Anyone familiar with the 2 cycle snowblowers is aware they have height
adjusting metal skids or feet on each side of the auger housing(at least
my Craftsman does). Those feet eventually grind down and need replacing
every so often, depending on use, of course. I was thinking of making
new skids out of a tougher material but unsure of what that material
could be. It would obviously need to withstand the grinding of the
concrete much longer than the metal.
The metal skid is simply a flat stock bent to a 90 degree and slightly
arced where it makes contact with the ground. When it grinds away, I'm
left with a piece of sharp metal sticking straight down and gouging into
the cement, making it very difficult to push the blower as well as
ruining the concrete. If I used a solid piece of, let's say, acrylic, it
may grind down, but it'll remain whole and allow me to still push the
blower, until it bottoms out on the scraper bar.
What material could be used to make new skids?
I don't know that I've ever seen a single stage thrower with skid shoes. I
thought the purpose of the skid shoes is to keep the scraper bar of a two
stage blower off the ground so that it didn't catch grooves, cracks etc. A
single stage unit gets it's drive from the rubber flappers on the auger so
it has to be closer to the ground.
Interesting. I went from a couple of beat up "throwers" over the years to a
two-stage unit three seasons ago. None of my throwers had shoes. They were
all hand me downs that I barely kept alive until the next not-as-bad one
My Ariens SnoTek 24" isn't the highest end machine, but it clears snow
pretty well. Love that rooster tail!
On Wed, 8 Jan 2014 03:23:00 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I differentiate between throwers and blowers - blowers are wheel
drive or track drive machines with steel augers. single stage blowers
fling the augers real fast while 2 stage chew with the augers and blow
with a fan.
Throwers have flexible augers that rotate forward at high speed and
(can) scrape the snow to bare pavement with no damage. They have
wheels. Power shovels are scaled down throwers with no wheels
That's MY differentiation. Blowers have shoes - single stage or dual
stage. Throwers generally do not and power shovels do not.
The single stage blowers I had were 5HP and up 4 stroke behemoths.
Likely 45 - 50 years old now.
You want to see a rooster tail you gotta see a Yamaha YT624 at work.
That sucker blows snow a good 40 feet. And with the hydro drive you
can run wide open all the time with total control over drive speed.
On Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:37:28 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
The owner/writer of that page called them 3 stage. (AMF,Jari,
Lommbard and MotoMower Snow Shark) Doesn't mean they were sold as
such. And while you are looking at that page, did you notice all the
big old single stage blowers?? I remember those blowers being sold as
"drift busters" and the "drift buster" was an option on some.
I remember a lot of those machines as new or relatively new.
On the other hand, Cub Cadet DOES build a 3 stage blower - gather,
break up, and blow. See
Not sure why they call this one a 3 stage
Not like this one -
which is a standard dynamark with the optional drift buster - and
notice the rollers instead of sliding shoes.
In investigating farther, it appears they WERER sold as 3 stage - at
least the dynamark in the USA -
Perhaps you weren't reading the same part of the site that I was. In the
section entitled AMF, there is a picture of the machine I linked to
earlier. The text says "On the right is a 6 horsepower 26-inch machine that
is a prime example of what was sold as a 3-stage machine mainly in the
1970s. The shaft of skewed disks churned high banks down for the main auger
to digest. "
...interesting links snipped,,,
My snow blower has a couple plastic wheels.
It's a 3 HP or so, Toro single stage with
gas mixer engine. Some how, I can run it
on rock driveway without throwing too much
gravel and rock. Helps when the ground is
frozen, and I lean down a bit on the handle
so the spinner is up an inch or so.
Consider a pair of composite skid shoes. They don't rust, they don't mar
concrete surfaces, they supposedly glide easier and they are reversible so
you can flip them over when they wear. I don't have any experience with
them, but it is my understanding that they last longer than metal skid
I plan to either buy a pair do composites when I need them, or I might do
what is described below...
I've also heard of people making their own from HDPE cutting boards. They
screw two pieces together to get the correct thickness. They also make them
reversible like the composite ones that you can buy.
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