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Old 08-22-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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Looking for a recommendation for a shop that can give my Ariens snowblower a tune up. (Tighten belts, oil change, new plug, etc…) Preferably in the Moultonborough area and it would be great if they could come pick it up and return it when completed! Thanks in advance!
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Mark Richter Repair
828 Whittier Highway
Moultonborough

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We have used them for seasonal tune up and repair. They do pick up and delivery.
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Looking for a recommendation for a shop that can give my Ariens snowblower a tune up. (Tighten belts, oil change, new plug, etc…) Preferably in the Moultonborough area and it would be great if they could come pick it up and return it when completed! Thanks in advance!
Good reminder for me to get this on my to do list!

After many years with a workhorse Craftsman that always needed some small but almost endless repairs, I bought a Honda.

So far the Honda has been amazing, but they all need maintenance.

Thanks for getting this on my radar.
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Good reminder for me to get this on my to do list!

After many years with a workhorse Craftsman that always needed some small but almost endless repairs, I bought a Honda.

So far the Honda has been amazing, but they all need maintenance.

Thanks for getting this on my radar.
We upgraded from an '07 Craftsman at the end of last winter, and man was it difficult to say no to Honda—I just couldn't justify the extra $1k over my Ariens Pro. Other than straight reliability, how does your Honda perform?

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Have had an Ariens for 20 years and never sent for maintenance. Changing the oil is about 10 mins and the spark plug 3 mins. Belt tensioner takes care of belts. Keep it well greased and stabilize fuel in off season.
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Have had an Ariens for 20 years and never sent for maintenance. Changing the oil is about 10 mins and the spark plug 3 mins. Belt tensioner takes care of belts. Keep it well greased and stabilize fuel in off season.
I applaud your DIY skills. I’ve never been too mechanically inclined! I did tackle changing one of the belts and it became a bigger pain in the a$$ than I had wanted! I know most certainly I could change the oil myself but I want a Pro to give it some TLC! Now if your heart stops or you stop breathing….that’s where I have a particular set of skills!


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Lakeport Power Equipment, 143 Mechanic St, Laconia NH 03246

http://reviews.birdeye.com/lakeport-...49358708128791


Have never used Lakeport Power Equipment in Laconia but it has some good reviews that actually sound like they are from real customers and not just "ringer reviews" made up by the business owner to self-promote itself with a big phony, made-up review.

Anyone here ever bring their snow-blower to Keenan at Lakeport Power Equipment for snow-blower or lawn-mower repair? Mechanic St is one short block up back, up behind the big stop-light intersection of Elm St and Union Ave.

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We upgraded from an '07 Craftsman at the end of last winter, and man was it difficult to say no to Honda—I just couldn't justify the extra $1k over my Ariens Pro. Other than straight reliability, how does your Honda perform?

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Yes the cost was crazy high, I could have bought 2 replacements low end machines for what I paid.

That said it has been a flawless and solid machine. The battery start option may seem unnecessary but its sooooo nice.

Super happy with the unit, still not happy about the price ;-)
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I applaud your DIY skills. I’ve never been too mechanically inclined! I did tackle changing one of the belts and it became a bigger pain in the a$$ than I had wanted! I know most certainly I could change the oil myself but I want a Pro to give it some TLC! Now if your heart stops or you stop breathing….that’s where I have a particular set of skills!


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Having changed belts, cables, drive chain, friction wheel, ETC, Etc, etc I can tell you the belt change on my old Craftsman was SOB! Did it several times and it never got better ;-)

Oil change is within the ability of most people and rarely does anyone use them enough to need spark plugs, so for the first few years most machines need little work, but once they get older they can be a lot of work.

My Craftsmans motor was a beast and never let me down. At one point it started surging and I replaced the carb with a new one as it was like $10 more than the rebuild kit. The problem I ran into was endless small things failing. Belts were a regular item once it got older, then control cables, and just a bunch of small things like springs and friction wheel and such,,,

Its not rocket science to fix them, but it can be a real pain. Thank god for youtube videos, they can be a life saver as the manuals are often very lacking in detail ;-)
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Mark Richter Repair
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We have used them for seasonal tune up and repair. They do pick up and delivery.
This guy was extremely rude to the customers that were there on the day we had our small engine tuned up. And, the rants were full of expletives.
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This guy was extremely rude to the customers that were there on the day we had our small engine tuned up. And, the rants were full of expletives.
Well that is troubling. It looks like he’s got a lot of positive reviews on Google.


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My snowblower is attached to my John Deere and there has never been any maintanance on either except a minor tune up on the tractor. Blower throws the snow a good 50 feet. Never use any additives but a little Marvel Mystery Oil into the gas. Never have a problem starting tractor or the push mower which I bought in 1991. I believe all the autos and the tractor, push mower start better and run smoother since I switched to Exon/Mobil fuel Autos have better acceleration and possibly better mileage. The one most driven getting 34 mpg on the highway.

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If you do use him, would you let me know. I'll be in the market for an alternate repair shop. Thanks.
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Well, some may have not had a good experience, but we have used him for the past 9 years and have only had a pleasant experience. I suspect that he does not respond well to overbearing customers or someone who insists on immediate service. Our pick ups and deliveries have been timely, but definitely on his schedule. The one time we had an immediate problem just before a big storm, he came through.
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Looking for a recommendation for a shop that can give my Ariens snowblower a tune up. (Tighten belts, oil change, new plug, etc…) Preferably in the Moultonborough area and it would be great if they could come pick it up and return it when completed! Thanks in advance!
https://www.tricountype.com/

Closer to Meredith, so depending on what part of Moultonborough you’re in, it’s about a 40 minute drive. They will pick up and drop off and have a good parts department too.
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This guy was extremely rude to the customers that were there on the day we had our small engine tuned up. And, the rants were full of expletives.
That was probably Mark’s brother! He is colorful but a great mechanic! Everyone has bad days.

I believe Mark is retiring. The real estate is for sale.
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I also have used him in the past,,,,,,,nothing but great! Noticed the sign for sale, is he still open? I have a weed whacker to take over.......
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