Yard Man and Yard Machines are both made by MTD. Yard Machines representing MTD's compact lineup at 22 to 24 inches - 5.5 to 6.5 hp. though they do have a 30 inch 8 hp model in their inventory. I'm not sure who makes the Yard Works brand.
Yard Man was orginally its own company. Not sure when they started, but they were around in the 1960's.
In 1967 Yard Man purchased Snowbird.
In 1975 Yard Man was purchased by MTD, and Yard Man remains a MTD brand to this day.
Yard Machines is also a MTD brand, much newer, and probably just invented by MTD. as far as I know it was never a seperate company.
Yard Works is a Briggs & Stratton brand, probably just invented by Briggs. as far as I know it was never a seperate company.
The Yard-Man has its origins in Jackson, Michigan around 1933, building reel type push lawn mowers. I believe they manufactured there snow blower line in Cleveland, Ohio, as that is what the address is on my original manual. The Yard-Man brand was eventually purchased by the Montgomery Ward department store, a major retailer of the brand. Yard-Man was then sold to MTD in 1975 and the Jackson factory was closed. MTD continues to produce machines under the Yard-Man name.
sscotsman", I checked the link you posted and I'm even more confused now… :icon_scratch: I can see that they have some Yard Works products like lawnmowers but when I check for snowblowers, the ones they're showing don't look like my son's machine at all...:smiley-confused013: The one he has looks exactly like the one pictured in my previous post (which looks more like an MTD (to me at least)… same colors, air-less large diameter plastic tires, etc...
Have yard man model 31AE653G501 9hp 27 inch
When I refer to very similar models both sites recommend the auger cable 946-0897.
I just received it after 9 days of waiting, but after checking, the cable is at least 6 to 7 inches too long...
Hi, I have a green and yellow yard man 9hp 27 inch made around 1998 and I need the manual.
The model number is 31AE653G501 and was made in Ontario, Canada.
I have a manual similar but I have no chains inside for driving. this model is 317e733e401...