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Gilson ST522 worth owning or not?

Gilson Snow blower ST522
5 hp Briggs & Stratton Engine
22" Wide
Electric Start

Whats your thought on this particular snowblower. I am new to this forum, and this brand escapes me. I do know I prefer the Briggs over a Tecumsah engine? This looks to be a late 80's early 90's blower. How can you tell?
Do these hold their value pretty good. I was offered it for 250 or b.o.
I was going to try to get it for 200 if it ran well.
Anything to look out for when I look at this particular brand, or any brand for that matter?

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Hi Art,

I know the brand well.

ST522 is not the definitive model, just a decal designation. It only means Snow Thrower, 5 HP 22 inches wide which could be a number of actual models. The true identity is on the ID tag, probably 55??? See here.

In this case I'm pretty sure we are talking about a single speed, 2 stage machine. They are middleweight machines, not Gilson's best but plenty of people get good use from them especially for smaller spaces outside of the heart of the snow belt.

There are greased packed cases for the auger drive and final traction reduction that should be cleaned out and repacked by now. The auger worm is still serviceable but axle final drive gears are discontinued so there is some risk. Over all it is still probably better than all but the best of the best today.

Frankly before the snow flies I'd like to see you getting it for half the numbers you mentioned. Good old snow blowers do hold value well, sometimes selling for the original price decades latter! That kind of return is usually for the multi-speed machines of 7-8 HP +.

I hope that helps.
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Gilsons were very good snowblowers. I believe they've been oiut of business for a while.Forum member Spectrum has a website dedicated to Gilson blowers. You can go to his page and find a ton of info on Gilson blowers. Google www.gilsonblowers.com
Just me but I wouldn't pay that much for one that size.
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I used to have a Gilson 826 w/a Briggs engine. It was a 1978 and was an awsome machine. It was built very well.

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Pete, ya got there before I could post.

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Thank you everyone. I live in Michigan, and we average over 100 inches of snow. All I need it for is an Average two car double drive way with a sidewalk. I have been using a 21" single stage John Deere, and for the most part, it does the job, just not ideal during the heavy snowfalls, and of course the heavy wet snow we get often.
Are you thinking this machine is worth more in the 125.00-150.00 range?
and is this machine not really going to be a workhorse for me for this type
of work.
I will try to post a photo as soon as I can.

Thanks in advance.

Art

P.S. Am I correct to like those B & S over Tecumseh engines? I have been told the carbs are much easier to work on or at the very least, more dependable.

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Gilsons were very good snowblowers. I believe they've been oiut of business for a while.Forum member Spectrum has a website dedicated to Gilson blowers. You can go to his page and find a ton of info on Gilson blowers. Google www.gilsonblowers.com
Just me but I wouldn't pay that much for one that size.
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1988 Toro bought out Lawn Boy and since Toro already had a complete line of snow blowers the Gilson brand was discontinued. The cement mixer part of the bussiness was sold off and still survives to this day. I too have an Montgomery Ward 8/26 and the body of the blower is really well made. Thick steel and nice Unitrol drive that was replaced when hand control drive releases became mandatory.
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Thank you everyone. I live in Michigan, and we average over 100 inches of snow. All I need it for is an Average two car double drive way with a sidewalk. I have been using a 21" single stage John Deere, and for the most part, it does the job, just not ideal during the heavy snowfalls, and of course the heavy wet snow we get often.
Are you thinking this machine is worth more in the 125.00-150.00 range?
and is this machine not really going to be a workhorse for me for this type
of work.
I will try to post a photo as soon as I can.

Thanks in advance.

Art

P.S. Am I correct to like those B & S over Tecumseh engines? I have been told the carbs are much easier to work on or at the very least, more dependable.
I haven't had much trouble with the carbs on either engine. I believe both are fairly simple to repair. I still think that price may be a little high but agakn, that's just me. Gusto guy paid $15 for his Gilson and I paid $25 for my 826. It was pretty much in this condition when I bought it. You can see in the pics that I upgraded it to pneumatic tires but other than that it looked and stayed the same. As far as I know it should get the job done but there are so many variables. Go to youtube and watch a video produced by donyboy 72 ( I think it's spelled like that) and type in Buying used snowblower. That should bring up the vid. Watch it before making a purchase.
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Heres a couple photos, not good ones, but hopefully that helps in determining price on this machine. Certainly doesnt look as nice as the blower above.

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Heres a couple photos, not good ones, but hopefully that helps in determining price on this machine. Certainly doesnt look as nice as the blower above.

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Look at those solid rubber tires. He's got chains on there for a reason. They're just about gone. You can always put a bunch of sheet metal screws in them for added traction but they're pretty much toast. You really ought to watch Donyboy's video before buying any snowblower.

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Look at those solid rubber tires. He's got chains on there for a reason. They're just about gone. You can always put a bunch of sheet metal screws in them for added traction but they're pretty much toast. You really ought to watch Donyboy's video before buying any snowblower.
Joe is right on how poorly those solid rubber tires work. I have the semi pneumatic and I am looking for a good deal on some used inflatable Snowhog wheels and tires. Also it is only 5 HP and since your average snow yearly accumulation is over 100 inches you may have some issues with this machine doing what you need it to do.
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