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Got a call to ask if I could look at a blower with carb problems, but he wanted a house call, I ask what kind of blower, he said home built. I ask what type of engine and size he replied Briggs 24 HP vertical. Well I think I was in the truck before the line went dead.
He told me he had looked at big blowers when he moved here 10 yrs ago and the thought of spending $2000+ or buying a tractor was out of the question as he retired on a fixed income.
Here is what the guy Built.
The 24hp was mounted in a older riding mower, that he got for free. He cut the frame behind the engine leaving the engine mount plate and then welded angle around said plate. The engine had the electric pto for a mower deck. This is now used to engage the 48" 2 stage blower that was used on a garden tractor and discarded in local trash collection site. (again free) Other than making the mount to attach to his frame the blower already had it own extended controls, that was easily adapted to the handlebars.
He found several transaxles from various junked garden tractors, with tires attached and settled on a craftsman 4 speed as the drive axle.
After setting every thing up and welding as needed ' he then built his own handle bars so that he could incorporate the controls, once that was done he said he located the trans axle where he could pivot the machine back , but still have plenty of forward weight. Then drilled and installed the u bolts to the frame. It does have true 12v electric start.
Now this is what I really like, 2 belts 1 for blower 1 for drive. Nothing else under there all enclosed in the trans axle. He had to change the front pulley size for the drive as he said it would run you over in reverse, it still can but he has a stop made at the fastest reverse speed he wants.
He built a hood that protects the engine and a wrap around 3 ft tall lexan wind shield that extends just past the operators shoulders and as well had heated hand grips.

The carb problem was the electric fuel solenoid on the carb bowl wire broke , just removed that and put a standard bowl nut/screw on it.
This man is now 85 yrs old has been using it for 9 years and clears 750 ft drive 2 1/2 cars wide+ areas around the yard and garage.
While there he let me run it for a few and I'm telling you this thing threw snow an easy 65ft, and was not at full throttle. And surprisingly was very easy to operate.
I did not charge a thing as I totally learned a hole new concept to building a better mouse trap.
All painted up his total investment is $155.00 + oil changes for 9 yrs. of course his labor was free.
I did ask to be first on the list if he or any family decides to sell it. I am truly impressed with this. No doubt I will be looking at junked tractors and the blower attachments in a hole different light.

I am going to try to get pics
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I am going to try to get pics



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Oh yeah.....definitely want to see this thing!



85 huh? What can ya' say.....a whole different generation, man!


Quite the contrast with today's throw away culture.
Do you know what he did for work before he retired?
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for 65 yrs he was a REAL Black Smith did farrier service and made things for people restoring antiques and other types of stuff.

He said that for quite a few years that he and his wife built stage coaches and fancy wagons for some of the big ranches and some for a company out in Hollywood.
He is sharp as a tack and shows no signs of slowing down. And yes he did forge some of the levers and rods and brackets.
By the way his better half as he calls her is 78 and she has and does operate this blower, he said why do you think I made sure it started with a key, then winked.
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I have to tell you the best thing I saw that he made was mounted in the center of his front door, was a real life size grizzly bear trap with teeth and all and is mounted where it looks to be fully set and ready to go off. In the center the trigger plate about 6" across reads Knock here.
Yes he made it and it has no working parts, except the center (trigger) is actually a knocker.
Trust me I looked at it more than once. This is a must have!!!
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Thatís wild, definitely try to post some pictures.

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Makes me want a Zaugg bulldog even more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Here's a similar door bell.
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They'll get the message
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I'll keep checking for pics too! I've worked with streetrod builders and racers and have a retired millwright for a buddy. Always something to build or improve on. This leaf blower is a good example.
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I would love to see pictures of that tractor unit also. I enjoy seeing other people's creativity. My main blower is also made from parts from multiple blowers, although they're all from the same make and era.
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