Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Venerable Snowblower

I doubt this is the absolute record-holder for snowblowers still in service, but it is certainly among the few.

The estimate is that it is about 35 years old. The tannish-orange sections used to be white. You have to click to enlarge to get the full effect.

Note the new tires from last year. Clearly I had hopes of running it another ten years or so. But it won't start, even with Chris's ministrations, so I think I will be getting a new one soon. A shame, really. The Swamp Yankee in me believes there must still be a few years left in 'er.


Anonymous said...

Did you make sure there was gas in it?

Sorry, had to ask.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Fair question, but no, the gas isn't the issue. Old gas would be difficult, but at least tease you with the idea that it might start. I think it might be putting the wrong oil in. I thought the unmarked black one was 2-stroke, and figured "what the heck, just go for it." Maybe not.

Jerub-Baal said...

I had one, that was third hand and almost that old. It worked until it cracked the head and started to spew gas over the hot exhaust.

A dangerous situation to say the least.

Anonymous said...

You do us Yankees proud, Dave.