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Hello fellow SBF members, so I am in need of an old school machine that has protruded augers that can gnaw through hard compacted snow banks that my plow guy at work leaves. I have used my 928 and yamaha 828 to deal with the situation every now and then but they take too much effort to be forced into the bank and have the augers do their work due to the augers sitting back in the auger housing.

Ideally I'd like to acquire a machine with 24 or 28" bucket with a blown motor and swap it out with a GX390 that I have sitting in my shed.

Any ideas? Leads?
 

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This may be a tricky time for inexpensive-snowblower shopping around us, prices may still be boosted from the storm.

Some old (60's) Ariens had augers that protruded beyond the bucket. See pictures here, for instance:
https://scotlawrence.github.io/ariens/Page4.html

But to be honest, the simpler approach is probably to buy some machine that suits your needs, and cut off the front of the bucket, thus exposing the augers. Though keeping the removed pieces, to allow bolting/welding them back on again in the future if desired, might not be a bad idea.
 

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After snooping around a bit it seems like I need an old school snowbird, I found a few but most of them are in the tri-state area :(.
 

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There are always old-school Gilson 835's that are popping up, unappreciated, around New England that will do just what you are asking.

All can be had for very short money. All have the old Briggs engines to boot.

"Play like a champion today."
 

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There are always old-school Gilson 835's that are popping up, unappreciated, around New England that will do just what you are asking.

All can be had for very short money. All have the old Briggs engines to boot.

"Play like a champion today."
What he said and parts availability remains very high!
 

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I have Old School Ariens Machines With Protruding Rakes Ripe For Repowering.Located in Hudson ma. PM if interested.
 

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Cool, I hope you guys can work something out!

JnC, if you get to try this, I think a lot of us would be interested to hear how it performs. I've had trouble driving into dense snowbanks sometimes, it would be interesting to have something available with exposed augers. If I had a spare "sacrificial" machine around, it might be interesting to try removing the sides of the buckets. But I don't want to do it to my primary blower, it's too-permanent a change.

Just exposing the augers would presumably make a huge difference. But if it was also a machine with serrated augers, that might help too.

Jackmels or others, do you have experience with using that style into tough snowbanks? How much does it help?
 

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Gravley Snow Cannon will chew through plow berms and have weight for serious traction. Heavy, hard to wrangle and dangerous. Later models had the auger more enclosed for "safety". Plenty on the east coast. Look in the Hartford CL for one.

I was wondering how long it would be until the ol' "Dog Eater" showed-up on this thread :devil:
 

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Jesus, that thing will even scare most of my customers away let alone the dogs.
 

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I recall the "dog eater" could throw snow an impressive distance. Some were troublesome to start in very cold weather. Especially when the owner did not put in winter grade oil. I remember having to go around with the service truck and winch the dead ones covered in ice up onto the truck bed to take back to the shop. Used pots of boiling water to speed up the thaw out.
Always wanted to hook up a 440 snowmobile engine to one of those...
 
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