Snow Blowers - A Blast From the Past

Old Snow Blowers – A Blast From The Past!

Posted January 19, 2015 by 10 Comments

Ah, the good ol’ days of snow blowing. Just you, your machine, and the snow.

Snow blowers first hit the marketplace for homeowners to buy in the 1950s. And every winter since, more and more people are throwing down their shovels and welcoming a new snow blower to the family.

But as time continues to fly, let’s stop and take a look back at some Snow Blowers of the Past!

Toro Snow Hound (Mid 1960s)

Toro was the first company to release a consumer walk behind snow blower, the Snow Hound, in 1952. The Snow Hound models ranged between 17″ – 25″ wide.

Ariens Sno-Thro (1971)


Ariens Sno-Thro snow blowers were introduced in 1960 and have grown into one of the most popular brands of snow blowers today. Ariens celebrated the production of the 2 millionth Sno-Thro machine in 2005.

Honda HS55 & HS70 (1984-1987)


1980 marked the beginning of Honda’s entrance into the snow blower industry. Honda produces around 50,000 snow blowers in Japan and the U.S. per year (source: Honda Worldwide). They’re track drive system is well known for excellent traction on hard-packed snow and ice.

Simplicity 870S (1991)


In 1962, Simplicity joined the snow blowing craze with their Sno-Away model. Now they offer a full line of single stage and two stage units.

Here at Jack’s, we’re proud to help several of these snow blower brands carry out their quest to give any homeowner the snow-fighting power to make it through any winter, big or small.

See our selection of New Snow Blowers at »


  1. Donald sandt
    on October 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I have an old Montgomery ward from the 60,s 7.5 horsepower and it still blows good

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  2. Nathan Efwards
    on October 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I have that exact Ariens snowblower that I still use as a back up when my Sears craftsman breaks down. I installed a new Brigs Snow engine on it a few years ago that I purchased from jacks small engines. It’s a workhorse of a snowblower still! Have to be careful though because it doesn’t have all the safety’s that newer blowers have!

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  3. Paul
    on October 21, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I’ve got an old Ariens Snow-Thro (mid ’60’s) and it’s still going strong. Needed to put a new muffler on the Tecumseh Snow King engine but other new skids it’s in its original. A bit outdated with it’s “live-man” controls but it does the job. Looking at a new Ariens but after all these years it’s going to be hard to part with my good old Snow-Thro.

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  4. lou tucker
    on October 21, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I have an old Gilson . Its a 8 hp, 3 speed that’s been sitting in the garage for while now. Needs a good going thru, but was running when I put it in there.Hope to put it back in service with in the year.

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  5. Ken Hansen
    on October 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    When I saw an email from Jack’s I thought it was to tell me my parts were on the way. Then I see the picture of the Ariens and think that’s the one I ordered parts for what is the chance. Also a a couple that are even older with the round chutes that I use for back-up.

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  6. David Emond
    on October 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    The Toro powrr handle you show was very poor in New England with our wet heavy snow as it was only single stage.
    My dad bought an Aries snow thrower around 1963 to 1965?. It was the first “2 stage” machine in the nehiborhood. It had rounded Shute and a 6hp winterized Techumsa engine. As. Teenager I moved a lot of snow with it and made a lot of money! The area had a lot of retired people hot to get a young person to make the snow go away! I just sent the 50+year old machine to the scrap heap very reluctintly. It was like a member of the family!!?

    I was in the power equipment repair business for many years after High School and taught small engine repair to an adult Ed class for many years after that. David in Jamestown RI.

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  7. Jack Neil
    on November 5, 2015 at 6:34 am

    really liked A Blast From the Past.
    Come a long ways with snow throwers of today.

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  8. Jack Neil
    on November 5, 2015 at 6:35 am

    really liked your Blast From the Past. Come a long ways with snow throwers of today

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