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post #1 of 120 Old 12-17-2014, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Oldest working, and non-working, snowblowers on the forum.

Puppycats "What Year is Your Blower/Thrower" thread gave me this idea!
Lets see who has the very oldest working, and non-working, snowblower on this forum! just for fun and interest..I will keep track and tabulate them. We have quite a few early 60's machines here, I dont think I have heard of a working 1950's machine on this forum though.

We will have two lists, oldest working, and oldest non-working, maybe create the "top 10" for each category..and there might be ties too, thats ok. To keep the list manageable, lets keep it to:

1. 1960's or older. We know we will have tons of machines from the 70's and 80's..we cant count everything!

2. and lets also keep it to "walk behind" snowblowers, since that is the main focus of this forum..

3. and, also in the interest of "we cant count everything" how about: original engine for the "operating" category.
otherwise, we will have ten different lists! my interest would be to find the oldest original machine that is still working, and probably most people would be interested in seeing that too..

To qualify as "working" it doesnt necessarily have to be your main snowblower, it can be out of the active rotation..but if you *wanted* to use it, and all you had to do was put gas in it and fire it up, and it would blow snow, then it counts!

I'll start. my oldest non-working is my 1961 Snowbird S-224:


and my oldest working is my 1962 Ariens:


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mine- 2 working 1978/79 Ariens.. But one is not really qualified as it has been altered extensively so factory longevity is out the window on that one, but other runs flawless.
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Great thread idea Scot. My oldest working snowblower is also the newest in my collection.
1961 Ariens 10ML-35

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post #4 of 120 Old 12-17-2014, 01:05 PM
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I know I'm not the oldest, but you gave me an excuse to take a new picture, lol. Pictured with the original wheels, skid shoes, drift bar, starter motor and switch, Sno thro care kit and ad from '62.
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I think that's a cool idea sscotsman. Your 1961 Snowbird is a nice machine. 53 years old, man thats how things should be made today, to last 50+ years not 3-4 and buy new or have it rebuilt. Don't get me wrong, new blowers with hand warmers and things can be nice to have, but I'm old school, overbuilt tuff machines just have a spot in my heart. This is going to be a great thread and I wish I had something to offer to it. I need to go shopping now for a nice old walk behind.

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the toro 826 is my oldest, its a 1979

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my oldest running blower is a 1963 10ml35 and runs pretty good. I put up a thread on it a while back when I first got it. amazingly all it needed was a carb cleanout, spark plug wire end, and impeller bearing. these are very tough, solid little machines.


the only machines I have that are nonworking, are two 7HP AMF Polar Bears, I think the oldest one is a 1968. just never bothered getting them running, as the focus was on the 8HP AMF with the dual headlights, a more upscale, more powerful machine. I pulled the wheel lock parts off one of the 7HP parts machines that has a seized engine, to get the 8HP going. really just bought those to have spare wheel lock parts. they'd be interesting machines to lock the axles on and do away with the differential on them.

otherwise all the other machines in my sig are running.




just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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I think anything Geno has must be removed from the equation. He makes industrial grade "slightly modded" equipment. He should be banned to his own section.....crazy, wild blowers I say that with a lot of love and respect Geno
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Thanks everyone! good stuff so far! I will start, and post, the first lists over this coming weekend. I just updated and clarified the "rules" a bit..see the first post.

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My oldest is my '61 Ariens 10ML35 also, and it works

I'm curious to see if anyone has or still uses any of the old Gravely walk behinds with the snowblower attachments, or any of the really prehistoric looking stuff

Especially the Homco built Craftsmans. Was going to buy one locally that was about twice the price of what I'd have paid for it, but I just couldn't get over the fact that it looked like it was made out of cut up tomato cans
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