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Just have to say it...

Post in 'The Gear' started by suprz, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. suprz

    suprz Member

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    Now i know that this forum is for "wood" related gear, but because of the recent weather we have had this weekend, i have to give a shout out for my snowblower! It is a older model 27 inch, Noma 2-stage with a 10hp tecumseh SnowKing engine. I got this beast for free 2 years ago from a buddy of mine who told me it ran "great"...well, it might have run ...once...a long time before...but anyways, when i got it home the spark plug was loose and the wrong one, the gas tank had a leak in it, the headlight was broke, there were no shear pins just regular bolts, the carb was set so that when it did run it ran wide open and would not idle, the carb needed to be cleaned and rebuilt twice, and i had to put slime in the tires because they would both go flat after one day. But there was something about the big orange beast that just made me have to bring her back to life and her former glory. It took some time but she is good as new and showed her love for me this weekend by chewing through some real nasty icy chunks of 30 + inches of snow. My back appreciated it, and it felt good to be able to get the snow removed in record time, so i could sit by the woodstove while my neighbors where still outside shoveling......

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  2. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Lovin' my Ariens this weekend also.......
  3. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I broke the angle cylinder on my Deere snow blade, bummer.
  4. rudysmallfry

    rudysmallfry Feeling the Heat

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    My Ariens made me very proud. I have the little 20" one and it still powered through some stuff that my neighbors huge Craftsman choked on.
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  5. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, my wife and I had a next door neighbor just like you when we lived in Virginia. Ran his snowblower up and down his driveway, then just put it away while we were still out shoveling 20 feet away. Thanks, neighbor. <>
  6. MasterMech

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    Those old Noma's (before they were swallowed up by Murray) were good units indeed. 10hp Tecumseh was a good engine too. Loud, thirsty, but reliable as death and gravity.

    Take good care of it.

    Only 8-10" here but I'm not ashamed to say I've got the tools to get this place totally cleared out in under 40 minutes. I've got a small parking lot for a driveway and then it's just the back patio/deck and a small walkway and steps out front.

    Looks like the local young entreprenuers were out in force too. And well equipped at that!

  7. suprz

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    To be honest, if my neighbors were old or if they would have asked i would have done their driveways for them.....but unfortunately these days my neighbors are all younger, and dont talk anymore.
  8. suprz

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    I have to agree! That thing is a lot louder than most other blowers i have heard, and she will go though a tank of gas faster than my ex wife through my wallet!, but unlike my ex, it is always faithful, and always ready to work. :)
  9. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Part of my job is to plow the parking lot and sidewalks. I am more productive with the walk behind snowblower we have than either of the plow trucks. I can blow the snow where I want it to go and it's out of the way. 2 hours cleaning up around the buildings saves hours in the truck and does a better job.
  10. My Honda was great as well. There were times that all you could see was the top 3" of the chute, powered right trough it all. Haven't had to refill the 1.58 gallon fuel tank all winter :)
  11. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    8-10" in your area looks like 4-5" in mine?
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    You have a tecumseh that will start in the winter? Pics or it didnt happen. :cool:
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  13. nate379

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    Figured it was just my early morning coffee not fired up yet cause I was thinking the same. Must be the same tape measure I use to measure my fish! :p

  14. MasterMech

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    Every one of them I've come across with good fuel in it, the primer line attached (common for the original line to rot off from ethanol.) , and the carburetor clean, has been a 1 pull machine.

    Briggs and their updraft flo-jet carb on flat-head snow engines however..... and that damned starter clutch.... :mad:
  15. MasterMech

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    Jeeze guys, I'll post a pic of the yardstick in the backyard next time. The bottom corner of the drive always gets a bit thin due to the wind direction. Rest assured there was an honest 8-10" here.
  16. Flatbedford

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    Now that I've got it all dialed in my old IH Cub Cadet 42" single stage is working pretty well on the 14 hp 149.
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    No video, but I moved the 3' high windrow that the lousy contractor hired by the town left along the road back about 6' so I could walk my dog. I have a front blade on the other one that will also push through a 3' windrow.
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  17. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Holy Cow, two working tractors for snow duty? Thought you had a small city lot?
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    I have a small lot and not much of a driveway, but there is a huge no man's land between the driveway and the street that the town does not clear.
    I bought the second tractor just for the snow thrower, but decided to hold onto it for a while. I'll probably sell it in the spring with a mower deck and hold onto the thrower. I can swap the blade for the thrower in about 10 minutes.
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    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    I sold a 1320 Hydro when I bought the logsplitter.....Wife made me do it. Bought for $150, used it for 2 years, Deck Spindle Bearing went south.....used it to tow around a rented splitter. When I was looking to get my own splitter, Wife said "The Cub has to go....no room".....sold it as you see it with a Snowblower attchment that looked like it may have been used slightly (couple scratches, no rust)......for $200:(
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  20. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Sad you had to let it go. That is a much newer machine than mine from after International Harvester sold the Cub Cadet name to MTD. At least you made $50.

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