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post #1 of 9 Old 12-31-2018, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Picked Up This Free Gilson

Got this the other day. It's a Gilson 479d 8 hp.

Needs a little work. Maybe a friction disk ( it's new ) adjustment. The machine goes very fast in 3rd gear but does not move in 1,2,or reverse. The wheels do move when I lift the machine in those gears. Also , the previous owner put a new auger belt on but the augers do not work. he thinks the belt may be too big. I haven't had a chance to investigate that yet but I am sure it works on close to the same principle as other snowblowers.

It looks like a very solid machine. I think it was built in 1972.

A little respite from working on my Honda's.
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Certainly looks well maintained, or updated/repaired over the years. And looks well made.

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Orange post some model and serial#s when you get a chance. Wow great shape!!!




Ahhhh forget I said that....479D.



1972 Gilson 8/26 Classic unitrol...NICE FREEBIE!

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that chute looks like a cannonball launcher.

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Ahhhh forget I said that....479D.



1972 Gilson 8/26 Classic unitrol...NICE FREEBIE!
i'm surprised the paint is still pretty good. All i have to do is wash it . I checked before picking it up with the Gilson snowblower group on facebook to see if parts were still available and they are. The previous owner installed a new friction disk and belts but the drive only works in 3rd and augers don't turn.

I havent had even a chance to take off belly plate or belt cover to check things out. It was just too solid with no rust or corrosion not to take a chance.

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I have that exact blower.....except mine is a 724...Montgomery Ward, hard tires , same paint scheme. I freshened up the engine with a valve job, painted the old girl, swapped in an electronic ignition coil. I'll never be able to sell it for more then $100....
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Free? Dang! Nice.
I have a 8hp / 26 in.
Please keep us (me) updated on your progress.
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I have that exact blower.....except mine is a 724...Montgomery Ward, hard tires , same paint scheme. I freshened up the engine with a valve job, painted the old girl, swapped in an electronic ignition coil. I'll never be able to sell it for more then $100....
I've noticed that these blowers don't go for much nationwide. Very surprising since there are a lot of 40-45 years models still working. Very sturdy from what I can gather. Also did a search on ebay and the parts are to the moon.

So you part out maybe and make a small fortune.

Maybe they will be collector's items some day. This one will be 50 years old in 3 years. I may be able to get $125 for it.

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nice find! be sure to play around with it...enjoy that Briggs-powered old iron!


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