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Anyone used both a vintage Gilson & a 10000 series Ariens ??? Comments appreciated

I'll probably buy one of these two machines in the next week but since I have never used any Gilson or early Ariens, I'm hoping someone out there has used/owned both and can comment on how well they worked/handled.

Handles too low on either of them?
Throwing distance ? Either should be fine, just curious if there is a huge difference.
Clogging issues with either in deep/heavy wet snow ?
Is the slowest or fastest speed or reverse on them too slow or too fast ?
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For a 100' long driveway, 2 cars wide and then 3 cars wide up by the side entry garage door. Slight grade, only a 3ft rise over 100 feet.

Option 1: Early 70's Lawn Boy branded Gilson 8hp 26" with quick rotating spur gear chute



Option 2: Early 70's Ariens 10000 series 7hp 24" with worm drive chute


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With an impeller kit, I think they would both perform equally
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With an impeller kit, I think they would both perform equally
... and without one ?

Anyone ever try to weld a couple beads on the impeller, rather than using an impeller kit ?
Seems like it would be quick and easy.
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... and without one ?

Anyone ever try to weld a couple beads on the impeller, rather than using an impeller kit ?
Seems like it would be quick and easy.
I remember seeing photos where someone did a weld-up on the impeller tips here but can't find a link.
I believe the guy welded for a living.
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russrat last week you were looking for a Hahn Snow Giant or a Snowbird. What are you going to look for next week lol
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russrat last week you were looking for a Hahn Snow Giant or a Snowbird. What are you going to look for next week lol
... and thanks to a WTB ad, I found both of them.

However, the sellers seem to think their "worked good 10 years ago when I parked them out in the weeds" blowers are worth $250.00.
I would gladly spend that kind of money, if I found something in "mint", original condition.
I'll keep looking for one like that, but in the meantime, if something else appears like an old Ariens or Gilson/LawnBoy, I'll consider them.

I don't have a crystal ball, so you'll have to wait and see what turns up next week... same as me !
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You can't beat the Ariens 10,000 series machines. I have had excellent luck with them.
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I ran that Gilson / LawnBoy in a few storms and a blizzard this past winter and it was a rock star. The ground speeds are nicely balanced you have very high parts coverage available.

Some people find the handles low but there is some play in the mounting that lest you bias them up. In the day I'd set them up with the handles high but if the original set-up person just let them hang while bolting them up they will be lower.

Distance depends on snow, engine tune, impeller condition and even wind. 30 feet can happen. The same variables apply to clogging but I find it very rare across my stable of Gilson UniTrols.

That unit is a nice fit for your place. I clear 15,000 square feet with that and sister models.

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