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Picked Up 2 Vintage Blowers

I came across an ad on LetGo with a storage locker sale and these two Blowers were in the pictures as part of the sale...So I drove out to Saint Clair Mi to take a look at them. The story I was told was they were put away into storage in 1994 and have not been used sense, the man who paid monthly on the storage lockers had past away and they were selling the contents of the lockers. That's all the seller could tell me, so I offered him $60 a piece and they seller agreed.

Got them home a did a full look-see of them and was very happy to find they were stored without gas in them. Both had spark so I pulled the carbs and did a full fuel system clean out, did an oil change and replaced the spark plugs. I added gas and both started right up.....NICE! Both will need new belts and one needs a new friction wheel. I defiantly scored on these two. I will be restoring them.

Bolens 7hp Artic 75

Columbia 8hp Blizzard Buster

I have not done to much research on these, I know the Bolens brand but I have never come across a vintage Columbia snoblower.

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Better picture of the Columbia Blizzard Buster.....Who made these, could not find to much info on line.

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awesome score for two vintage runners !

24 " 1967? Ariens Sno thro
28 " Ariens Sno Tek
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I came across an ad on LetGo with a storage locker sale and these two Blowers were in the pictures as part of the sale...So I drove out to Saint Clair Mi to take a look at them. The story I was told was they were put away into storage in 1994 and have not been used sense, the man who paid monthly on the storage lockers had past away and they were selling the contents of the lockers. That's all the seller could tell me, so I offered him $60 a piece and they seller agreed.

Got them home a did a full look-see of them and was very happy to find they were stored without gas in them. Both had spark so I pulled the carbs and did a full fuel system clean out, did an oil change and replaced the spark plugs. I added gas and both started right up.....NICE! Both will need new belts and one needs a new friction wheel. I defiantly scored on these two. I will be restoring them.

Bolens 7hp Artic 75

Columbia 8hp Blizzard Buster

I have not done to much research on these, I know the Bolens brand but I have never come across a vintage Columbia snoblower.
Nice score!
Actually, I believe Columbia was a manufacturer. I may very well be wrong about that.

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MTD made the Columbia and the Bolens Artic line was made by Ariens.
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Nice find on both of them!
yep, as has already been stated, you have a classic MTD and a classic Ariens, both in rare dress.
(MTD's in the 70's were much better than MTD's today)

Not sure of the age on the MTD, I would guess probably late 70's into the mid 80's.

The Bolens is an Ariens 10,000 series from 1965 to 1972.
here is more info:

http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/Sco...html#question3
(scroll down past the Cub and Deere sections)

and the 10,000 series overall:
http://1stclass.mylargescale.com/Sco...ens/Page5.html

Both have Tecumseh engines, most likely original on both..post all the numbers you can find on the Tecumseh engine data tags, the serial number contains a date code.

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Replaced the belt on the Artic 75 Bolens this morning..(AKA Ariens 10,000 series) This machine operates perfectly. This is my first vintage Ariens I have gotten, I have to say I am very impressed with the build of it. The auger engagement system is really cool, if I had hair the force of the air coming from the shoot would blow it back....Very impressed with this machine, I think I am going to just use it as is this winter and restore it next summer...this machine is a keeper, will be adding to my fleet of vintage machines..

Not sure what I will do with the MTD Columbia Blizzard Buster, I am intrigued by it because I can't find another one like it on line. Thanks to you guys I do know it's a MTD but the vintage Columbia must have had a short production run sense I can't find another one like it on line. The model number on it is 850-5 B and the engine number is HH80 155127B SER 5290D
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Columbia is probably a brand name that MTD picked up at some point...MTD has absorbed a lot of brand names over the years..
im pretty sure it's what was left of the old Columbia bicycle company:



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Good find on the Bolens. I have one as well but it hasn't snowed since I've owned it.


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