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Do you think it's unwise to have an obscure Snowbird as your "go-to" machine ?

I'll have my trusty CCR2000 single stage for a backup.

I've always had a desire to own a Snowbird (a good condition/working unit). (Gen 1 or 2 only)
It's unique, old, seems to work well, not OSHA approved, love the chute design, etc...
Finding one in really good shape may prove a challenge though.

The other option is an old Gilson or in this case an old Lawn Boy branded Gilson, since Gilson branded units to hard to find in this area. Usually only find Montgomery Ward models...



Looks like the belt guard on this one is not oem.
The Gilson/Lawn Boy is probably much easier to find parts.
I'll have a look at it on Monday.

It's possible I'll continue to have this Snowbird itch until I actually own and use one for myself.
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I would use it as my main machine. Probably has a cast iron gear box. I'd be concerned the engine is tired, throws a rod, or more important to me, it has points rather than electronic ignition.

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I think that if you live in Florida, it would make a perfect go-to machine. Well, providing you were in Southern Florida !
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I use a 1964 Snowbird 263 as my main Snowblower at home north of Boston. Ive also started collecting them which is kind of twisted, the count of snowbirds is 5 now. They work really well and are fun to use. The main thing with these old snowblowers is to keep the maintainance up and make sure everything is oiled for smooth operation. The transmission is the main issue with these machines. Most people did not check the gear oil in them and they don't run dry that long. I have a 1969 Ariens 10,000 series for a backup incase the Snowbird gives up the ghost. The Ariens throws snow about half as far as the Snowbird but works great also.
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Thanks for the information...
I might also keep an eye out for a Hahn Snow Giant.
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That Gilson / LawnBoy is very serviceable, I used one just like it for several big storms this year. Parts coverage is probably better than 90% even when about 47 years old. Those are tough engines. If it's time for ignition you can go conventional or Megafire.
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Thanks Pete... as I suspected.

I reckon the SnowBird and Hahn would be lucky to have 10% Parts coverage. Most likely have to scavenge parts from other donor machines, which is fine if you have the room to store them, which I don't.
Not to mention the fact that I've only seen 2 Snowbirds for sale locally in the last 2 years, a few more Hahn's.
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Any machine regardless of the brand is a good one IMO. Snowbird, Craftsman, Ariens etc., all can have issues with one or more parts. That's where you get creative. May be able to use a part from another brand, make it or modify something. Just depends on how much you want to keep that machine in running order. I've made, I've modified and otherwise adulterated some machines to keep them going. You're not making a concourse quality machine, you're keeping and using what you want. That's what counts.


If you find the right one, go for it IMO.
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