40 Year old mower still going strong

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by dmh22, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. dmh22

    dmh22 LawnSite Member
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    My grandfathers shed is somewhat of a time capsule. Now that he has passed away, I maintain his property and it is easier for me to use his old Snapper mower than drag mine over to his house everytime I want to mow. I knew his mower was old but until yesterday I didnt know how old. All I knew was that it starts on the first pull every time and only seems to thrive on neglect. Yesterday while rummaging through his shed looking for an air pump, I found the original Snapper brochure. In 1973 my grandfather purchased the Snapper for just under $580. He still has the original grass catcher and everything works just the way it should.

  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you have more pictures. :waving:
  3. dmh22

    dmh22 LawnSite Member
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    Here is a picture that was taken just a few months ago. The colors arent quite as vibrant as they once were. My son love it though.

  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Those snapper rear engine rider's are some of the best mower's there are. Not much has changed on those thing's. I'm not surprised to see that machine.
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Snapper got it right with that mower.
  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey dmh22 Now I see that mower Served your grandfather well.:waving:
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Solid frames and bullet proof Briggs, back when they cared about quality. More than a few LCO's got their start on those. A few guys still use them for older city properties that have those infernal 30" gates that give you no option other than a push mower. That's great you can still share memories of your grandpa. I feel the same when I visit my dad and use his old tools in the garage I grew up in.
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  8. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
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    Awesome! There is absolutely nothing like hanging out in an old shed/barn/or garage.... just looking at things and investigating while the rain patters off the roof... They really are time capsules..
  9. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    love the catalog picture idea from snapper. "Even a woman can drive this machine" lol. the 1970s. But nice mower, btw, forrest gump used one to mow that football field! :waving:
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  10. dmh22

    dmh22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Here's the money shot. I love that '70's styling. It is cool to look through the things that my grandfather thought were worth keeping. To find the broken household items and half started projects amongst the coffee cans filled with nails and clothes pins is a glimpse into his little world. Its also neat to see the notes that he made to himself. Over 50 years in the same house will really allow someone to accumulate a lot of stuff. I hope that someday my son will look through my junk and be nostalgic about it.


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