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I spotted this specimen being offered for peanuts last night and made arrangements to pick it up this morning.

It was listed as having a "broken sprocket in the differential that keeps the auger from spinning," and that it was best suited for parts. Oddly described, I know. It looked to be in pretty good condition cosmetically, so I figured that it would at least be an engine donor.

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Its model # is 38083.

I brought it home, fired up the engine, squeezed the auger lever, and NADA.

There were no weird noises or burning smells with the auger lever engaged. The augers would not move. Neither would the impeller.

I took the belt cover off and....... good looking belts.

I looked again at the impeller and what do I see? A 1" branch that had lodged itself between the impeller and the bucket housing. I mean it was really wedged in there.

I was able to dislodge it with a long pry bar and a mallet. I tried engaging the augers again with the engine running and........ the gearbox appears to be ok! The augers move when they are called upon.

The bucket is decent and the scraper bar is decent too. It could probably use better skid shoes, but they are usable.

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I am eager to test it out tomorrow (my region is expecting up to a foot of snow) so that I can check to see if the gearbox is any good.

02/25 update: gearbox is good!
 

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those are great machines, good grab.
 
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i picked one up ( 824 powerthrow ) a few years ago for $120. cleaned the carb really good, added an impeller kit and poly skids. it goes through every thing we have had. weight wise it is not as heavy as my 824 powershift but just as heavy duty
 

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I had one at a 2 unit we owned (there for one of the tenants to use). Had it for 3 or 4 years, got a fair amount of use and made money on it when we sold it (after getting out of the landlord biz).

Great machine. Especially with the tall chute.
 
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I have this same machine. Its a great little snow blower. Doesn't clog and throws far. Lightweight and maneuvers well. The small bucket is the only downfall, oh and peeling paint/rust typical of all blowers after the late 80s. Mine needs a carb rebuild, but those Tecumseh's are great for throwing snow
 

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Here's a long overdue update... I had ordered a new factory Toro friction disk because the old one had cracks on the rubber material, but upon further inspection, one of the bearings that support the friction disk hex shaft had quite a bit of wear:

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Toro calls this part a triangle bearing, and its listed retail price is $30 each. Thankfully, the triangle bearing on the other side is still in good condition and does not need replacing, and the rest of the drivetrain looks good.

A new bearing is en route and I should have this snowblower buttoned up next weekend.
 

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Lol, I see so often the way people destroy their units by neglecting maintenance .... As I always say, the majority want to just put in gas, and run them til they are broke, and buy a new one ..... That's how I get my freebies .... :)
 

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I spotted this specimen being offered for peanuts last night and made arrangements to pick it up this morning.

It was listed as having a "broken sprocket in the differential that keeps the auger from spinning," and that it was best suited for parts. Oddly described, I know. It looked to be in pretty good condition cosmetically, so I figured that it would at least be an engine donor.

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Its model # is 38083.

I brought it home, fired up the engine, squeezed the auger lever, and NADA.

There were no weird noises or burning smells with the auger lever engaged. The augers would not move. Neither would the impeller.

I took the belt cover off and....... good looking belts.

I looked again at the impeller and what do I see? A 1" branch that had lodged itself between the impeller and the bucket housing. I mean it was really wedged in there.

I was able to dislodge it with a long pry bar and a mallet. I tried engaging the augers again with the engine running and........ the gearbox appears to be ok! The augers move when they are called upon.

The bucket is decent and the scraper bar is decent too. It could probably use better skid shoes, but they are usable.

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Nice deal!! I noticed a few posts on Facebook in the Market Place section that had snowblowers they just wanted to get rid of, for FREE?! So I decided to go pick one up and see what was all wrong with it. It actually ran, but not perfect so I ended up cleaning the carb (easy Peasy) and chaning the oil, lube and greasing eveything that needed it. All in all I have a like new machine that actually 34 years old. And now I ended up getting 3 more (all Toros) that same way and going thru them. I have four machines now. One is a 1984 624, two are 1980s 724s and one is a 1978 724. They all run like new and are ready for winter now! They are very easy to do maintenance on. It's amazing how people just don't care to take care of equipment anymore. Their loss - my gain!

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I am eager to test it out tomorrow (my region is expecting up to a foot of snow) so that I can check to see if the gearbox is any good.

02/25 update: gearbox is good!
 

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Great find. I also got some freebees to work on. I now have 4 machines ready for snow. I have an '84 624, a 1980 724 model, a 1978 724 model and a 1995 724 model. All are in great shape (now after I went thru them) and ready for the snow season. I can't wait for snow now that I have 4 machines to play with. I'll probably keep one and sell the rest.
 
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