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ever see one like this?

wow, looks like something someone built in their shed. is this real?
https://southjersey.craigslist.org/atq/5744493836.html


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Definitely real!

Look about halfway down the page: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...wer-gurus.html

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I have seen a couple of posts about these old snowblowers but I have never seen one in person, if I were in the area I would pick that thing up in a heartbeat. I doubt it removes snow very well but I would want it for the fun of owning something so strang.
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Now in this case I'll agree that the Toro 724 QXE will out perform this old relic.

... but this thing has the Toro beat in one area, hands down.
No flat tires !!!
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wow, looks like something someone built in their shed. is this real?
https://southjersey.craigslist.org/atq/5744493836.html
Homko blower

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my neighbor had one in his garage growing up and it was the first snowblower I ever worked on and used. The 3hp briggs had a gear reduction enigne with tapered shaft that the impeller eventually would not tighten to properly and would not spin under laod. We took it to shop class and welded the taper to male slightly larger and ground smooth. I worked a few seasons then broke again. By then i was off to school and into girls lol
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I had dark red or orange Homco just like this back in the mid-1980's. The prior owner told me it was used at a small regional airport to clear their sidewalks. It was a total BEAST and did an amazing job as long as you were going straight. However, you needed a lot of muscle and determination to make turns. I was happy to sell it to fund a well used Toro Snow Hound.
These things are so primitive looking, I think they're very cool and wish I had kept it.

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[QUOTE=NJHonda;1042690]wow, looks like something someone built in their shed. is this real?
https://southjersey.craigslist.org/atq/5744493836.html[/QUOTE

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That is a Craftsman blower on the NJ Craigs List. You can see the name in the handle photo. They were made by Western Tool & Stamping Co. and sold under the Homko and Craftsman (Sears) brand names.

I have a 1963 Homko. I have used it in 16" of snow and try as I might, I could not clog the chute. On top of that, I was throwing snow as much as 10 feet in the air. The more snow you forced into it, the better the machine liked it. ----- John

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I had one those!!! I found it in the trash in 1981, the engine was locked up. Carbon chunk on top of the piston, scraped that off and used it until 1995. It was a beast! That crusty ice EOD stuff, it would just drill into like a coal mining machine. Traction was great too. It was loud, noisy, vibrated and I loved it! Amazing it only had 3 HP, it would toss the snow 20 ft.

Sadly, while during the separation from the ex wife, I went to the house to finally legally remove my possessions that she held under lock and key. She had thrown it in the trash. Said it was on the curb 20 mins and somebody started it, and liked it enough to take it. Asked her why, and she said she was afraid to use it, it was not safe. I was so pissed off.

here's a vid of one..
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I just found this.
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