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A visit to the Ariens/Gravely museum.

I visited the Ariens folks in Brillion, Wisconsin on Friday, October 30, and was treated to a visit to the Ariens/Gravely Museum. They house a treasure trove of vintage machines from the past that significant to the history of the company. I took a few pictures while there to show everyone that this is a great place to visit if you are a fan of Ariens and Gravely machinery or even if you just plain enjoy seeing vintage outdoor power equipment that has been restored to new condition displayed beautifully for your admiration. The museum is located in the building that was one of their original manufacturing plants. It is obvious that Ariens is proud of their heritage and go to great lengths to preserve it.

Trac-Team with all the various attachments:


Two wheeled Ariens tractors and tillers. This is where Ariens got its start:


Walk behind mowers and garden tractors in the background:


Single stage snow throwers and their snowmobiles:


Their One millionth snowblower. The one to the right of it was built in 1960:


Their two millionth snowblower. I kind of like the chrome plated bits.


Their three millionth snowblower:


A couple Gravely tractors:


A few Gravely two wheeled tractors and some of their accessory attachments:



Now this part will really make you drool. This is what they call their "bone yard". It's vintage machinery that they have acquired and is awaiting restoration. There is a team of retired Ariens employees who do the restoration work, and give the tours of the museum. I could have spent hours looking around in here.

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just think of all the NLA parts that are there. and no one can get there hands on the loot.:face palm_zpsdj194qh

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No kidding! You see that walk behind on the middle shelf on the right in the bone yard? I picked one very much like that at a Salvation Army As Is store a few years ago for $5.00, cleaned it up, replaced some parts, tuned it up and flipped it to a young couple who had just bought their first house with a yard who needed a lawn mower. And I didn't even keep a picture of it! I had only known then what I know now.

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Great post and pics, looks like you had a nice inside tour and enjoyed yourself.
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that one all the way to the left in the fourth picture is actually a compact 2 stage called the metro, powered by a 2 stroke tecumseh engine with plastic augers and impeller. the bucket is also plastic. these are extremely brittle(i know from one i got on trash day) but are a neat design and very rare
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That is really cool. Have to respect a company that preserves its heritage like that.
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Great post and pics, looks like you had a nice inside tour and enjoyed yourself.
I did enjoy the visit. The museum is on my list of places to visit again someday.

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that one all the way to the left in the fourth picture is actually a compact 2 stage called the metro, powered by a 2 stroke tecumseh engine with plastic augers and impeller. the bucket is also plastic. these are extremely brittle(i know from one i got on trash day) but are a neat design and very rare
It was a very unique looking thing for sure. I took a little bit of time to look at it because you could see that it had a gear box out front and the auger was all a material like the paddles that are used on single stages.

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That is really cool. Have to respect a company that preserves its heritage like that.
Yes you do, and almost every person I spoke with mentioned the strong family ties of the Ariens family.

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That's really cool! Did you have a chance to meet Mary-Lyn?

Apart from the USA and Can, does Ariens sell elsewhere around the globe?
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That's really cool! Did you have a chance to meet Mary-Lyn?

Apart from the USA and Can, does Ariens sell elsewhere around the globe?
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Well, Kiss4aFrog unfortunately didn't make it.
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