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Found a older 726 john deere snow blower listed for 275 bucks. It looks fairly well taken care of in the pics, but can anyone give me any pointers on this machine before I go look at it. Have never owned a snow blower before so any thing of knowledge is valuable to me. Thanks in advance!
 

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I imagine the transmission and drive system is similar to 95% of the walk-behinds out there... that is a rubber tire against a drive disk.

Check to ensure the engine has oil and see if it looks like it has ever been changed. Other than making sure the engine starts and runs smoothly, check to ensure the auger/impeller lever engages smoothly and the auger/impeller both spin without a lot of noise or vibration. Also check to ensure the shear bolts are in place. Make sure the chute turns smoothly throughout its turning range.

Lastly, put it in low gear forward and then try to hold it back by pulling on the handle grips. If you can easily hold it back the rubber drive tire may be worn or is contaminated with oil. Do the same thing with reverse. When the drive tire has normal grip you won't be able to hold it back unless the tires start spinning.

If it's in decent shape except for the drive issue it is not the end of the world, replacement drive wheels are available, inexpensive in most cases and easy to replace.
 

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Well I had the cash in hand and already left the house in our less than horrible weather and road conditions when I received the message that he was no longer going to sell it since it broke when he test fired and tried it. So I thanked this person for wasting my time and made the trip back home to my scoop shovel that I broke on a chunk of ice, then the neighbor saw my frustration and came to aid with his blower.
 

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Bummer.
 
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