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post #11 of 19 Old 02-18-2016, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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i have a 1967 7hp an 1975 7hp
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I own two Bob-caT snowthrowers.
A 5 hp and a 1971 model 1824 7hp

...always tempted to buy more.
LOL, I just remembered I picked up one last fall 1824/7hp
made in 66. I put it away and forgot all about it. Just pulled it out yesterday. That makes 5 now, lol
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Since you are in Rhode Island, how about making it six?

He's down to $30 on this very early "original series" one...

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Since you are in Rhode Island, how about making it six?

He's down to $30 on this very early "original series" one...

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I've gor two Bob-caTs, a 5 and a 7 hp with electric start. I inherited the smaller one from my uncle, who bought it new. I've owned that one for nearly 22 years. The bigger one I picked up about a year ago

I'll never forget the time I needed to replace the impeller bearings on the 5/20 in about 2000 ... the Internet was still a little spotty on content, and I ended up calling Ransomes in Johnson Creek, Wis, in search of a parts distributor. They gave me a phone number in Massachusetts, IIRC. I called it and they directed me to a mower shop ... half a block from my uncle's old home.

When I got there and told the counterman what I wanted, he went into the back room, came back with a plastic bag and literally blew the dust off of it. He had three bearings left -- I bought all three.

Since that time I've discovered Triangle Bearing in Oshkosh has all the needed spherical bearings on the shelf.

Edit: Gee, I looked at one of my two prior posts, and it looks like I told this exact same story on this forum nearly two years ago. Well, at least I'm consistent.

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I've had a early 70's 5/20 BobCat for I guess more than 20 something years I remember selling my Eska s/s and adding a few $'s to buy it. I've never really had any problems with it, just bought belts and serviced as recommended by Wisconsin Marine. This year I just finished making up a new auger drive shaft with the 8 tooth sprocket and when I got into the machine to get it ready for the season I saw that the OEM sprocket, shaft and chain were still good so I just added a small 3/8" hole in the top of the chain cover to make it easier for chain lubing and covered it with a pop in plastic plug. The one thing that I never really cared for was the OEM Briggs flat head engine. Specifically the no float carb. I could never get a smooth, reliable idle with it. So I got ambitious a couple of years ago and re-fitted the flat head with a new Briggs OHV engine, and a handle bar throttle control. The torque of the new motor, and the smoothness through the rpm range made the swap more than worth the effort. If there ever comes a time when I can't keep the BobCat running I have no clue what will replace it. With the heavy wet snow we get on Long Island all I see when the neighbors are cleaning up after a storm is machines that are clogged up and operators trying to clear them with sticks and shovel handles, while I buzz through plow berms and have to lower the shoot to keep the BobCat from throwing that wet snow across the road and onto a walk way.
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