You guys (and/or gals) are the bomb. Bringing new ideas or simply ones I
haven't thought of to the table is why this place is great.
All your experiences and expertise are appreciated.
I like all suggestions and will look into them. Overall, I like the idea
of something that rolls, but anything to improve the situation is better
than what it is now.
One thought which came to my mind was Oren's suggestion of a round metal
stock. Not exactly sure what he is implying but I vision a round disc,
so to speak, attached to the auger sides in the elongated grooves to
allow proper height adjustment and then rolls along on the ground.
I put a set of the rollers shown in the link above on my Cub Cadet 2
stage last year.
Two observations...they work well and don't have to be adjusted
freqently like the old guides. I was worried about durability but
they have held up so far.
But because the wheels are fairly wide, they will climb up any packed
down snow (like from car tires) rather than cut through it like the
narrow steel guides will. So it doesn't clear those areas quite as
well. Probably work pretty well on gravel though....
I try to clear the drive before driving on the snow, but that's often
On balance, I like the wheels better than the stock guides.
A craftsman blower I had many years ago had big (maybe 3" diameter)
but thin steel wheels as guides. they were the best...didn't wear
down fast but cut through packed down snow. If the plastic wheels
ever break I may jury-rig a set of thin steel wheels.
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The skids on my 1964 Airens SnoThro (2 stage 4 cylinder) were getting
pretty thin about 15 years ago so I welded a couple of strips of 1/4"
thick steel stock (about 4" long by 1.5"wide) to them and there's still
They sure knew how to build them back then, those skids, a couple of
spark plugs and a rubber shift/clutch disk are the only things I've had
to replace in all those years. I fired it up last weekend (120v electric
starter) and it worked as well as ever.
Though, I refer to mine as "The widow maker" as it hasn't got a single
safety feature on it. If you slip and fall and lose hold of the handles
it just keeps moving on, and you'd better get up pretty quick in case it
decides to turn around and head back down my sloping driveway toward
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