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this year-your most trouble free, vintage machine is ??

mine is the New Holland/Gilson Unitrol.
NEVER fails to start, stored outside all year, uncovered, with old gas in it.
RESTARTS with one pull every time, if shut off.
CARB never plugs up.
DOESN'T smoke or use oil.
DOESN'T foul spark plug.
VERY GOOD traction even without chains.
EASY to steer, maneuver.
ADEQUATE 8HP Briggs engine.
SMOOTH control levers for auger, speeds, gears.

although the least flashy of all my machines, without the fanfare of 3 stages, 32" buckets, big 10HP engines, etc. it's by far the most reliable, dependable, useful all year long. not the most powerful, doesn't throw the snow the farthest distance (the Snowbird actually throws it a little farther), but by far the most effortless and easy to use.

how 'bout you ?




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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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define a vintage snowblower and classic snowblower

current machines
1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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define a vintage snowblower and classic snowblower
in general vintage machinery would be pre-1980.

it certainly would not be one made in China, using slave labor, or a 1960 Snowbird powered by a Chinese engine....or a $5000 machine made last year with power steering, heated hand grips, 15" tires, and a paint job that looks like it belongs on a NASCAR racer...

if the front chute is thin and you can bend it with your hand, or punch a dent in it with your fist, it's probably not a vintage machine

if it sounds like a P-47 when it's running, was made in the USA, and you punch the side of the front chute and break your hand- that's probably a vintage machine...

something with some USA made, American gusto, like this
not Chinese "smooth" and trendy "hand warmed"







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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What's the fun in not turning a wrench, or needing to tinker with it?

On a side note, at least it's not as entailed as this...:

https://archive.org/details/B-17-GroundOperations

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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
Yamaha YS 240 TB "Ricky" latest Craigslist find- on the bench now.
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What's the fun in not turning a wrench, or needing to tinker with it?

On a side note, at least it's not as entailed as this...:

https://archive.org/details/B-17-GroundOperations
I haven't had to touch my 832 Toro all season, it just works. I do all the maintenance on it, when it's warm
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I haven't had to touch my 832 Toro all season, it just works. I do all the maintenance on it, when it's warm
STILL WAITING on PICS.

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STILL WAITING on PICS.
+1 JerryD. ya know... it's selfish not to share pictures of your Toro!


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my '72 Sears 3520 runs like a scalded-ape, snaps to life with 1/2-pull and pulverizes the powder...

...after I pulled the head, decarbed, serviced the valves, relocated the tension sprocket, changed the crankshaft, swapped the auger, changed the governor spool, upsided the drive-sprocket and mounted a belt-cover.



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So.............. what you are telling us is........ that you haven't done any maintenance this month?

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I haven't had to touch my 832 Toro all season, it just works. I do all the maintenance on it, when it's warm
I can appreciate that, and I can also appreciate the idea of always being prepared and ready.

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