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Could anyone say no to this ? Almost my Eleanor

So about noon today, I checked on new posts on Craigslist and saw this...
Notice the price !



Not exactly my "Eleanor" (as far as model goes, but yes as to condition), but I really appreciate well maintained machines, be it a snowblower, lawnmower, tractor, etc...
I said to myself "the price has got to be a typo", so I quickly shot off an email to the seller, letting him know that I was not interested and that he obviously left off a zero on the price and that an original owner machine of this quality, always garaged, clearly babied and maintained should be worth at least $100.00.
Even if the carb/fuel tank needed cleaning.
Also that it was 7hp, not 5hp.
A few minutes later, I sent off another email after I had a 2nd look at the photos and said I would like to at least see it in person since I'd never seen a Snowbuster model with my own eyes and left him my phone #.

Knowing that he probably had received 5-10 responses within the first hour of posting it, I went about my errands for the day.
30 minutes later the phone rang and we chatted a bit about the machine and his price.
I was not the first, second, or third to respond to the ad, but I was the only one to suggest that the price was far too low and that was the reason he called me first.
Maybe it's Karma, I don't know.
What I do know is that it's in my garage now and that my snowblower budget for this season only went down twenty dollars !!!

Man, this thing is well built ! And I love all the grease oozing out of all the zerk fittings, he was not afraid to grease it on a regular basis. The belts have just a couple hours on them also.
Original tires and chains.
I shot some carb cleaner in the the carb and it fired up on the 2nd pull, so it should not take much to get it going.
I'm not sure if I'll keep it, but I'll at least wait and try it in some snow before I decide.
I pulled up the manual on the Simplicity website, it's dated 1980
The H70 Tecumseh has a year of manufacture of 0 (zero), so 1980 it is.
The manual says it weighs 215 lbs, pretty light, especially compared to a Bobcat of similar size.











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Nice machine & thanks for re-enforcing my belief in karma! It does exist!!
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Congratulations on a great find! That machine is a tank, kinda looks like a Snow Bird.
It is in very good condition, best of luck with it, let us know how she works this winter.

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russkat, That is so cool If you have the space to keep it, you should. That's like the other one with all original decals still intact. Very, very nice. The tires chains are worth more than you payed! Gotta check that one skid shoe though.

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Fine looking blower and a giveaway price. It's a really good feeling to make a nice deal like that.

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That is a VERY well maintained machine.

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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
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Cleaned the carb today, runs so smooth at all speeds.
I was very surprised that it starts with such a weak pull, as easy as my other Honda GX series powered equipment.
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Wow what a time machine. Nice score and very nice that you were
very honest to the seller. I to believe in karma.
I can't get over the auger. One rugged machine and in very nice shape.

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Even the sun on your fence is smiling in approval on that one! Super deal.

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