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Old 09-21-2012, 10:12 PM   post #1 of 7
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Default Gilson Brothers Snowblower info needed

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place. If any of the moderators feel the need to move it, please do so. I put it here cause I was sure there were at least a couple guys that had some good Gilson knowledge. My uncle took down some numbers on a Gilson Brothers snow blower that's been sitting around for a while. He said that it will start but when he hits the snow with the augers, it immediately dies. He tried finding a manual online for it, but there isn't one to be found. The tag says it was made in Plymouth Wisconsin. Gilson Brothers Snow Blower #ST 422 Model #55342 48080 Serial#420261 191. He thinks it's a 1974 from what he found on the internet. Any ideas on why it would stop when it hits the snow or where I could find a manual on it would be appreciated.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:42 AM   post #2 of 7
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Default Re: Gilson Brothers Snowblower info needed

Sounds like a carbureation issue or air leak of some kind. It's losing power and stalling probably due to it. Is this a 2 or 4 cycle piece? Either way, I'd start at the carb.
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Sounds like a carbureation issue or air leak of some kind. It's losing power and stalling probably due to it. Is this a 2 or 4 cycle piece? Either way, I'd start at the carb.
I was thinking the same thing. I haven't got to see the blower yet, so I'm not sure if it's 2 or 4 cycle. I had a similar thing with my Toro S200 that was carb related. I excited to see it, but have heard that it is a monster of a snow blower, and I am very limited on room right now. Good thing is that he wants to get it going so he can plow his driveway. I'm hoping a good carb cleaning and possible rebuild and it will be back at his place in no time.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:39 PM   post #4 of 7
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Default Re: Gilson Brothers Snowblower info needed

LB2TN,
I'm going to slide this over to the snowblower forum where there may be a wider knowledge base -- if nobody responds right away, bear in mind as it gets colder more people will be active in that forum..

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:48 PM   post #5 of 7
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Check up on the www.yahoogroups.com area for the Gilson Collectors. There is also a Gilson Snowblower group up there. They both have very knowledgeable members and their files may have what you're looking for.

Yup, same as the others, sounds like an adjustment needs abit more tweeking, or maybe a carb cleanout.
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Thanks engine2quarters! I joined the group and posted my questions. I appreciate you aiming me in their direction.
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I'll be going up there soon, myself. Some one dropped a Gilson Uni-drive 20 inch blower on me. No name, so looks like it's mine. Turns over by hand, but electrical wiring is all disconnected. Think it's just the safety system, but I want it back in.
Hope you find some answers. Poke around the file section. You'll find some 'good' stuff, like a wiring diagram for a Snapper rear engined mower. Got a couple of them, too.
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