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
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.
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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