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Posted March 14, 2017 - 06:53 PM

Decided to try out my Artic 60 blower today with the 6'' of snow we got, this was the first time I used it to blow snow with, it did a decent job

 

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Posted March 14, 2017 - 06:59 PM

How did it work without tire chains - much slippage?


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Posted March 14, 2017 - 07:01 PM

Not bad, the weight gives it alot of traction its a bear to move around in the summer but the snow makes it turn much easier.

I did get the chains with it though as well as the original owners and parts manual from the guy who bought it new.


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Posted March 14, 2017 - 07:02 PM

Wow the way the the wind was blowing only a die hard Bolens guy would be out in it cause he was dying to try it out, cool old school unit

My wife asked 'aren't you going to plow the drive way?' I told her that's why everything in the driveway is 4wd push the button and go or... stay home like they are saying we should, maybe 4" here but really blowing it around
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Posted March 14, 2017 - 08:18 PM

Definitely don't see many, if any like that anymore. Built to last, and made in USA! Thanks for sharing the pics.
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Posted March 14, 2017 - 08:32 PM

Nice machine!
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Posted March 14, 2017 - 08:40 PM

Nice machine!


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Posted March 15, 2017 - 07:26 AM

It done as good a job or better than most new ones would.  Sounds like a solid axle drive unit.  My BCS is that way but they will really get the traction.  Wheels don't turn fast enough to slip, they just bite.  


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Posted March 15, 2017 - 11:08 AM

I love that thing. Who would think that it still can move snow after all these years. It's good to run these machines every now and then to keep the cobwebs and mice out of them.


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Posted March 15, 2017 - 03:01 PM

Ran it again this morning and it did a great job, I agree its good to put a load on these machines every once in a while as sitting is the worst thing for these machines.

 

They were  ahead of their time , some models even had a wheel ratchet kit that was basically the same design as the old walkbehinds which allowed the wheel to free wheel on turns.


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Posted March 15, 2017 - 10:59 PM

I never got the chance to use one of these in the snow. You are correct to say they are quite the bear to move around on the pavement. Looks like a lot of fun. Glad to see you were able to give it a proper workout. I've given up. We haven't gotten anything over 2" all winter. I'm over it and ready for spring.
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Posted March 16, 2017 - 08:39 PM

Got to love the old stuff  very easy to work on!

 

Broke the cable last time blowing so went to get a NOS one but was kind of surprised they didnt include a clip for both ends of the cable, ended up making a new "Service kit" for these wires that has two ends for the handle end and linkage end.

 

Good as new

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Posted March 17, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Nice job on that and by the way that machine is really clean for it's age. My two old 1979 Toro 11HP has the clutch levers to dis-engage either side for turning, good thing as they weigh 305 pounds a piece. I bet yours is a bear to turn.


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Posted March 17, 2017 - 11:26 AM

I don't think it was exposed to salt, the guy must have had a long stone driveway though as when I first got it he had about a 3'' Extension welded to the skid shoes! The augur is also pretty beat up.



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Posted March 20, 2017 - 08:02 PM

What an awesome machine! Never seen a Bolens snowblower like it before.






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