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If you have found the material on this site or any correspondence helpful you are welcome to show your appreciation by making a donation to help further this hobby. I am always searching for reference materials and other items that tell the Gilson Snowblower story to make this site more informative and interesting. Without your support I cannot purchase these resources to preserve and share.

If you live in or near Southern Maine and have a Gilson you're ready to part with don't scrap it, contact me instead! I do pay cash depending on condition, completeness and how it fits into my collection. This being a hobby my budget is limited but I can offer your machine a good permanent home. Donors of free machines are listed on my "Friends of the Gilson Snowblower Shop" page. I do not resell machines. Dealers welcome. My collection is limited to Gilsons and machines Gilson built under the many brand names shown here.

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MY SNOWBLOWER COLLECTION

Yes that's right I collect snowblowers! It all started in the seventies when I worked at a local hardware store. Among my duties was setting up and servicing snowblowers. These weren't just any snowblowers, they were GILSON's, nice sturdy machines built in Plymouth, Wisconsin. As time went on I changed jobs and eventually found myself with a driveway to clear. There was an older Gilson at my folks house that was not being used, I acquired it and put it back to work. Years of in town use including curbstones and road salt left it in pretty sorry shape. After two years, in 1989 I tore it down completely and refurbished it. It has seen service every winter since.

It wasn't long after that I came across another model in the "graveyard" of a local equipment dealer. I acquired the machine and got it into tip top shape. It's a 1971 (37 years old!) and being my favorite is my most frequent choice. From there the hobby grew. Over the years I have taken in over 90 Gilson built snowblowers (Dec 2013). Of these, 18 are working front line machines, as seen in my gallery The Gilsonian Institute. Dozens are operable or at least candidates for restoration and some that came to me beyond salvage have been parted down to support the collection. There are still many models that I'd like to acquire.

Along the way I also became interested in Web-site creation with my Family Camping Site an early project. That project had pretty much run it's course as the Gilson's began to fill the garage and I soon found myself sharing this new hobby with the world. Through the Internet I began sharing information that I thought owners would find helpful. The sale of an occasional surplus used part allowed me to invest in archival materials as former dealers cleaned house. Things snow-balled (no pun intended!) and as critical parts became discontinued I began applying my engineering skills to bring some items into small scale production. In addition to what I now offer for parts I have a number of new items in the pipeline and I am always monitoring common wear items for availability. I continue to acquire and refurbish machines. I hesitate to use the term restore since mine is a working collection.

One of the most gratifying aspects it the discovery of the heirloom Gilson. An amazing number of machines that belonged to a father, grandfather or spouse are being kept in service in loving tribute. It's especially rewarding to help these owners. It's a pleasure to work with Gilson owners here in the United States, Canada and all across Europe. I have found that Gilson exported many more units than the records suggest. I can tell who is having a rough winter just by watching my inbox!

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One of the interesting things about Gilson is that they were a brand name in and of themselves, but they also did a tremendous amount of private brand work. The features of the private brands typically lagged the Gilson machines by a year or so, giving the Gilson dealers some advantage. Some of the brands built by Gilson included; LAWN-BOY, Montgomery Ward / Garden Mark, plymouth (after their home town of Plymouth Wisconsin), Senator, WIZARD sold by Western Auto stores, Mor.power and Mastercraft both sold by Canadian Tire Corporation, BEAVER sold by Beaver Lumber of Canada, TECO sold by Eaton's Department Stores (Thomas Eaton Company) of Canada, BRENTWOOD , MARSHALL-WELLS , ARTISAN, FORD, TOYOTA. and New Holland. See them all here.

I am still looking to pick add PLYMOUTH, Mor.power, ARTISAN, BRENTWOOD, MARSHALL-WELLS and NEW HOLLAND machines. I can't help but believe that there are other Gilson built brands that I've yet to identify, if you have such a machine be sure to Report a Gilson Sighting.

Gilson snowblowers are commonly found in the United States, Canada and the Scandinavian countries. Many Gilson snowblowers are assuming the role of family heirloom as I frequently hear from third generation users seeking to keep machines from parents or grand parents in operation. I still have my dad's Gilson in service.

In 1988 Gilson was acquired by LAWN-BOY. In 1989 LAWN-BOY was acquired by TORO. Currently LawnBoy is handling the GILSON parts and archives. The LawnBoy dealer network is your source for OEM parts. See my FAQ for more info on locating parts. This site is dedicated to providing the resources needed to keep these machines working. You will find resources pertaining to parts and service procedues along with historical information.

PRIVACY STATEMENT
  • I do not sell or otherwise distribute e-mail addresses. I'm not that entrepreneurial and I don't want the hassles any more than you do.
  • On occasion I do encounter owners of machines that may be able to help each other directly with common problems, this is usually with non Gilson units. Before releasing contact information I always get mutual permission before releasing e-mail addresses.
  • Any credits shown on this site for images or machines will be limited to first name and state or province. Upon request I will withhold this information as well.

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