This "snowblower" was a old, odd duck. Big IH symbol on it, 2 cycle, drum was a 4" diameter piece of aluminum tubing with (2) 2" wide pieces of corded rubber matting running the length. Instead of a chute, it has louvers (about the size of the ones on my window AC unit) that you can change from left to right. Looks like a late 60's/early 70's unit.
I asked what was wrong with it & he said it doesn't throw the snow very far. I smiled and said " It's not supposed to"
We tinkered with the jets a little, seems they "guessed on the mixture". Should be 32:1. Looks like 10:1 in the tank & it smells like burning used engine oil. (he denied this of course).
Explained mixture to him and why it's important to make it right. Showed him how much oil to use in a gallon and by the look on his face, he mixed it a little heavy.
This thing does a decent enough job for what it is, it throws the snow about the width of the unit. Go down the middle of the driveway, then start working it back from there. Once I had it running as well as it would, we went over to the parking lot next door. About 4" of powder was no problem, even deeper in places. Huh.
Seems his dad bought it at an auction for $45 and then couldn't make it work right, assuming it should throw snow 10 feet I guess. After he left here, he went home and did his driveway, then the sidewalk, now he's going door to door doing sidewalks for "a donation or free if they don't want to pay". Seems there may be another exhaust junkie in town.
Edited by MH81, January 14, 2012 - 03:33 PM.