Ariens snowblowers selling out fast!

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Old 12-12-08, 06:22 AM
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Ariens snowblowers selling out fast!

According to news reports, a strong early snow season has major supplier Ariens Co. already sold out of snowthrowers, and even though the company is still building them, the ones on the factory floor are all spoken for in their distribution chain. Company officials report that many of its dealers are already sold out of snow removal equipment.

Snowthrower sales are already up 50% over last year, says Ariens Co. President Dan Ariens. Even with a slowing economy, this year’s snow season could be huge for Ariens, except for one factor: engines. Major engine supplier Tecumseh announced it was closing its Grafton, Wis. manufacturing plant in mid-December, leaving companies like Ariens hanging since the announcement was made too late in the year for Ariens to identify and integrate a new engine and supplier into its product line. Most snow-removal equipment sales have traditionally taken place after Christmas, and a good early season like the one the “snow belt” states are currently having is driving demand upward.
 
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Old 12-13-08, 12:20 AM
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why can't areins call up briggs & stratton and say i need X number of engines asap. BTW briggs is on the ariens st-1136 im working on.
 
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Old 12-13-08, 06:25 AM
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Probably because B&S does not have enough engines and becuase their snowblowers are set up for Tecumseh engines.
I would like to see Ariens use Kohler engines on their snowblowers next year. Never been a fan of B&S snowblower engines. Anyone want to pool our $$$ and buy the Techumseh
engine plant?
 
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Old 12-13-08, 09:39 AM
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I was told Tecumseh Power Products was out of business, they moved parts production to Brazil and their parts molds were stolen and that getting Tecumseh is going to get very difficult, how true it is i don't know. Have a good one. Geo
 
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The major bussines of Tecumseh is cooling sytems:

Tecumseh Power Company is a subsidiary of Tecumseh Products Company,
a full line, independent global manufacturer of hermetic compressors for air
conditioning and refrigeration products, gasoline engines and power train
components for lawn and garden applications, industrial pumps, and small
electric motors.


The company was bought around 2002-2005 by a group of investers who know nothing about the items Tecumseh makes.
They just wanted to line their pockets.
Now, even their board of directors has infighting.

Herrick Foundation Files Lawsuit Against Tecumseh Products Company Claiming Illegal Stock Split
Tecumseh's board continues its pattern of decisions calculated to disenfranchise shareholders with the declaration of an illegal 3-for-1 stock split.

Last update: 4:06 p.m. EST Dec. 8, 2008
DETROIT, Dec 08, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Herrick Foundation filed a lawsuit in Lenawee County (Mich.) Court today to seek injunctive relief from the decision by Tecumseh Products Company to declare a 3-for-1 stock split effective on December 31, 2008. The stock split, which two board members voted against, is the Board's third unlawful effort to interfere with voting rights, according to Herrick Foundation spokesman Jeff Caponigro.
Herrick Foundation has repeatedly objected to the manipulation by Tecumseh's Board intended to limit shareholders' rights. The stock split has the direct and intended effect of significantly reducing Herrick Foundation's voting interest in Tecumseh from 15.2% to just 4.2% and all Class B shareholder voting interests from 100% to 27%.
After the lawsuit was filed today in Lenawee County Court, Judge Timothy P. Pickard scheduled a hearing on the preliminary injunction for December 23, 2008.
"If the Board was confident that sufficient support exists among Class B shareholders for this proposal, why did it not seek shareholder approval at the November 21 special meeting, or place it on the agenda of its annual meeting only a few months away in April 2009? The stock split is an improper and illegal action directed at diluting the voting power of the Class B shareholders. The action is the most blatant in a series of actions by the directors to protect their positions, and Herrick Foundation will again be forced to challenge it in court," said Caponigro.
Herrick Foundation, based in Detroit, Mich., is one of the largest charitable foundations in the State of Michigan.
SOURCE Herrick Foundation
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if Tecumseh's mods were stolen and getting Tecumseh is going to very hard. does this mean it will be near impossible to buy parts for Tecumseh now.
 
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Old 12-14-08, 08:21 AM
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if Tecumseh's mods were stolen and getting Tecumseh is going to very hard. does this mean it will be near impossible to buy parts for Tecumseh now.
There should be sufficient parts in the pipeline for the immediate future, however in the long run parts will become scarce. Many parts are available aftermarket, and I suspect many more will become available as there is a huge parts market out there, particularly for the Snow King engines. Time will tell.
 
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