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Hello, I am looking for some input on a 1990 Ariens GT17 that has a transplanted Kohler 18HP twin cylinder. He is not sure about the hours on the motor but claims it runs great. The person is asking 1700 for the tractor, 48" 2 stage blower, hard cab, wheel weights and chains. He wants another 200 for the 48" deck. Any input about the price or what to look for is appreciated. I am going to look at it this weekend. Ill try to attach the pics he sent me. He said that he sand blasted and repainted the tractor, deck and blower. Thanks


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Is there anything specific I should look for that could point to future problems? I am not veru familiar with this tractor so I have been trying to research it. It seems the best way is to just ask someone with first hand knowlege. Thanks
 

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those old Kohlers are bulletproof. you'll be buying a very good machine if you go for it!

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Tractor looks nice, the cab is an Ariens soft cab great tractor if it has a rear pto its a bonus. Blower pic doesn't show cables (2), springs (2). Parts are as much as a lawn tractor, crazy expensive! Just a pto shaft can go for $360 bucks one cable is $80.
 

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It has a front, mid and rear PTO. I am going to look at it tomorrow when Im done with work. I am going to ask him to throw in the 3pt hitch and go no more than 1800 and see what he says. He also has wheel weights, chains and a 48in deck. Im a little nervous because of the age of the tractor but I need a machine for doing my snow removal this winter. Is the cables and spring for the chute adjustment up and down? I have seen vids where people have modified electric motors for that adjustment. I think I would go to a bike shop and rig something up. Thanks for your input.
 

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Those snowblowers are hard to beat.Does it have power steering? Thats makes it nice with the blower on the front.Also you'll need to add a buch of weight on the rear my blower came with a factory weight box which wouldn't be hard to mount up.
 

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There's (1) cable that operates deflector, and a crank that rotates chute & because it has a cab, needs an extension to reach inside cab. Then there are 2 spring arms that attach to tractor and have large springs to raise it. I believe you need to have (2) 75 lb wheel weights or at least a 150 lb counter weight. I once tried to move tractor to weight box with no counter and the blower was so heavy I couldn't gain any traction and I run chains also. Id have the owner put blower on and make sure it all works then you'll know if it's broken or missing parts $1,800 is a lot of money you don't want to spend another $500 in parts etc, good luck keep us posted!
 

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That's a great buy any way you cut it. It's a machine that will last you forever if you take care of it and would cost upwards of 12k to replace today.
 

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So...............I called the guy selling the Ariens after work today so I could get directions to his house. He told me that he was just finished replacing a bearing on the deck and went to start the tractor and he had no spark. He thinks that the magnum 18 might need a coil. Im starting to get a little nervous about this thing. I told him I would give him a call on monday to see what the diagnosis was. He then told me that he has a Ariens GT17 twin cylinder that he has running. I told him I would take it into consideration but would rather have the Magnum 18. Any opinions out there???
 

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So...............I called the guy selling the Ariens after work today so I could get directions to his house. He told me that he was just finished replacing a bearing on the deck and went to start the tractor and he had no spark. He thinks that the magnum 18 might need a coil. Im starting to get a little nervous about this thing. I told him I would give him a call on monday to see what the diagnosis was. He then told me that he has a Ariens GT17 twin cylinder that he has running. I told him I would take it into consideration but would rather have the Magnum 18. Any opinions out there???
There's no coil on Magnums - maybe you need to get that machine away from him! :sorry1:
 

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thats a decent price for the package, you will like it & it works great (as long as it's runnung & functioning). It sounds like there is $1200-$1500 there without the tractor.
Here a couple pics of mine, this was my GT14, but now I have all of this stuff on my GT20, the power steering is nice to have, I have built all electric controls for the blower chute. I also have sony 200watt cd player with Ipod hookup, mxt thunder 4202 amp & a kicker 6.5" sub in there & heat
 

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Thanks for the info jaynut. :thanku: Well see what he has to say monday. Still wondering about the engine not having spark. I guess if the 18 runs Ill get it as long as the price is right or Ill take a close look at the GT17 he has and go from there.:dunno: I would like a Grand Sierra but they seem imposssible to find. :crybaby:
 

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grand sierra is the same machine with a cheaper hood & does not have the cast front grill ( less weight in the front) otherwise attachments interchange
 

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Grand Sierra also has an inferior front axle pivot design compared to the S and GTs and no park feature on the shifter.Between my GT 18s with power steering and my Grand Sierras I'd take the GT 18s
 
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