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Was Jacobsen ever built by anyone other than Jocobsen ??
I've seen that they did make some product for Ford as did Gilson.

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I think Bruce is the resident Jacobson expert. At least he's rather knowledgeable on their mowers. Curious myself.
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Their designs are pretty unique.
I think they are designed/built in house.

This example is one model you don't see very often...
https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/grd/5330545881.html

... the last thing I need though is another piece of equipment sitting under a tarp out in the yard.

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That thing is A TANK!!!
Since its running, and if you needed a blower......and this is what appears to be a very serious snowblower, how could you go wrong for a C note???
And for a collector of unusual, semi-rare machines, well, it seems to me you wouldn't have to think about what to do.....

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That thing is A TANK!!!
Since its running, and if you needed a blower......and this is what appears to be a very serious snowblower, how could you go wrong for a C note???
And for a collector of unusual, semi-rare machines, well, it seems to me you wouldn't have to think about what to do.....
I had quite a few machines under numerous tarps in the yard, snowblowers, walk behind tractors, lawn mowers, tillers, in various conditions.
I finally got rid of everything last spring and reclaimed my patio/back porch.

The way I look at it is if it breaks and I can't find parts for it within 2 weeks, I don't want it. Even if the price was down to 25 bucks, I still don't want it.
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I think Bruce is the resident Jacobson expert. At least he's rather knowledgeable on their mowers. Curious myself.
Well...I know enough to be dangerous...

I've owned Jake mowers from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and still have a '49 Lawn King 26" reel mower, a '61 Turbo Cut 18" mower and a '60 Edge-R-Trim edger. I have copies of brochures from the 40s, but there aren't any pieces of snow handling equipment mentioned in them.

I have a copy of article entitled "The Jacobsen Story" written by a Ted Pankau. In it he relates how the company was started in 1921 by Knud Jacobsen. The Jacobsen company acquired a number of other companies over the years to expand their lawn mower line. The company was family owned and operated until it merged with Alleghney Ludlam in 1969. Textron bought Jacobsen from Allegheny Ludlam in 1978. One of the changes that came about with that purchase was the transfer of Jacobsen's consumer line of mowers and snowblowers to Testron's Homelite Division.

Not much else is said about the snow blowers or other pieces of equipment they manufactured, but from that article, I'd say that they developed and manufactured their own snowblowers until they became part of Textron/Homelite. Homelite has changed hands a number of times since then as I understand it. Not much in the history department about Jacobsen's consumer line.

That's about the extent of what I know about the Jacobsen company, but like you guys, I'd sure like to know more. I'd also like to find a 60s vintage snow thrower to go along with the other pieces I have.

I'm pretty much retired from the forum thing, but I check in every now and then.

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Here's the Wiki on Jacobsen - I see a lot of machines turn up still. Parts are out there if you don't mind hunting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobsen_Manufacturing



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I exercised all the willpower I had this spring not buying this lawn mower. Fortunately it didn't last more than a day before someone else got it. It was only a few miles away, and they were not asking much. I came "this close" to becoming a Jacobsen guy but I stood strong. I too didn't need yet another project. I do wonder sometimes if I missed out.
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Awe man - you shoulda been all over that like white on rice! No plastic or thin tin on that baby! Is that an Onan or a Kohler I wonder?



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I'd have been tempted on that one myself, even though it wasn't powered by a Jacobsen 2 stroke.
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