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Advice please? Fixable or buy new?

Hi everyone-
So I currently have an older Lawnboy 824 snowblower which runs decently other than backfiring some and just has never thrown the snow very far especially to the left. I replaced the belts and even brought it in and they said they found no issue with it....

well I live on a main drag with two lanes going both directions therefore the end of our driveway gets to be pretty bad and often gets hard pretty quick as it's one of the first roads to get plowed.


So getting to my question: I know people have recommended adding a impeller kit to the blower, but I'm sick of working on the blower and taking it in to a shop is often expensive too!

So that being said, if I were to buy a new/used blower what would be some things to look for, brands, HP, clearing path..etc? My driveway is about 50 feet by 16 feet.

Thanks in advance!
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Welcome to the forum Jess.
I would definitively recommend you look at the Ariens Sno Tek line, they are the least expensive Ariens line but they have very favourable reviews here and other sites. If you want more features on a new snowblower but more expensive then you can check Honda,Ariens,Simplicity,Toro etc.
A 20" or 24" wide bucket would suffice for this size entrance but again not knowing where you live could change recommendations as you could possibly get by with a single stage.

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hello jess, welcome to SBF!! how old is your lawnboy

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hi guys!
First off, thanks for the responses! I suppose knowing where I live would be helpful I'm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area so we usually get decent snow

As far as the year of my lawnboy I don't know. I'll attach a pic, otherwise is there a way for me to find out on the blower itself?

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Possibly the I D label is at lower, left corner. Right behind the left wheel.
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hi guys!
First off, thanks for the responses! I suppose knowing where I live would be helpful I'm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area so we usually get decent snow

As far as the year of my lawnboy I don't know. I'll attach a pic, otherwise is there a way for me to find out on the blower itself?

Thanks again
That is an early 1980's rebadge Gilson made Lawnboy. I say put an impeller kit in it and see if it improves the snow throwing ability. Since you live in Minnesota go to Mills fleet or TSC and buy about 1 foot of bailer belt. Follow the advice found here on the forum and it will really improve the snow throwing ability. If the engine is stumbling you could repower too. If so get and 11 hp HF 346cc Predator. It will throw snow to the next zip code with that.

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For an 8/24 I would say the 212cc Predator would be more than enough. In addition to the impeller kit you could try changing out the engine pulley to try and get a little more rpm out of the impeller.

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That is an early 1980's rebadge Gilson made Lawnboy. I say put an impeller kit in it and see if it improves the snow throwing ability. Since you live in Minnesota go to Mills fleet or TSC and buy about 1 foot of bailer belt. Follow the advice found here on the forum and it will really improve the snow throwing ability. If the engine is stumbling you could repower too. If so get and 11 hp HF 346cc Predator. It will throw snow to the next zip code with that.
They no longer offer the 11hp 346cc. You could get lucky an find a store with old stock. Harbor freight options for this blower would be:

6.5hp 212cc for $99 with 20% off coupon

8hp 301cc for $185 with 20% off coupon

I'm waiting for someone on here to try the 301cc, I bet it's closer to 9.5-10hp.
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give the old girl a overhaul. ALOHA to the forms..: cool:

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wow!

Thanks for the great responses! So you guys think this old girl is worth putting more money into eh?!?! What would an overhaul consist of and is it something this female wrencher can handle?!?


Baler belt from Fleet Farm eh? I tried finding it on their website but no luck finding it.....


Thanks EVERYONE

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