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Identification help needed

Hello I am new to the snow blowing world having recently purchased a running Simplicity 2 stage 28" for a grand total of $25. I think it is from '79-'80. The only numbers I can find are on the top of the motor cover are as follows:
HM80 155167F SER 91230
Can anyone tell me anything about this machine or where I should start looking?
Thanks for your help
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Brent,
did there happen to be a space in the 5 digits of that serial number?
like 9(space)1230 or 9123(space)0 ?
if so, that space is important!

Can you post any photos?
photos go 90% of the way there for identifying an old snowblower..

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Thanks Scot, I'll check that and post some pics tomorrow
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OK closer look revealed the the #'s I posted yesterday were in fact incorrect. The last character is a D. They can be seen in the last pic.
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"The last character is a D"

thanks Brent! that makes more sense..
your serial number, 9123D, says the engine was assembled at Tecumseh on
"the 123rd day of a year ending in 9"..unfortunately Tecumseh never bothered with 2-digit year codes! so "year ending in 9" could be 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, or 1999.

In your case, based on the snowblower itself, we can be sure it most likely means 1979 or 1989..not older or newer.

I would say 1979 is the most plausible..
that sideways mounted engine is unusual!
no friction-disk or transmission inside the body, instead there is a pully system on the side of the machine..thats an unusual setup!

I found a manual here that might be helpful:

SIMPLICITY 1968 PARTS MANUAL Pdf Download.

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welcome to sbf. the guys here can probly help you with a model no. good score for 25.00. gayland
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Thanks, at that price I couldn't turn it down
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Thank you Scot, '79 makes sense. the pulleys are operated by the hand levers engaging the drive axle and the auger.
downloading the manual now
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79 sounds good to me, and it appears to be in great shape for its age.

The Gilson Snowblower Shop's Vintage Machine Showcase

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SIMPLICITY
PADDLE STYLE

Like the BobCat shown below this machine has a paddle style impeller. I keep hearing great things about these. It looks like the concept forces the design of a longer machine. The longer machine probably meant less maneuverability and higher cost. Then again maybe the market just wasn't ready for it yet? I recall these being advertised around 1970.

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79 sounds good to me, and it appears to be in great shape for its age.

The Gilson Snowblower Shop's Vintage Machine Showcase
I agree it is in great shape. I'm thinking of taking it to the local small engine guru to give it a good once over before I need it to work but am excited to be keeping this mechanical wonder going!
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