used it twice and hired a guy to plow his driveway, he at least drained the gas out before storing it away. His company was relocating him to Texas and was selling it in July, I think I did Ok for $200, well $290 after the new gearbox.....
$200? Wow, nice deal!
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From what I have heard from the guys at my JD dealership is the John Deere blowers don't run very well. He said there are better machines out on the market.

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Old 11-04-2010, 08:33 PM   post #10 of 27
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He used it once and went thru the shear bolts ?? How ??
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:46 PM   post #11 of 27
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That is definitely an Ariens. I have the same model in Ariens orange from 2002. Although the Tecumseh Snow King engine runs fantastic, the snowblower itself is a POS. I've had every part of that blower apart to fix one thing or another every season and I hate the thing. It's the primary reason I'm on this board and dreaming of when I will be able to buy an X500 with a blower. I'll be more than happy if I can get $250 out of mine when I get an X500. I tend to think the Simplicity built machines are better, but Briggs & Stratton Power Division bought Simplicity a year or two ago and I suspect their cost cutting mentality will eventually leach all the quality out of Simplicity.

I've only broken my shear pins once. Stay out of the ice chunks the city plow leaves behind and you shouldn't have any problem. Plan instead to replace the auger belt every season or two to maintain an acceptable throwing distance. The belt tensioner is a crappy design and never should have made it off the drawing board. Wipe down snow and water off of all the non-galvanized cotter pins after every use or else they will rust through in one season. The friction wheel transmission - sometimes you'll have six speeds so slow you can nap all the way to the end of the driveway and other times the slowest speed will have you almost running to keep up with it. On the good side, I haven't had the auger gear assembly apart... yet.

It's hard to tell exactly from your picture, but it appears that the plastic belt cover has two worn grooves in the top like mine. That's because they couldn't even design the plastic belt cover to have sufficient clearance to the belt pulley.

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I bought this one 2 seasons ago, from a guy who said he used it once, I didn't see that he had regular bolts in place of shear pins installed and I blew the gearbox out of it the first time I used it, I went to Deere to get the parts (90 bucks) and they didn't stock them, but he sold me ones for an Ariens, they were 20 dollars cheaper than the list price on the Deere parts. Turns out Ariens makes this machine for Deere. Does Simplicity make them for Ariens?


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Old 11-04-2010, 08:56 PM   post #12 of 27
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The current JD walk behinds are built by Simplicity/Snapper and are very good units. Unfortunately, many of the previous units were built by Murray and were not very good. In fact JD lost so many customers, and had so much warranty work on them, that they dropped walk behind blowers from their line-up for a few years. In a strange twist, now that Briggs owns Simplicity,Snapper, and Murray the current Murray blowers are also Simplicity clones and are pretty good.
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He used it once and went thru the shear bolts ?? How ??
It happened to me on my first time out with my walk behind too. I was blowing the snow off of the front sidewalk last year for my new next door neighbor (my mother-in-law) and I didn't realize that the previous owner had left a number of rubber welcome mats scattered about, as well as a heavy garden hose...

I hit two different rubber welcome mats at 2 different times and got each of them tangled up in the auger, which took less than half a second, before the shear pins gave up their lives to save the gearbox. I put new shear pins on after untangling the first ruber mat from the auger, and less than 5 minutes later, another rubber welcome mat and another set of shear pins, and then about 10 minutes later, the heavy rubber garden hose and another set of shear pins.
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I have 9 years on my 724D, macadam driveway, no troubles yet.
Inlaws had a stone driveway, they changed over to a plow on their lawn tractor.
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Not really sure how he broke the shear pins, for 200 I wasn't asking many questions and getting it loaded up as quick as possible. I ran over and outdoor electrical box, my fault, I was off the driveway and forgot it was there. Sorry you have had such a bad time with yours Mike Michaels, but for the couple years I used it, it was flawless. There are no groves worn in the pulley cover, the machine still looks just like it did in that picture. I dont use it anymore, I drained the gas, put some oil in the cylinder and tucked it away in case I need it. Being 6'4" I need to hunch over to use it, with a not so great lower back and and having a long sloped driveway, I cold barely walk after using it for an hour to clear my driveway, let alone my 2 elderly neighbors drives. So I picked up this last winter.

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