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post #1 of 17 Old 10-28-2015, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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My old Simplicity will be jealous. I found this 724-5 on CL within a mile of my home. Tires are flat(I'll put tubes in),auger housing paint flaking off,otherwise looks ok. Cleaned carb,changed oil,checked for spark and it started on first pull! I haven't looked at drive train yet but imagine it is a friction wheel setup as there are 5 forward,n,r settings. I can't wait to try it-we had flurries today. I am most interested to see if wet slush will plug it like happens to my Simplicity. GJ
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I'm interest to hear about that machine. I have never seen a 5spd BobCat. Also never saw one with friction wheel drive. Keep us posted.
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My old Simplicity will be jealous. I found this 724-5 on CL within a mile of my home. Tires are flat(I'll put tubes in),auger housing paint flaking off,otherwise looks ok. Cleaned carb,changed oil,checked for spark and it started on first pull! I haven't looked at drive train yet but imagine it is a friction wheel setup as there are 5 forward,n,r settings. I can't wait to try it-we had flurries today. I am most interested to see if wet slush will plug it like happens to my Simplicity. GJ
Not a friction disc drive, has a Peerless 5 speed transmission in there. Hard to plug those Bobcats up with slush. Look at the pinion and chain going to the auger, pinion usually worn if the chain was not properly lubed and tensioned. Nice find for free. PICTURES!!!

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Is your Simplicity the same design as the BobCat or does it have the more common open impeller ?? If the open style, have you tried an impeller mod on it yet ??


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It is mostly stripped now and yes 5speed peerless. I can see why they quit making these-they are really well built(expensive to manufacture)and like so many things driven out of business by stamped out junk brands. I should've taken a pix when I got it but now it's apart. It looks just like the Orange ones seen online. So far the only fault besides cracked tires is the broken rear tab on the plate holding pulley bits that bolts to chassis and engine. Putting it back together will be a bit of a puzzle as of course no pix were taken pulling it apart. That's half the fun though. I'll take a shot of the bits laid out so you can see what it's like.
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My Simplicity S 724 is a geardrive so the impeller turns 90 degrees to auger. It has a robust 2 speed gearbox and is a great machine except for slush clogging.
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Almost done

Just added pix of BC together w fresh paint-rustoleum "Pumpkin Orange". Will try it out tomorrow.GJ
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