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Snowbird functionality 2nd to none

Been looking at some pictures of my S263 and really miss the heavy duty beast tucked in the corner as I have been using the Simplicity of late. Hard pack chomping exposed augers, ground edge scraper bar, the two auger reels alone weigh more than a bucket-auger on models of late.
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I had one of those, a late 60s or early 70s model. It was a beast for sure. The chain drive auger was a great design. The chute rotated to either side with a cable that wrapped around the base. I remember taking it apart to replace a snapped cable and it took me a few times before I got it to turn properly.
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That thing is a beast!! How much horsepower? It looks like is has an adjustable volute? Nice machine. Any videos of this thing in action?
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I had one of those, a late 60s or early 70s model. It was a beast for sure. The chain drive auger was a great design. The chute rotated to either side with a cable that wrapped around the base. I remember taking it apart to replace a snapped cable and it took me a few times before I got it to turn properly.
Oh yeah on the aircraft cable for the chute rotation it is a learning experience to get it right

What is great about augers in front of bucket is that the snow is being pulled inward prior to the leading edge of bucket and leaves no windrows leaving a clean trail which no machine today can match.

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The steel of the bucket/auger housing was .090 and was invincible on this machine, by 1968 the corporate guys to maximize profits thinned it to .080 when the Yardman name was put on.

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That's a beaut, very nice.


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That's a beaut, very nice.
It is and the sad part is machines have steadily cheapened since then, that was before corporatism where only a select few can produce now due to over regulation.
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I found this picture of one that was for sale locally on CL. It was the same one I had. I remember the metal was very heavy gauge. The augers were great on icy eod piles.
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Because I do have a micrometer I might be the only person on the planet besides the long dead engineers that knows the true history.
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It is and the sad part is machines have steadily cheapened since then, that was before corporatism where only a select few can produce now due to over regulation.
The other side of that coin is that many (most?) people just simply refuse to pay for quality anymore... this has come up in a few other discussions on new machines here.

Sad indeed.

They're still building Monsters over here, I'd be happy to see some on their way across the Pacific.


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