Ariens 1960's and 1970's
Yes, I said I wanted to keep my page to the 1960's and 1970's machines only..
and I still do! But because the 924000 and 932000 series began in the 1970's,
I am including them here.
The 924000 Series and the 932000 series were produced starting in the mid 70's, and also ran through the 1980's, 1990's, and into the early 21st Century.
These can be considered the "fourth series" of Ariens
Sno-Thro machines, and the last series
I plan to document on this page (because I wish to keep this list to
and 1970's machines only.)
The 924000 series was Ariens line of full-size
sno-thros from 1974 to 2004,
The 932000 series was Ariens line of compact
sno-thros from 1977 to 2005,
924000 series is on this page, 932000 series is
on the next page.
Some of the first few years of 924000 series production
continued to use the older "teardrop" bucket style, from 1974 to
1978. But apart from the older style scoop, they still have the updated
924000 series features.
though the VAST majority of 924000 series machines were built with that
I found a photo of another one, a machine for sale on
Note that the machine has the controls mounted above the
nameplate, like the rest of the 924000 series, but it has the older
22000 series bucket. Mechanically im sure its 924000 series, Ariens
must have simply overlapped bucket styles for a few years between the
two series. (the 22000 series and the 924000 series did overlap, both
series were built together for a few years, 1974-1978.)
the 924000 series lasted until 2004, but the last several models, from
2000 through 2004, had the newest bucket style, the "modern"
bucket..(except for a few Pro and "classic" models, which did retain
the 1977 style bucket up to 2002 and 2004.)
So technically three different bucket styles can be found on
the 924000 series..
modern snowblowers, you often come across designations such as "724" or
some machines in the 924000 series *did* start to be named this way!
"830" "1136", etc, when used in this way, are "generic" names
describe only the HP and width..and are used across many different
and model types.
anyone has more detail on the series, please let me know!
Here is a 1974 924000 series.
This is a big model 924013 with a number 924012 32" scoop, and a modern replacement engine.
This machine is interesting, because the model number, 924012, does not appear in any
Ariens records! Ariens records begin with model number 924013.
But based on the model number itself, the use of the earlier "teardrop" scoop (as opposed to the more common "924000 series" scoop) and also the fact that Ariens always consecutively numbered its model numbers through time, (and model number 924013 is known to be from 1974), Scoop model number 924012 is almost certaintly from 1974 as well, the first year of 924000 series production.
This machine is owned by Steven W. of Port Hope, Ontario Canada.
Steven recently aquired this machine, it had a blown engine when he bought it, so he installed a new late model Tecumseh engine, and had the machine repainted..Steven says:
"Mr.Lawrence thank you for the great web site, it was a great amount of work and you did a beautiful job. I stumbled on your website. I have an Ariens snow blower with the (scoop) model no.924012 and the serial no. 007178, I ordered a scraper blade for it, I waited over a month until it came and they sent just a flat straight piece ,I'm working with the no.924013 information, as 924012 does not even register, but is clearly marked on the machine white tag. I need the scraper blade with the bent ends that bolt back into the sliders, I got the machine because whoever owned it before got a newspaper caught in it and blew a hole through the side of the motor, I've done a lot of work to it, but I just love it .I do a lot of snow removal, we live in Port Hope Ontario Canada , every body comments on it, the next door neighbor calls it the corn chopper. Thanks again for doing this site. - STEVEN W."
I then asked Steven if he would send me some photos!
"Hi scot, glad you like it, it was fairly easy to install providing you take some measurements with calipers, the old engine had a 3/4 in shaft and was approximately 4 inches long , so that's what I looked for ,this new motor isn't the greatest, meaning it is only rated for 250 hours but I got it at a steal because Tecumseh is finished in this country, as far as being on a snow blower anyway, so maybe these people putting new Briggs motors on these machines are worried about parts availability. The motor is a 11hp Tecumseh and is very strong, it can go through the absolute deepest snow with out even a grunt. Everybody I talk to says they don't really care for Tecumseh, they sputter an pop some times, but they have been on snow blowers for years, so even if this motor is rated for 250 hours with a little tlc should last a long time. Engine model LH358SA. the actual length of the shaft on the old motor was roughly 4 inches, could have been smaller, but bottom line measure everything before you go hunting. When I need parts again what number do you think I should use for the 924012? which does not exist. Im using 924013, like I told you the other day I just received a scraper blade with the 924013 number and it is different, it still lines up to the bottom holes but is missing side pieces. I made the pieces by hand and just have to weld them on',has to be a square hole to allow carriage bolts to slide for adjustment of scraper blade. Take CARE, STEVEN W."
(Steve's machine is also featured on the "engine swap" page.)
And here is a second 1974 Model 924013, this one is unrestored, and in original condition.
still going strong after 36 years! This machine is owned by Mike C. of New Brunswick, Canada.
I recently bought this Ariens from my cousin who bought it new.
32", 8HP, 120 volt AC electric start, runs fine.
36 Maritime Canada winters and still going strong.
Thanks for your site and the work you put into it.
New Brunswick, Canada
Attachment tag for scoop number 924012. 924012 is interesting in that it appears
to be the only 924000 series attachment model number in the 924XXX number series.
Ariens then switched to the 824XXX number series for all later 924000 model scoops.
(take a look at the serial number, 002846, then continue to the next photo.)
The "tractor tag" for model 924013..at the rear left side of the unit.
This is the model number used for the whole machine, as a complete Sno-Thro.
The serial numbers MATCH! I have never seen that before!
the scoop is model number 924012, serial number 002846,
and the Model number for the machine as a whole is 924013, serial 002846!
That low serial number means this is a VERY early 924000 series..the first model made,
very early in 1974 924000 series production. The model list below says the serial numbers start with 000201 (they never start with 000001) which means Mike's machine is the 2,645th
924000 series built..we arent likely to see an earlier one!
All the labels still in place! This is a completely original machine.
Thanks Mike, she's a beauty!
Four years later, we have another 924000 series.
A 1978 model year machine.
This machine is owned by Ryan H. of Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
This machine is interesting on a few levels!
First, it still retains the earlier "teardrop" shape bucket..it would appear that 1978 was the last year for this bucket style.
But also, the model numbers are very interesting! Ryan's machine has a tractor body tag with model number 924027, and an attachment tag of 924028.
Both numbers correspond with 1978, but model 924027 is *not* a model number for a complete sno-thro! it is a "tractor body only" model number..
I will simply paste excerpts from our email coorespondance to explain what I think is going on with Ryan's machine:
Hey Mr. Scotsman,
first want to say that I love your site as it has a wealth of great information and
is easy to navigate. I have recently obtained what I believe is a 1978 ariens from
a neighbour who had it out on junk day! I knew nothing about snow blowers previous to grabbing it but quickly realized that I had a real classic with an impressive following. All it
needed was a tune up and new muffler and it runs amazing. I found 2 different model and serial numbers. One on the back is M#924027 S#000743. One beside chute is M#924028 S#034363. Not sure what this means but I'm assuming parts may have been changed. It has Tecumseh 8HP HM80 1551280D S#7157D. Do you know what year this machine is?
wow, thats a great machine! and in beautiful condition..
your neighbor was a fool for throwing that away! ;)
You are right, all your numbers match up to 1978..but you also have something rather unique! something I havent seen much of..
The first number, 924027, is actually the model number of a "Tractor Unit", not a complete Sno-Thro, which means your machine was probably originally *not* sold as a complete Sno-Thro..which is quite unusual..instead it was sold as just the tractor unit alone..this was rare by the late 70's..but a few Tractor units were still being sold as stand-alone units, without a sno-thro attachment, in case anyone wanted to make one into a lawn mower or a garden tiller or something like that..which it seems few did people by that time, because the Trac-Team attachment line appears to have been dying out by the late 70's.
Your sno-throw attachment number, 924028, is also the model number of a *seperate* sno-thro attachment, which would have also been "sold separately"..Since both date from 1978, its probably quite likely that your machine was assembled from the two separate components at a dealer, and was then sold as a complete snowblower..it just didnt arrive as a complete sno-thro from ariens, like most other machines did..
Its also possible the original owner did in fact buy just the tractor unit, perhaps for use as a lawn mower, then also quickly bought the seperate sno-thro attachment as well..either way, I would say its highly likely the scoop and the tractor were joined together quite early..probably in 1978 or soon after. perhaps the original owner used his tractor unit as a mower in the summer, and a snowblower in the winter, for several years..
Which means its probably most accurate to say you have a "Model 924027 Tractor unit with a Model 924028 sno-thro attachment"..since model number 924027 was not technically an Ariens "sno-thro" model number..924027 does not technically exist as a complete Sno-Thro..
does that make sense? ;) but its highly likely the tractor and scoop are both contemporary to each other..very cool! :)
The engine is also extremely likely to be the original..since an 8hp engine matches model number 924027, and the Tecumseh serial number, 7157D, indicates a 1977 manufacture date..which matches perfectly..
May I use your photos on my page?
I love the story of the separate tractor unit mated with the separate scoop..you dont see that much! and also your scoop is somewhat rare for the 924000 series as a whole because you have the older "teardrop" shape scoop, as opposed to more common "1974 style scoop"..
I would love to include your photos!
An excellent find! quite unique as to its model numbers, and in beautiful condition! it should easily last another 40 years..
Wow, thanks for clarifyng that as my knowledge is very limited and the 2 numbers confused me a bit. It's nice to know in case I need parts. My wife thinks I'm crazy because it sits in the garage where I normally part the truck and am always tinkering with it. or on your web site. Please use the pics and tell the story as I'm sure the people that visit your site would really find this interesting. Oh, and no plans to ever sell this monster as I hope to leave it with my son some day!!!!!!!!
And here are the photos of Ryan's 1978:
thanks Ryan, one of the best "trash-pick finds"
we have seen!
Originally I didnt know the model year for this machine.
(which is why I have "mid-late 70's"
a few interesting spotting features on this machine..
Notice that the 32" bucket has the same outer shape as the 24" buckets,
but has a slightly different pattern on the sidewalls, around the axle bushing.
Here is a nicely restored1980 model 924050.
Brandon R. bought this machine, completely disassembled it, fixed some worn-out parts,
and re-painted it! look great! This machine helped to solve the "White Nameplate Vs. Black Nameplate Mystery" (see below)
And here is a second 1980 model 924050!
This one is owned by Ingo R. of Michigan.
This one is very interesting because of its very low serial numbers!
The snowblower itself is:
and the scoop is:
It is known that Ariens never actually began a model series with serial number 000001.
they usually started it with 000100. (in which case the actual first unit would "look like" number 100 as far as the serial numbers go..see the chart below for conformation on this.)
This makes Ingo's machine the 17th snowblower built in the 1980 924050 model run!
and the scoop is only the third built in it's series! wow!
Its also one of the very earliest machines to wear the new "Orange & Black" scheme,
first introduced in 1980.
Ingo bought the machine in November 2010, and proceeded to do a full repaint!
Here is Ingo with the story:
It was the first week of November and I went hunting on Craigslist for a decent two-stage snow thrower (they're technically snow throwers rather than because they first collect the snow by means of slower-turning augers than feed into the collection pipe and that then gets thrown out the chute by means of a high speed impeller). Anyhow, I stumbled upon this gem of an ad that was already a month old and though I knew the unit had likely been sold already, added "Yes- I'm interested if you still have" to the heading in my reply and it turns out the guy had a hundred emails, but had to go away on business right after he placed the ad and mine was the first one (and most current response) that caught his eye.
Here's the body of his ad (might belong in the best of Craigslist -- lol) Needless to say, his wife was not amused:
"Allow me to introduce you to "The Beast." I bought this item used about four years ago, and it continues to be a total stalwart workhorse for me. Starts up on first or second pull, and seriously throws snow like it's angry about something. Oh, I'm not gonna lie about it. It's one of the ugliest monstrosities you'll ever see. It's old, shows the wear, and as of this past off-season, requires its left tire to be patched or replaced. In a lot of ways, it's like my mother in-law. She's the ugliest b**** you'll ever meet, and simply will not DIE. The carburetor has had a tiny leak since the day I bought it. But the reality is - they just don't make them like this thing anymore. It's SOLID and you can tell just from feeling it that it's built the way these machines are supposed to be built.
The $80 is firm, and requires you to come out my way to pick her up. She's big and heavy, so have a pickup and a ramp if you plan on taking her. If you're handy, I'm betting you can get this thing back to peak performance for just a few bucks. As it is now, it runs well (with the tire issue noted).
Hope to hear from you!"
Now even though this is a 30 year-old machine, they are indeed workhorses and routinely sell for $300-500
My buddy Eric helped me pick her up with his Dodge Ram Pickup Truck that night (It was Voting day) and she started on the second pull. Tire was off the rim and he'd said the electric start didn't work. As soon as I got the unit home I went to see if the tire just needed reseating (there were a few cups of water in the tire) -- and I was able to successfully reseat it. Also, the Sno Thro had the optional electric starter option, which supposedly didn't work -- wanna bet?
So I proceeded to disassemble the tractor from the bucket and all related components including bearings and auger assembly. Time to remove all the rusty bits down to the bare metal, including all of the motor sheet metal pieces, and commenced painting and sanding operations (over the course of 2 weeks -- outside when weather permitted -- otherwise inside). Multiple coats of primer, plus 3-4 coats of Chevrolet Orange Engine Enamel (Rustoleum). Love it when a project comes together. Oh, also treated her with a fresh oil change of Royal Purple in the engine and synthetic gear lube for the Auger differential/worm gear and greased all parts, adjusted the reduction gear chains, etc. Carb only needed adjustment and the standing water removed from the tire that came off the rim and cleaned up the rim bead surface of the wheel and tire.
Also, like I said, this would appear to be an extremely early build for this model, as it is a 924050, serial # 000117 (they start at 000101) and the bucket is the third off the line (model 824007, Serial # 000103 - which would make it the 3rd off the line! (see attached pics)
Regards, Ingo (waiting for snow)
Wow, thanks Ingo! thats a great story..and a great deal for only $80!
Here are Ingo's photos: first, in the condition it was in when he bought it..
a little rough, but not too bad for 30 years old!
Ingo took the machine apart, sanded and primed all the parts, and did a full repaint:
and the finished product:
great job! thanks for sharing!
is a big ST1136.
Probably built 1980-1983.
Another machine from ebay.
Model No. 924082 - ST824
Serial No. 031463
exact year unknown, but known to be 1994 - 1996 timeframe:
Concerning the "White nameplate" vs. "Black nameplate" question.
When I started this webpage in January 2009, I noticed that some 924000 series had the older style "white nameplate" across the handlebars, and others had a more modern Black nameplate.
I started collecting photos of machines to try to determine what year this transition happened.
I have now determined that the transition year was in fact 1980!
Here is a photo of a 1979 model 924038, notice the White
and one year later, we have a 1980 model 924050:
Thanks to Brandon R, who restored the 1980 machine seen above.
924050 - in black! this is a 1980 machine.
924000 series Model Numbers and Manuals.
924000 series Sno-Thro model numbers, 1974 to 1979.
Tecumseh unless indicated as "Briggs" for Briggs & Stratton.
- 8HP 32" (1974)
The chart above is from page 2 of the 1979 parts manual:
numbers are above this point,
ARIENS ILLUSTRATED PARTS MANUAL - 924000 SERIES SNO-THROS - MODELS: 924046 / 924048 / 914049 / 924050 / 924051 / 924054 / 924056 / 924057 - DATED: 1980(I dont actually have this manual..I found it for sale on ebay, but didnt win the auction..I havent found it on the Ariens site. I have done a lot of research by looking at manuals for sale on ebay! ;) good source of information..)
There is a little confusion concerning models 924046, 924048, 924050, and 924052.
The list above does *not* show those models listed as 1979 models, and I have no reason to
doubt it is not a complete list for 1979! because..that list is from page 2 of the 1974 to 1979 parts manual: http://apache.ariens.com/manuals/PM%2024000.pdf
Which says "This manual covers the complete line of Ariens 924000 series Sno-Thro Tractors and attachments for the years 1974 through 1979 inclusive" .. well, thats pretty definitive!
However Ariens later
contradicts that 1979 manual with a 1983 document, seen here:
so we have two conflicting documents. One document clearly does not list them as 1979 models, a different document says they might be 1979 models.. I have placed them as 1980 models here, because it seems very likely the 1974-1979 list is more accurate, (why would ariens have a document listing all 1974 - 1979 models but leave off four 1979 models? that doesnt make sense) (also, they clearly say "complete" and "inclusive" in the 1979 document)..So based on the strength of the 1979 evidence, im listing those four models as 1980 models.
924000 series Sno-Thro model numbers after 1980, and up to
924048 (ST724) - 7HP 24" small wheel w/differential, serial 000101 and up (1980)
924050 (ST824) - 8HP 24" large wheel w/differential, (known produced 1980 - 1991)
924052 (ST1032) - 10HP 32" (1980)
924053 (ST824) - 8HP 24" (listed in 1983 manual)
924054 (ST832) - 8HP 32" large wheel w/differential, serial 000101 and up (before 1983)
924056 (ST1032) - Briggs 10HP 32" large wheel w/differential, serial 000101 and up (before 1983)
924058.(ST724).....-..7HP 24", for export only. serial 000101 and up (listed in the 1983 manual)
924071.(ST1136)...-..Briggs 11HP 36", serial 000101 and up. (listed in 1983 - 1987 manuals)
924072.(ST824L) -..8HP 24", for export only. serial 000101 and up. (listed in the 1983 manual)
924073.(ST1032) .-..10HP 32", (listed in 1983 - 1991 manuals)
924074 (listed in the 1983 manual)
924075 -..7HP 24" - (listed in 1983 - 1986 manuals.)
924076 -.ST1236 - 12HP 36" - (1988 - 1991)
924077 -.ST828 - 8HP 28" - (1988 - 1991)
924079 -.ST824s - 8HP 24" - (1989 - 1991)
924081 -.ST824s - 8HP 24" - (1992 - 1993)
924082.- ST824. -..8HP 24" - (first appears in 1994, still listed in 1996.)
924083 -.ST828 - 8HP 28" - (1992 - 1993)
924084.- ST1032.-..10HP 32" - (first appears in 1992, still listed in 1996.)
924085.- ST1236.-..12HP 36" - (first appears in 1992, still listed in 1996.)
924086.- ST1028.-..10HP 28" - (first appears in 1994, still listed in 1996.)
924087 - ST1232E -..12HP 32" - (first appears in 1994, still listed in 1996.)
924088 - ST1028E
924089 - ST824E
924090 - ST0036
924091 - ST1228E -..12HP 28" - (first appears in 1994, still listed in 1996.)
924092 - ST1236E -..12HP 36" - (first appears in 1994, still listed in 1996.)
924093 - ST924 -..9HP 24" - (first appears in 1995.)
924100 - ST824DL -..8HP 24"
924101 - ST928 -..9HP 28"
924550 was one of the last models with
1977 style bucket, built in 2002,
Accessories: (associated with the
924000 series 1974-1983)
Owners manual for models
924022, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.
Repair Manual, all 924000 models 1974
924000 series technically ran until the year 2004..but the classic
924000 bucket style, that began in 1977:
was dropped with the year 2000
models, for all new machines except a few Pro models..At least three
known models used the "classic" style bucket between 2000 and 2004:
Model 924118, which says "Classic 8534" on the dash, made in 2003.
Model 924550, made in 2002, called a "Classic" model by Ariens, was one of the last to use the old bucket style.
Model 924506, built 2002-2004.
possibly some of the other "late" 924000 series pro models as well)
The 924000 series ended in 2004, and
the new 926000 series replaced it beginning
the 924000 series is clearly the
largest and most diverse series ever made by Ariens,
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