Did most of the cleanup (sidewalk, edges of driveway) from last storm with a newer Husqvarna 7hp/24" two stage snowblower. The ones with deadman controls that have to be held down to engage the auger and drive. After a while they start hurting your hands.
Dragged out a 1971 Ariens 6hp/24" I've been meaning to get to. Lapped the valves, set lash, cleaned carb, fired right up.
The label on the handle says it all: "to stop wheel drive SQUEEZE handle". What a pleasure it is to use, doesn't throw as far as the Husky but hands not hurting from the safety squad is priceless. Under full load in a snowbank there's a nice 2" blue flame coming out where the muffler should be
Amazingly the electric starter still works after all these years!