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post #1 of 16 Old 10-29-2017, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Ever seen a 2 stage Snapper with a paddle wheel (like a Bob Cat) ???

I've never seen a Snapper with this configuration before.

Anyone have any details ?




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no, never!

nice find

Last pic really shows how the design really stretches the length out

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True... those paddle wheel blowers do seem to be longer.
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I stopped by an equipment dealer this morning who used to carry Snapper (bought my first Snapper mower there in 1978) and the owner and his father had never seen a Snapper blower design like that before.
They were selling Snapper blowers since they first started making them.

Perhaps a short production run and only released to a small region of the country, who knows.
If you look close at the pic below, you'll see almost what looks like short fenders to the side of the tires.
At least that's what I would call them, but for what purpose? No idea !

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There is a small firm that has been selling the same design for a hydraulic drive 2 stage snow thrower
mounted on the front loader of a farm tractor.

If the engine was larger and the driven sprocket for the cross auger was 3 sizes larger and the sprocket for the impeller paddle wheel was one size smaller and an impeller paddle modification was done the snow would fly across the neighborhood to the other side of the ditch and bury the mail boxes.

If you mounted the smallest Yamaha V twin on this thing kept using WD-40, Fluid Film or no stick cooking spray it would really work well and barely whimper at the amount of work it was doing.

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Wow! I have the parts manuals for Snapper SB801 or SB601 ( or something like that) when I bought a Snapper shop manual binder from ebay last year and that is what's in there. Awesome to finally see one for real, will get back with the dates of the manuals as I'm at work right now.


P.S. those fender like ears were also present on the old Snapper RER mowers.

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Ok, so I was off on the model # but it could be a SN501 (5HP) or SN801 (8HP). Interestingly there is only one part # for the auger bucket and as a matter of fact the only part I saw that differentiates between the two are two bolts that go from under the engine plate, otherwise it seems there was only one size machine for either engine.


My manual has a print date of 9/73.


Here are a couple scans from it. Also I would be willing to donate a PDF scan of it to the site if I'm able to.
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I happened to stumble across another one - quite rusty - in a Milwaukee area Craigslist listing.

There's also a munchin 3HP old Snowbird in the listing as well.

Link: https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/grd...492737917.html
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And speaking of paddle style models, here is an MTD version from the 1970's. Spectrum's snowblower history page has a "Crusader" brand model that was made by MTD at the time. Yet I've never seen the MTD paddle style model in the old MTD chevy orange/red.

Link: https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for...506095056.html
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True... those paddle wheel blowers do seem to be longer.
Is it yours ??
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