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post #1 of 17 Old 01-21-2020, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Funny How Moving Snow Can Be So Addictive

Great forum with so much knowledge and helpful members who seem to have developed the same addiction.

Attached photo of my snow moving tools not including 4 or 5 various size shovels and roof snow puller.

1. Little electric corded blower for large rear deck. Deck has glass panels and I got tired of shoveling snow over the railings so picked this up at a garage sale this summer for cheap. Works great blows snow over the railings no problem.

2. Main machine Ariens 28 SHO bought last year after using this forum to help make my decision. Very happy with it. Did the mod for extending the chute rotation and added a slower 1st gear by adding a notch in the control panel.

3. Sentimental favourite 1967 10000 series 5/24 Ariens purchased new by my father. Very original machine and runs like a champ after doing some maintenance this year. New head gasket, valve job, wheel bushings, new carb and muffler, tachometer install and increase RPM to 3500.

4. Toro Power Shovel this is a 2 stroke that was only made for 2 years (83 and 84 I think). Picked from the curb several years ago. Runs great and will really blow powdery snow. Not the most practical but you get the neighbours attention when you fire up this little screamer.

So thanks for helping me feed my addiction.
Thinking of picking up another old Ariens, Toro etc (60's, 70's or 80's) to restore, any suggestions on an interesting model to be on the lookout for?

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LOL … SA (Snowblower Anonymous) has many members ..

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I see our drug of choice is the same -Ariens

Very nice machines and I think you will put them to good use when ever winter arrives. I better start attending some meetings before the wife's car won't fit in the garage
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Hehehehe,

I have run 3 so far this year in snow, once each … I still need 4 more snow "events" in order to give each machine a taste of the white stuff …

As you can see, I am fortunate to have a separate shop/garage in the back of my property for my equipment
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Great line-up!!!What's #5, under the car cover Bob!!!

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier!!
2019 Ariens Compact 24...
2013 Craftsman 22" 179cc better than shoveling
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Great line-up!!!What's #5, under the car cover Bob!!!
1968 Cougar XR7. It is actually my first car which I bought when I was 16 back in 1982. Another sentimental favourite.

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Man I'm a slacker. Ariens 36" Pro Hydro, Toro S-3000GTS

You guys have great looking snow removal fleets!!!!
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Man I'm a slacker. Ariens 36" Pro Hydro, Toro S-3000GTS

You guys have great looking snow removal fleets!!!!
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That 36" Pro Hydro must be quite the beast! I'm jealous
I find wrenching on the older simpler blowers is quite rewarding and doesn't break the bank. Basic tools and skills are all that is required. Always good to have a backup, at least that is what I tell my wife
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When I was younger, I hated it. As I got older, and was plowing out my own snow so to speak, I began to look at it differently.

It was MY snow now.

I've also never been wealthy, and I was raised by parents who were both frugal and fixed things that had value that broke down. They also being depression era kids tended to have a bit of hoarding to their ways. They simply did not throw stuff away that had value while not necessarily getting used - and also my father tended to love having backups. Heck, he wanted backups for his backups!

So, when my father passed, and I inherited a couple old old old Ariens, for one I couldn't just let them get thrown away - and two given I'm both sentimental about the things I inherited from my parents while being fairly self sufficient - I wound up fixing them up.

I get disappointed when snow storms that are forecast don't pan out. I know...weird.

But there's something very "circle of life" about it for me. I'm the same way every time I take my father's boat out fishing (it's a 1980) that I got running after sitting unused for 35 years. All the push mowers I inherited from him too (most are roughly 1990-ish) that sat unused. I own lots of electronics he and my mother used through the years, too. My most prized possession is a Paul Detlefsen print that was my mother's favorite wall decoration - when my parents bought their very first house, that was the first decoration she bought for it (it hangs in my living room).

I graduated from high school in 1980 - and I kept practically nothing from that era that was my own. The only thing I own from the 1980's today are some music LP's. All these "toys" are links back to that era (and earlier) of my life for me. My snowblowers...and playing with them (yes, I consider throwing snow "playing")...LOVE doing it now. But I also believe using machines I used back when I was a child has a lot to do with why I love doing it now. Every time I'm out playing I remember the very first time I used Frankie the day my father brought it home brand new.

I know...weird.

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tlshawks that was a wonderful post and I can relate to everything you said.

Every time I walk by the old Ariens or take her out for a spin I think of my Dad. It was a big expenditure for him in 1967 he never babied it but he always took care of it. I remember how proud I felt the first time he let me run it on my own.
I too love blowing snow now, but it feels different when I am using Dad's blower. Kind of like he would approve of the old girl still going strong.

My wife calls me weird every time I complain about not getting the big snowfall they forecast.
Nothing wrong with being weird.

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