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2 Things I've Learned On Here - Only 2? Passionate and Old

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I have only been a member since mid January but have been both an active poster and reader.

Two things I've learned on here, and were surprised at.

How passionate some people are about their snowblowersssss. Yes, more than ONE! More than one person and more than one blower they own.Whew!

Their wives must turn their heads, and walk away, saying glad it's his thing, not mine, not understanding. "But Honey, it's a tool thing." She thinking least he's busy, not bothering me, and I know where he's at. But what is he going to do when he gets too old to do this type of work.

The next thing, how many of these passionate MEN don't care about not getting a new snowblower. They are perfectly happy with 30-40 year OLD blowers. Most men want the new and greatest tool, or machine, or truck. I expected the same attitude acquiring a snowblower. It encourages me, and others, to keep our old blowers. Those of you are an example to keep and fix, or rebuild. I have gotten comfortable fixing the older blowers and know the ones I've worked on well. I like and appreciate the simplicity, ease, and openess of the older blowers. I've been reassured among my personal questioning that there is no need for a new blower. If it's good enough for you Pros it's good enough for ME! Thank you! My wife thanks you. She now can spend more money at QVC! Blast it.

I wish now I hadn't thrown out those half dozen old machines thinking they weren't worth anything. I think about this often. Because of you! Can we start a section for psychological counseling and consoling?

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The next thing, how many of these passionate MEN don't care about not getting a new snowblower. They are perfectly happy with 30-40 year OLD blowers. Most men want the new and greatest tool, or machine, or truck. I expected the same attitude acquiring a snowblower. It encourages me, and others, to keep our old blowers
That's me!
I own four snowblowers..
1. 1971 Ariens 724. my main working machine. been using it nine winters now, best $250 I ever spent.
2. 1971 Ariens 732. the backup machine. Tractor portion is beautifully restored. (not restored by me) (I would still like to restore the bucket)
3. 1961 Ariens. works, but not normally used. was given to me for free!
4. 1961 Snowbird. doesn't run, might restore someday, cost $25.

and I don't anticipate buying any more..ever..(because I dont need any more for clearing snow, and im out of room!
the two 1971's I suspect should last me another 20 to 25 years, which is probably as long as I will need a snowblower.
(i'm currently 48 years old)

As for "latest and greatest"..I'm driving a 1999 Chevy S10 pickup!
I think it will make it to 20 years old..

And I have a 1964 Wheel Horse garden tractor, which is my mower:



My wife doesn't care about any of these..She knows they are actually useful.
The Snowbird technically wasn't needed! but it was only $25, so, nothing to complain about there..

I am also into G-gauge trains:




it helps that none of my hobbies are *really* expensive! I don't have a boat, or a classic car!
The vintage stereo receivers can be had for $50 to $100 each..I bought four of them, and a turntable, and vintage speakers.
and now, i'm done already..

The trains *can* get expensive, but i'm winding down of buying those too..I have enough modeling projects "in progress",
using trains I already own, to last me the rest of my life! such as:

https://sites.google.com/site/scotlawrence/BDE129


Getting back to snowblowers; the great thing about the quality vintage equipment, like the 1960's and 70's snowblowers and tractors,
is that the quality is *still* there, even at 40 years of age..
My $250 1971 Ariens works just as well as a $1,500 brand-new snowblower.
And my $250 1964 Wheel Horse tractor works just as well as a $2,000 brand-new lawn tractor.
and compared to some low-end brand-new equipment, they are actually better..even when factoring in 40 to 50 years of age and use.

I do plan to buy one more piece of outdoor power equipment..
Autumn leaves are a major hassle for us..
we have several BIG trees in the yard, and we are down-wind from several neighbors, who also have a lot of trees..
we get a huge amount of leaves every fall..
our town does pick up leaves, but they have to be bagged! which is a pain..I would have to fill 50 bags..
I have been piling leaves in the back of the pickup and driving them out to the town leaf pile..but that also takes many runs..
we just have WAY too many leaves..

So, I need a lawn vacuum..to mow over, grind up the leaves, then suck them up..
that reduces the leaf volume by 90%..then we can compost them for the gardens..

So I have clearance to look for a 2nd vintage Wheel Horse tractor this summer!
and again, the wife is cool with it, because she knows it's an actual useful thing.
Im going to look for a 1970's Hydro, with a vaccum attachment, like this:




then, I will be pretty much done with collecting snowblowers and tractors..
I will just keep and maintain what I already own..
For awhile, I really wanted a first-year Cub Cadet tractor, but im giving up on that quest..no room in the garage!
cant have it all..I'm content with what I have.


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the way i figure it , the more bells and whistles you have the more that can and WILL go wrong.

the old stuff was built to last and you can almost always find a donor machine for parts or craigs or ebay to find parts that will make your machines last forever.

I have a couple blowers over 30 years old. where I live they get plenty of use. they will last another 30 years when I will be 90 and then I will pass them on to my grandchildren or great grandchildren. By then they will be worth thousands , probably.

We also have a 40 year old Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 44 year old VW bug , and several cars with 284k , 287k, and 333k miles on them. All run fine.

All you have to do is take care of your stuff and it will take care of you.

The new stuff is for the birds. New stuff is not made to last. Built to work only 4-5 years at most so you'll go out and buy new. That is how "they" keep the economy churning.

This ol skool guy will have none of it.

Keep the old stuff, recondition it , and have pride in it. Maybe we should have an internet convention once a year showing off our old stuff.
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the way i figure it , the more bells and whistles you have the more that can and WILL go wrong.

the old stuff was built to last and you can almost always find a donor machine for parts or craigs or ebay to find parts that will make your machines last forever.

I have a couple blowers over 30 years old. where I live they get plenty of use. they will last another 30 years when I will be 90 and then I will pass them on to my grandchildren or great grandchildren. By then they will be worth thousands , probably.

We also have a 40 year old Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 44 year old VW bug , and several cars with 284k , 287k, and 333k miles on them. All run fine.

All you have to do is take care of your stuff and it will take care of you.

The new stuff is for the birds. New stuff is not made to last. Built to work only 4-5 years at most so you'll go out and buy new. That is how "they" keep the economy churning.

This ol skool guy will have none of it.

Keep the old stuff, recondition it , and have pride in it. Maybe we should have an internet convention once a year showing off our old stuff.
I understand where you're coming from when you say this is how they keep the economy churning. Unfortunately I don't see what the alternative would be. A capitalist economy seems to need consumers. Maybe our grandchildren will figure out another way to grow the economy while producing consumer goods with quality that last a long time.


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I wish now I hadn't thrown out those half dozen old machines thinking they weren't worth anything. I think about this often. Because of you! Can we start a section for psychological counseling and consoling?
There there, it's going to be okay. Want some cocoa?

I'm not head over heals for vintage snowblowers, but there is something about garden tractors that has my attention. I've been trying to get my neighbor to drop his price on his 60s wheel horse.

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Back in the good ole days, companies looked for ways to make their products better. Now they look for ways to make their products cheaper.
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If it has wheels and a motor; I like it...


I think for many of us; we like fixing things..... I'm pretty sure I have spent more money and time buying , summarizing, and fixing my snowblower that I would have been better off with a shovel.


But the shovel has no motor or wheels; so I don't like it.


Great post ! ..... Keep the faith !
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Back in the good ole days, companies looked for ways to make their products better. Now they look for ways to make their products cheaper.

I'm not sure what was better for a company. Making a good product that lasts and enjoy a great reputation and customer loyalty or a product that wears out in a couple years so you have to buy a new one.

I guess a company can't make a profit if their products last. Is there any companies left that make a great product that lasts and lasts?

I know that I am part of a dying breed of people that take care of their stuff for a lifetime or longer so I'm sure the economy will survive without me buying new stuff.

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I could really get by with my toro 2450E and one of the 521's I have but what fun would that be
I can afford a new snowblower but none of them are calling my name
I don't have classic cars anymore but I do have seven motorcycles, all but one are running
I like mid- 80's Schwinn extra light bicycles and three of the five bikes I have are from that time frame
being single I need several hobbies

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I could really get by with my toro 2450E and one of the 521's I have but what fun would that be
I can afford a new snowblower but none of them are calling my name
I don't have classic cars anymore but I do have seven motorcycles, all but one are running
I like mid- 80's Schwinn extra light bicycles and three of the five bikes I have are from that time frame
being single I need several hobbies
with nearly 6000 posts, I know one of your hobbies.

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