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As mentioned above the ones with a "Round back" made after 1969 are generally more efficient and throw snow farther.

These work great as well but you'll definitely have to repaint as snow wont move well in rust.

Looks to be mid 60's judging by the pics either 32'' or 36''
 

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Also just noticed the mounting bracket looks ripped off on one side.

They are a dime a dozen here and normally I'd pass on something this beat up but being its overseas it may be different for you.

Will need some TLC for sure
 

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Like that others have said, the round back caster is considered to be a better one, but if you are looking for a 'period correct' attachment for the earlier tube frames it would still do an adequate job for you should you actually need to use it
 

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It's a Catch 22 situation. Bolens implements, especially a snow blower, are difficult to find in any condition. There!s a fair bit of interest amongst the UK Bolens fraternity already.

Very tempting buy.
 

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I have one just like it and it worked fine this winter. Had to make the chute adjusting rod, connecting joint and bracket. The right mounting bracket needs straightening. A good cleaning and repaint the chute area especially and it should make you a good unit. Those guys out East that say they are a dime a dozen are living in their own world.
 

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Well said.

A lot of folks see their own little piece of the world and think that it's the same everywhere.
Thats why I said:

They are a dime a dozen here and normally I'd pass on something this beat up but being its overseas it may be different for you.
 

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I have one just like it and it worked fine this winter. Had to make the chute adjusting rod, connecting joint and bracket. The right mounting bracket needs straightening. A good cleaning and repaint the chute area especially and it should make you a good unit. Those guys out East that say they are a dime a dozen are living in their own world.
Yup they work fine , my first snow removal unit was a Bolens H16 with the blade or when it got to high or narrowed down to much I'd switch to the blower that was purchased new with it in 1973 by my Father in Law and it's the square back model, it literally has casted tons of snow at both our places before I retired it when I discovered Large Frames, couple years ago I found a round back and was surprised at the difference. Not disparaging the square back just pointing out my experiences with both and if given a choice for moving snow, which one I'd use.
 

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Andrew: To be period correct for your 1963 model 800 tractor, the snow blower would have been painted gold.

Looking at the 1963 Bolens brochure, it appears only the 32" Sno-caster was offered then. ....The 36" Sno-caster would be from a later year.

In addition to the missing items listed by WrenchinOnIt, the universal joint to attach to the tractor PTO is also missing. It would be the same as the one used with the rotary mower deck.

There is a parts list in the manuals forum under "Bolens Tube Frame Parts Catalogs." ....It is labeled as "Bolens 32" and 36" Sno-caster Parts List."

(One day I'll learn how to post a link from this tablet.)
 

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Thanks for the input from you guys; much appreciated as always. I have now learnt that there are two styles, so another one to add to my growing collection at some point.......

As I say there's a fair amount of interest in this; I know of 3 others (and one of them lives in that county) who are keen to grab this. Watch this space,
 
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