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April 24, 2023: Added Seal and Rivet Replacement Kit #89448 (742696) for compact hoizontal shaft tillers. Find it here.

March 28, 2023: Added the ball & socket auger bearings used on pre 1974 Gear Drive models, parts 10414 & 10415. These used parts were previously only available on request. See them here.

January 23, 2023: A Model 55371 5 speed 32 inch late model Gear Drive joined the working collection. See it here.

January 23, 2023: Added head the 218404 Idler Cable Assembly for 5 Speed Friction Drive Snowblowers . Find them here.

September 22, 2022: Added support for the "S", "C", and "Box frame" Series Tractor, 40 inch Tiller Attachments. Find it here.

July 28, 2022: Added head gaskets for B&S 5, 7, & 8 HP engines. Find them here.

May 30, 2022: Created a page to help identify MTD clones of Gilson Tillers. View it here.

May 26, 2022: Created and published our first Gilson related YouTube video. It explains the function and installation of tiller tine shaft felt seals. View it here.

May 24, 2022: Added the 1001 tiller tine shafts used in most oil bath front tine tiller worm drives. This part was discontinued as a factory item last year, just as many units are seeing enough wear to warrant replacement. Find them here.

May 10, 2022: Added 208174 input shaft bearings and 208176 shaft seals used in chaincases of some chain drive and rear tine tillers. Find them here.

April 2, 2022: Added spring 10452. Steady demand depleted used parts, so new springs were produced to cover the demand from now on. Find them here.

April 2, 2022: Added spring 11707 as a new part. Steady demand depleted used parts, so new springs were produced to cover the demand from now on. Find them here.

February 16, 2022: Added the first wave of aftermarket tiller belts. Find them here.

January 9, 2022: Added the 70816 woodruff keys for 1" bore worm wheels to the line. Find them here and here.

January 7, 2022: Added the 35137, 7/8" collector bearings to the line. Find them here

December 23, 2021: Added a Sustainability Statement. Read it here

December 2, 2021: More than half of the genuine Gilson snowblower drive belts have been discontinued. With the pendulum swinging toward aftermarket belts, a full line of aftermarket belts have been added. When genuine belts remain available, ordering links for those are also provided. Find them here

October 27, 2021: Added the #207070 two terminal keyswitch used on Snow Cannons and Late model 5 Speed Gear Drive models. Find them here

October 21, 2021: Added Magnetron ignition modules and supporting information. Find them here

September 20, 2021: Added a published phone contact number and a Contact topic.

September 18, 2021: Added the recoil clutch common to nearly all applicable B&S engine models. It's listed as part numbers 399671, 298310, and 394558, find it here

August 19, 2021: Added tiller felt seal #9501. This felt seal is widely used on rear tine, and chain drive models. Find them here

August 5, 2021: Added tiller felt seal washer #33590. These are sandwiched between tine shaft felt seals on rear tine models. Find them here

May 25, 2021: Added tiller felt seal #9627, this part has been off market for many years. Also added tiller felt seals #33591 and #33592 to the lineup. This will let owners get what they need in a single order and save on shipping. These 3 felt seals are widely used on compact and rear tine models. Find them here

April 15, 2021: Added custom length throttle cables.

April 11, 2021: Added tiller seal sets 18821 C & D

April 5, 2021: Added coverage for tiller tines.

April 4, 2021: Added documents and parts for Gilson Power-Bolt log splitters.

March 27, 2021: Added the 2555 shift knobs. These are found on select single speed snowblowers and tillers with the flat front console handle.

March 27, 2021: Added more mufflers.

February 4, 2021: Added models 55133 and 55367 to the Gilsonian Institute page. This brings the number of Gilson walk behind units in the working collection up to 19.

January 15, 2021: Added recoil starter parts including; Grips, Cords and Recoil Spring # 294303.

May 28, 2020: Added tiller felt seal # #1058. This seal was used on older models and was discontinued before the LawnBoy acquisition. It had been off market since the mid 1980s or longer. Thanks to several helpful machine owners who provided measurements of old seals and machine features. I was able to confirm it all when I found a pair of NOS seals in a lot of parts.

May 13, 2020: Added liner bearings for tiller idler roller #12438.

May 7, 2020: Added idler roller #33632 used in Snow Cannons and Rear Tine Tillers.

May 3, 2020: Added liner bearings for tiller idler roller #1992.

May 3, 2020:Added liner bearings for tiller idler roller #6681.

April 8, 2020: Added the input bearing for oil bath tiller worm drives used on higher horsepower models, #6226.

February 12, 2020: Added the input bushing for the die cast alumium oil bath worm drives, #2283.

February 10, 2020: Added 10397 worm gears for oil bath worm drives at this link. They rarely fail in use but if moisture gets into the case they can develop scaley rust and pits.

January 12, 2020: Added a long term replacement for the 16002 control knob. The supply of good genuine used knobs is getting thin.

May 5, 2019: The Gilson Tiller page got a make-over. A parts menu section similar to the Snowblower page was added and some content rearranged.

April 28, 2019: Added the domain name to the tillers page.

March 16, 2019: Revised the Gilson Patent information feature. Now patents are linked directly for easy browsing.

March 15, 2019: Added by popular demand, impeller PowerVane kits. for 3, 5 and 6 vane machines

March 2, 2019: Streamlined the process of requesting machine documentation for snowblowers and tillers. Now an owner can immediately order documentation and do so together with other part purchases. This saves everyone time, email and transactions.

February 17, 2019: The Report a Gilson Sighting page has been restored and updated. It had been down since my former ISP disconinued page hosting and this took a while to reconfigure. The next step will be to make it tiller friendly.

October 27, 2018: Added the UniTrol Friction Wheel Hub Bearing #11081. UniTrols were built from 1969 - 1979. Owners doing thorough overhauls have been asking for this bearing. Find it here.

October 20, 2018: Added Gilson tiller worm wheel # 33473 here.

April 13, 2018: An exclusive aftermarket replacement for Gilson tiller worm wheel #1004 has been added. LawnBoy / Toro discontinued this gear a few years ago and has been offering a narrow width alternative. Many owners have found the cost of this gear prohibitive and are not keen on the reduced tooth contact area. This replacement gear is full width and has a more affordable price. Find it here.

January 16, 2018: Added a kit to replace bushing #33471 used in grease packed worm drives here.

April 30, 2017: Added digitized illustrated parts lists for Gilson Tillers here.

April 26, 2017: The Previously discontinued Worm Gear Spacer #6824 has been added to Snowblower and Tiller part offerings. Find them here and here.

March 27, 2017: The classic Orange Gilson Tee Shirt is back! Find them here.

March 19, 2017: Internal parts for the die cast aluminum grease packed gearcases have been added. There are still some gaps but this revives many numbers LawnBoy/Toro has dropped in recent years. These gear cases are commonly found in 5 HP, speed single speed, 2 stage machines from the late 1970's. Find them here.

March 11, 2017: Gilson Snowblower Shop Service Bulletin #10 was published. The bulletin lists the no-load governor settings for most Briggs and Stratton engines used on Gilson snowblowers.

March 5, 2017: This news page went live.

March 3, 2017: A number of Gilson worm wheels used in snowblowers and rotary-tillers have been discontinued over the years and others seem to be at exit pricing levels. We have worked with a former OEM supplier to acquire an inventory of gears. The 18116 worm wheel used in the grease packed snowblower worm drives and is now available as a Gilson Snowblower Shop part and is considerably more affordable than it had been. The larger snowblower oil bath worm wheel 10398 has been discontinued and I have been offering them as used gears on request. They are now offered directly on the parts page.

On a related note the entry into worm gears also includes bringing back to the market 3 rotary tiller worm gears. These include numbers 1299, 1626 and 36009. The worm wheels also got indexed to model numbers to help owners locate what they need.

February 26, 2017: The parts page was very text based and it was difficult to add parts such that owners could find what they needed. For some time there had been a visual index that let readers browse by picture but it was not tied together well. In this update part names and images came together and existing categorical organization was taken from list to graphic representation. Where replacements look different than the original parts the page shows the original to help spot what you have.

February 20, 2017: The original checkerboard layout of The Gilson Snowblower Shop's home page had outgrown it's original concept. We have found many ways to share the story and organization was desperately needed. With some goading from a daughter studying graphic arts/ website design it was time for a re-spin. The new page attempts to group the back pages around specific themes for easy browsing.

February 18, 2017: The Friction Wheel Hex Shaft Bearing for the 5 speed friction drive models became available. LawnBoy/Toro discontinued this part about 5 years ago and requests have been frequent. We were able to partner with a major sintered bearing supplier for the blanks and one of our job shop machine shops customized them to match the originals. We followed Gilson's lead, consolidating what were 2 parts in early models to a common part.

December 2016: The axle bearings for the 5 speed friction drive models went on market. LawnBoy discontinued these parts several years ago and requests were frequent enough that we came up with replacements. The originals were sintered iron in construction and were prone to wear and fracture. The replacements are turned from steel rod, zinc plated and lined with the same material used in the UniTrol axle bearings since 2009. There are versions for the 3/4" and 7/8" axle models.

November 30, 2015: The 100th Gilson walk behind snowblower came home with me. It was a 55358 donated by Mike of Somersworth, New Hampshire.

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