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post #1 of 17 Old 03-27-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Used LawnBoy Question

Hi Everyone,

I'm new here and new to snowblowing machines. I am looking for a used blower and came across a ST826 Lawnboy (model 55383). I don't really know what to look for but it seems in decent shape. All gears and levers move smooth and clean, it appears it's been maintained (spark plug is new and oil seems clean), and there's minimal rust. The owner wasn't home so I couldn't start it.

He is asking $525 for it which seems kinda high but I was told LawnBoy is a good make. I've attached some pics. Any thoughts regarding condition or what it's really worth would be appreciated.

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for a snowblowers with a 1980s tecumseh thats asking way to much, get him down to 300. these engines can have a lot of issues and are kind of a pain to get right so if it doesnt run right, knock down the price
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thanks for the reply, just curious though...what's a 1980s tecumseh? I googled tecumseh but it just brings up native references. Typo?
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thanks for the reply, just curious though...what's a 1980s tecumseh? I googled tecumseh but it just brings up native references. Typo?
Tecumseh is the engine that is on the snow blower you are looking at, I believe that engine is a Flathead Design which is prone to deposits.
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ah ok, thanks for the help/info
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this particular tecumseh also has points if its from the early 80s, a trouble prone carburetor known to cause surging, and a weak connecting rod prone to breaking at slight over revs (like 1000 rpm over revs). these are also known for leaking valves too because the valves stems tend to expand with use, so listen for a hiss or leaking air when you pull the cord slowly
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I had the same blower and sold it shortly after getting it. I don't know who made that era of LB.. but my guess is maybe mtd. just a standard so-so homeowner with pretty green color. You are right LB had a good reputation but that was years back- not so great anymore. At least in what I hear and what I see now. The LB reputation was rock solid on the older 70's mowers or earlier but that was days gone by. For 500 ( or less) you can get a extremely nice used Ariens or Toro and they still have great blowers and strong following. just my 2 cents.
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get a toro 824 (38080) or 826 and install an impeller kit, nothing more durable then that, older ariens are also excellent machine and the frame on both machines will outlast the engine like it did on my toro 824, try to get an ariens with a cast iron gearbox if you decide on ariens
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FWIW, it does appear to have a cast auger transmission. The only ding I could make against it, besides the age related rust, is the slightly bent up auger on the right side as you are facing it on the ground.

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by the way thats not a 13hp, on snowblowers and lawnmower, the model numbers such as 826 stand for 8hp engine, 26 inch auger or on mowers blades. i would do a parts lookup to see what parts are available. on my toro i know that important parts like the brass auger gear are still available and most tranny components, do a parts lookup and see what is discontinued
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