We all owe a debt of gratitude to Wade as a friend and mentor. This club probably would not exist if he had not been there in the beginning. It certainly would not be what it is today. Those of you that did not get to known him really missed out.
We all miss Wade terribly, but he lives on in our hearts and minds. This is a great thing he wrote when he treated himself to a new snowblower and was offering up his old one to anyone manly enough to tame it!!
OK kids…here it is…your chance to own a CLASSIC. What we have here is a ‘72 or ‘73 vintage Toro 2-stage 26”, 7HP machine that I’ve lovingly dubbed “The Beast”.I’ve owned it for 20-ish years and it’s never let me down, and NEVER required more than 1 or 2 pulls to start. Totally amazing. It’s loud, it’s heavy, it’s ugly, it’s powerful, it smokes a bit, shoots fire out the exhaust and leaks gas, and it’ll throw you around like a rag doll unless you’re a manly man or significantly bulkier than average. This bad boy is not for the faint of heart. There are ZERO safety features on this thing…remember, it’s 40+ years old…built in a golden age before people became pansies that needed to be protected from themselves. There’s no weenie handles or kill switches to hold down to keep the auger engaged, or to keep it in gear….just a big steel shifter and a giant lever to engage the auger. Buyer beware if you fall down or get scared and let go of it, this sumbitch is going to keep going until it runs out of gas….mailboxes, trees, cars, your neighbor’s house…it doesn’t care. It won’t even slow down. It’s got 7HP worth of old-school Briggs & Stratton flat-head muscle…made in the US of fuckin’-A. The more you let it eat, the madder it gets. I’m pretty sure it weighs more than my Z71 pickup, and I know it’d win a head-on crash test. There’s not a piece of plastic on it anywhere. Aside from the tires and drive belts, every part on it is made of STEEL…melted down from old WWII tanks and cannons and shit.
If you try to reverse up too steep a hill without helping it, the chain skips once in a while, but other than that, it works perfectly. It used to break shear-pins in the drive sprocket all the time until “snowmageddon” a few years ago. After I used up all my spare shear pins and every single 5/16” bolt in my junk box, I got mad and welded the sprocket to the axle. The good news….it’s been perfect ever since. The bad news….if the axle breaks or the sprocket needs to be replaced, you’re boned.
The first person that claims it gets it! A couple 12-packs of decent IPA or Pale Ale would be appreciated, but not necessary. I’ll hold it for a week or two, and then it goes to the dump (after an appropriate memorial service). It’s a good machine and I’d rather see somebody get some use out of it.