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Need help with an old chain drive snow blower!!

Hey there, new poster here.

I recently acquired an old Gardex Snow Giant Model 584 snow blower from my grandpa and was hoping for some advice on how to get this thing ready for a Michigan winter.

Been sitting for the better part of a decade...possibly more. So far I've drained the tank, replaced the plug, and fired her up! Runs, for a few minutes, but is tough to restart. I've got plenty of info and diagrams on the motor, a good old Briggs and Stratton. I've got the model and serial numbers and am not concerned there.

My worry is that it is all chain drive. The engine starts and runs, but nothing for forward or reverse movement, or for the auger itself. Everything moves freely by hand or when pushing, but not power engagement.

I'm hoping someone can come up with a diagram or user manual? I've had a really tough time myself. The little 2 speed "transmission" has a good clean tag that reads "J.B.Foote Foundry Co Model No P334." I'm not sure if the issue lies in the very long shifter, which moves and seems to click the positions okay, or in the transmission itself.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I have a Foote P334 here. I have borrowed a few parts from the reversing half as it has several parts common to the Foote 35 used by Gilson. The speed change half is complete. Drop me an email if you want to save the rest from the heap. You do have a number of parts common to the Foote 35 that can be found here near the bottom of the page.

Do check this bulletin. The grease in the transmission is probably shot suggesting a tear down, clean-up and repack.

As for the balance of the machine, I don't know it whatsoever. In general I'd suggest cleaning is up with solvent to rid it of old gunk and freshly lubricating. If chains are in doubt they will be generic and most shops can set you up with fresh lengths and master links. The came is probably true for bearings and many sprockets. A broken chain that wraps back around can do enormous damage, so be sure it's all sound and smooth.

Never underestimate what you can repair with generic parts.

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