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post #1 of 7 Old 09-21-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Need some Gilson snowblower information

My uncle took down some numbers on a Gilson Brothers snow blower that's been sitting around for a while. He said that it will start but when he hits the snow with the augers, it immediately dies. He tried finding a manual online for it, but there isn't one to be found. The tag says it was made in Plymouth Wisconsin. Gilson Brothers Snow Blower #ST 422 Model #55342 48080 Serial#420261 191. He thinks it's a 1974 from what he found on the internet. Any ideas on why it would stop when it hits the snow or where I could find a manual on it would be appreciated.
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Sounds like possibly really low compression or the main jet on the carb is plugged. I would check on cleaning the carb first since you said it has been sitting for a while.
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Hey if you haven't found the issue just check this site out which will help you and the guy that runs it knows just about everything about Gilsons.

The Gilson SNOW BLOWER Shop, where the Gilson Snowblower Legacy Lives
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I thought the govener (sp?) might be stuck?
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Per a Manual I found on Ebay...I believe it is a 1985/1986 Snowblower...I believe 85!
Here is the Manual link if this works
GILSON ST422 & ST522 SNOW THROWER 55342 & 55343 MANUAL | eBay
Correction:
If I read correctly your Serial number is nine digits in total(420261 191). Since the nine digit number serial number did not start until 1975 I believe that is a 1984 model. I believe the 5th digit should be a letter denoting which assembly line...could be a G or maybe a B...see if he can check.
Also I believe it was built on July 21, 1984(202nd day of 365) and it was the 191st made that day on the first Shift(6th digit denotes shift)!

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Thanks for all the replies! Especially the info about how the serial numbers are put together. I looked at the paper that he wrote down the numbers on, and it does look like the serial number is actually 4202G1.
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Smile simple solution

I'll bet it is as simple as the following. I have the same snow blower. When you engage the auger you must be holding the handlebar lever. If you aren't holding the lever the blower will shut down and sound as if it bogged out.
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