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A Tale of Two Bolens

I picked up a Bolens 824B earlier this fall cheaply, and I was able to get its 8hp Tecumseh HM80 working with a rebuilt carb. Unfortunately, its frame and right handlebar were rotting to the point where I could not bring myself to use it. It was destined for the parts pile until I found a similar Bolens (824A) with a dead auger gearbox. It also had a different color scheme and the bucket shape was different as well.

As I suspected, I was able to add parts from 2 broken snowblowers to get 1 working snowblower:

Here's the 824A that I picked up today with the bad auger gearbox:



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Does anyone know which is the older color scheme? As I suspected, the buckets were interchangeable. The red frame even has good axle bushings which is rare. The green frame has good tires/wheels which I'll be tranferring over to the finished unit.


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I think the red is older. Most of the MTD era ones are green.

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+1 on the red
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This is my 1987 Bolens 824 for comparison.....
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Thanks, MuncieM22. I think my red Bolens must have been a little older as it has the shorter chute.

Do your hand warmers work? If so, how long does it take before they warm up fully?


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db130, you are correct the older ones did have a shorter chute and the tear drop bucket. No hand warmers here, goin' old style!!!!!!
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The novelty of red+green look soon wore off and since the entire bucket assemblies were interchangeable, I figured that the augers+gearbox were likely the same as well.

All the parts came off easily on the red one, I was able to salvage every part.

Practically nothing came off easily on the green one, I ended up destroying the impeller pulley and the impeller bearing to remove them from the shaft.




The end result is pretty good though.


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Looking good i liked the Xmas themed blower though. DB you and I must have been fighting the same problem, on the same machine, at the same time frame. Im working on my bucket right now after striping all the parts off it. I had to completely destroy my pulley and bearing to get it off. I mean cut off wheel, 3lb sledge, and drill through it. My bucket had some serious surface rust and one auger was rubbing the bucket at some point. Looks like my machine blew snow and everything is in its path. Tractor part is finally done after a lot of axel beating.
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I put new tire chains and repainted the taller chute from the green bucket. I think it's ready to do some work this winter!





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