Originally Posted by JLawrence08648
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
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!
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.