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My REO snowblower

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davidmoll

Well I finally dragged out my 1950's REO snowblower from the back of my shed. I bought my first house in 1988 and I picked this out of some guys trash and threw it into the back seat of my 1978 Nova with the handles sticking out the side window. I wanted to see if I could actually get it running and use it to blow snow. I aquired all my first lawnmower and garden tools this way. Didn't know what I had at that time and I painted it Fenway Park green. You start it by winding the spring up on the opposite side and flipping the release latch and the spring rotates the engine to start it. It is all chain driven with a spinning clutch which is engaged by pushing in the red knob on the side until the two pieces engaged to drive the auger. If you look close you can see the clutch in one of the pics I attached. Then you push in the gear knob from neutral and rotate side to side to go slower or faster. The last pictures attached show the proud moment of me in my younger years snowblowing my walkway in front of the house. The height of the auger housing is about 8-10 inches so better not wait for it to pile up. You also can see my neighbor coming over with his toro doing the end of my driveway. I hopre to restore this over this winter and get it painted back to the original color metallic blue as you can see some parts have the original paint.

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davidmoll

I will check what engine is in there this weekend. I've had a very hard time finding REO snowblowers with this body type and what model year mine is. REO made there own engines for their lawnmowers and early snowblowers starting in 1946 until 1957. It wasn't until 1954 REO sold their lawmower division to Motor Wheel Corp. The Tecumesh engines didn't get put into the lawnmowers and snowblowers until 1958. I really believe my snowblower has a REO engine. I have a list of engines produced by REO and the first snowblower engine on the list was produced in 1954 and even though REO was sold in 54 they used REO engines until 1958. I've seen the ones with the Tecumesh engine and they have a completely different body style.

I need to confirm exactly what I have but I'm glad I hung on to it even know the wife said many times to get that snowblower out of shed. I just couldn't part with it as I have the disease.

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davidmoll

I checked out the REO engine and I believe you guys were right that it is a Tucemseh engine. The engine is a M70, next line P, next line 11L17. The last engine on the REO list which was M58 (not a REO design) was 1960. 1961 REO sold the lawn mower division to Motor Wheel Corp. So I belive know that the snowblower was made sometime in 1961 or 1962 because Wheel Horse bought Motor Wheel Corp in 1963. I still working on finding the exact year made and if I can get more info on the engine.

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choltman

I have one. about 1964. Same basic machine. My grandfather bought it new at a Wheel Horse dealer. It's badged Reo. It Has a Tecumseh. I think its an H-35. Started it yesterday. It still runs like a champ. They tended to go through shear pins and clutches though.

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choltman

Mine is red. Less sheet metal. If you spin the auger with your foot when you engage the clutch it lasts longer. OSHA would love that! Mine has a spring loaded reverse but no variable speed forward.

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