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Questions about 60's-70's compact blowers...

I've seen a few rather nice looking 4-5hp 20-22" cut machines on CL recently.
Usually $200.00 or less and I've looked through Scot's website and still have a couple unanswered questions.

1) Were all the original Tecumseh 4-5hp engines on these blowers equipped with twin shafts ?

2) The early models appear to have the shifter near the right hand grip and later models it was moved down onto the crossmember between the bars.
Anyone have comments about the two different positions and why you liked one over the other. Any logical reason for the change ?

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I have older toro 521's and really like them. my single stage machines are actually good for about 95% of my snow blowing needs and when I do need a two stage the 521's cover the rest but its fun to have the 824 and 826

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I have older toro 521's and really like them. my single stage machines are actually good for about 95% of my snow blowing needs and when I do need a two stage the 521's cover the rest but its fun to have the 824 and 826
Thanks for William, but I was hoping for some comments specific to the vintage Ariens compact blowers.

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my old neighbor had one, it ran and blew snow great until he caught a door mat in the auger. I was trying to get it from him and fix it before I got my first 521 but he let the junk man have it

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2) The early models appear to have the shifter near the right hand grip and later models it was moved down onto the crossmember between the bars.
Anyone have comments about the two different positions and why you liked one over the other. Any logical reason for the change ?
Only the "first series" and the 10,000 series had the shifter on the right handlebar, and those were all "full size"..24" buckets or larger.

The first "compact" models, with 20" and 24" buckets, and smaller engines and tractor bodies, were the 22000 series, introduced in 1969. They all had the shift lever on the cross-member, not on the handlebar.

Why did they change the shiftier location? probably just evolving thoughts on design and ergonomics... better to have all the controls right in front of the operator.

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Only the "first series" and the 10,000 series had the shifter on the right handlebar, and those were all "full size"..24" buckets or larger.

The first "compact" models, with 20" and 24" buckets, and smaller engines and tractor bodies, were the 22000 series, introduced in 1969. They all had the shift lever on the cross-member, not on the handlebar.

Why did they change the shiftier location? probably just evolving thoughts on design and ergonomics... better to have all the controls right in front of the operator.

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Thanks Scot, I saw a 4hp unit with the shifter on the handlebar and just assumed that it was smaller than 24". I don't think I'd want a 4 horse blower with a 24" bucket.

Thanks for the clarification
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