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I'm looking for a Sears Craftsman Drift Breaker 10HP vintage 3 stage snowblower, the one with the headlights and little grill above the chute that looks like a little Jeep front end- and the upper chain driven auger.

any condition, running or not, but otherwise complete. Something I can get running with some effort. blown engine is ok, I'd rebuild it.
 

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yes nepa means NE Pa. area
 

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I am going to sell mine - I would put up picks but I can't figure it out yet - I do have it posted on Craigslist Massachusetts South Coast- couldn't figure out a price so I threw a crazy one up - well not sure if crazy- they are hard to find with the lights on them - I would like to pick up a honda 8 hp w/ tracks or a blower for my Massey Ferguson once I sell mine - this site is making me want to keep it thow
 

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What are they worth?
You mean the model no- 536.918501?
I was after 3 stage machines, preferably 10HP, but would take an 8HP in a pinch. last year there were a few on Craigslist in the $200 and up range, and I'd have to get them shipped in.

good thing I didn't buy them at the time. Now I'm finding 7-8-10HP 3-stage machines and bought 4 of them. 3 of them were only $50 each, and the big 10HP was only $75. I have a line on 2 more, an 8HP and 10HP, for $100 and $150 and passed on them.

found out how rare they're not. it's the phenom that everyone kept them until now, because of how durable and well made they were, many were still out there throwing snow- and the market is now somewhat flooded with them.

also the mostly aesthetic window dressings on the new machines in the showroom, i.e. car-like paint finished, power steering, hand warmers, is getting people to buy overly priced machines with options they really don't need. having been working on machines for 35 years now, those little doo-dads are the stuff that always breaks, and is difficult and expensive to repair. it adds weight and complexity to the machine. beauty and genius, is in simplicity.

the best hand warmers are gloves...and the power steering is in your arms
 
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I am going to sell mine - I would put up picks but I can't figure it out yet - I do have it posted on Craigslist Massachusetts South Coast- couldn't figure out a price so I threw a crazy one up - well not sure if crazy- they are hard to find with the lights on them - I would like to pick up a honda 8 hp w/ tracks or a blower for my Massey Ferguson once I sell mine - this site is making me want to keep it thow

the machines with the dual headlights are somewhat more scarce, and IMHO they are the ones to get.
having those lights on is really nice, when clearing the driveway at night. you can really see what you're doing.

saw your machine for sale, that's a beauty. looks very well kept. an honest assessment, my opinion of the value in your area, during a heavy snow week, you should be able to get $250-$350 for it. considering what the new ones go for now, that's a deal.

the only downside of that machine is, they are big, heavy, and prefer a deep 8"-12" or deeper snow. otherwise it's like killing a fly with a sledgehammer. but the new high dollar machines with all the bells/whistles are big too. many of them are bigger than that Drift Breaker.

I have a nearly identical machine, but mine has seen many more miles, and was not stored as well as yours.

the machines I bought all came in with issues and had to be gone through, and gotten running, and repaired. all but one started instantly with a shot of ether, but had carb, fuel line, drivetrain problems.
one has a seized 7HP engine. I would not sell the ones I repaired, for what I paid, and would probably want $150 each for a running 3 stage 7HP with no issues, and $200-$250 for a dual headlight machine, 8HP-10HP, that's turnkey ready. but these are machines that everything has been checked, repaired, greased, oil changed to synthetic, etc. the dual headlight machiens are also a great looking machine. even people who don't like snowblowers, comment and like the dual headlights.

you should keep it if you can, they don't eat much, other than a little space, once you shut them off:D
if you want to make the storage footprint smaller, remove the handlebars.

wait until a big nor-easter hits and you get 2 feet of snow, then put it up for sale. then you'll get top...if you do sell, find someone who appreciates what the machine is, not someone who is going to break it up and sell it in pieces on Ebay to make a few bucks. that one should be kept together.
 

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Thank man- I may keep it- I threw a stupid number on it and had a lot of replies.
The man before me bought it in the new- he used it a few times.
He went for a business trip to Europe, when he was away there maintenance man filled with gas and did the drive way (mixed gas).
The owner got back - emptied the gas and let her sit till 2005 or so. I was doing work there and asked him about it. I have owned it ever since.
I just used it last year for the second to last storm for the first time - chain came of tell wheel and the machine threw it about 20' in a tree. After that I brought it to some one I trusted for a tune up and that is were she got her first scratches on the nice shinny white augers shute. He said the machine was throwing heavy slush and ice almost 30' ( I wasn't to happy to find that out)
That's her 40 years
By the way - any one know the year of this machine model?
 

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remove the electric start button from top of engine, and post the long engine model/serial number, that will tell us the year.

I could tell by the finish the machine had low miles.

is this the one ?





 

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Keep it man. If you don't need the cash that is. If the bills are piling up pm and we can maybe work something out. LoL. On a serious note Ive sold many small engine equipment, the ones I regret selling are usually the old ones. Money comes and goes daily. A machine like that is becoming nothing but memories to too many people.
 

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That is the one- I think I will keep the machine.I will need to pick another machine up to use. Don't want to wreck this one. Thinking of picking up a track unit to play with for now. Glad I came here. Once I finally clean this one I will post some picks up
 

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I would still use that one if I was you, if you get hit with a deep snow.

If you got something else, get a smaller/lighter machine for lighter snows.

that's a beauty and I wouldn't mind owning it myself, but not for $800. I'd be tempted to pay $250-$350 if you were closer to my location- and that is one machine that should be preserved and stored indoors, which I don't have the space for at the time. my garage space is being taken up by a 1970 Pontiac GTO that I've had since I was 19.
 

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I ended up with this Craftsman Drift Breaker. It's in really nice shape.
A quick carb and govenor adjustment and runs like new. It's the
pride of my 3 snowblower fleet.




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Greetings, Just found this, I know it's an older thread. Daughter brought home a Drift Breaker, someone was throwing out, no idea how she got it up into the Sidekick she drives.
Model #536 918501 needs a good bit of work. Sounds like AMF made them for Sears.
Was anyone able to find a manual?

Onjig
 
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