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Posted September 30, 2012 - 09:42 AM

When I bought my '72 Homelite T15 (cross-breed between a Simplicity 3415H and an Allis 415) a few years ago, I fixed up the tiller, mower deck, and plow that came with it that winter. I didn't bother with the snowblower because I use the 37a on my JD 212. I am selling the 212, and since I prefer using a blower to a plow, I need to get it ready.

Here's the package when it got home:
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The snowblower is a 42" single stage, # 1690166, which is the same as the Simplicity # 990745, or the Allis # 1690032. They used this model from the late '60's thru the mid-'70's, I think.

Here's the blower when I first got it. All the parts were there, it worked, :dancingbanana: and it threw snow a whole whopping 5 feet. :(
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I drug it up to the garage last week and tore it apart. I damaged one bearing removing it off the auger shaft, and both of the bearing flanges got bent up. For anyone looking, the bearing # was 173934. That is still a good # through Simplicity, or use 2173934. Or straight thru Timken/Fafnir the number is RA100. The flanges (surround the bearing and are greaseable) are available through Simplicity and are # 2172278A, and 2172279A.

Everything else came apart nicely.

I wire-wheeled and sanded everything down, and primed and painted. No major patching or rust fixing necessary, just a bit of welding on the chute, and the bottom corner where the skid pads mounts.

I am replacing the pulley that takes the belt coming from the tractor. It was fine, but I think the blower would be fine running a few more rpm's. So the 7 inch pulley is getting swapped out for a 6".
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I can also replace the gear sprocket on the end of the auger shaft if I feel it needs to go even faster, but we'll start with the pulley and go from there.

The paint on the auger is still a little soft, taking a break. Here's where we're at now.
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Posted September 30, 2012 - 10:36 AM

Looks good. Those are a nice tractor and you don't see many of them. Be sure to post some more pics when you get it all back together.

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 10:46 AM

Nice addition there! I like the dark color on the back of the blower, easier to see in the snow.

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Posted September 30, 2012 - 10:55 AM

The color scheme I'm painting it is a little closer to how a Homelite blower would of been painted from the factory.
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 04:49 PM

Final assembly is done, one more week in the garage. Then I'll do the wax, and put 'er in the shed until the snow flies.
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Posted December 03, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Finally got the rear tires loaded on the T15 today. The right one had a slow leak that I wanted cured before I filled with fluid. Ended up having to use JB weld to fill in some major pitting. So I stuffed 7 gallons of WWF in each rear, got the weight box on the back, and hooked the blower up and tested it out on pine needles. Of course I hooked the belt over the pulley the wrong way first. The paddle on the blower doesn't make much of a brush, I'm afraid.

Here she is, ready for some snow:
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Posted December 09, 2012 - 03:59 PM

We finally got enough snow to try it out. 7 or 8 inches so far, very wet and heavy. Very good conditions to try the blower out, kind of a worst case scenario. Very happy with the results:
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The blower threw the snow about 10-15 feet. Wind was not too much of a factor, it was mostly too wet for that. I did tip the spout down quite a bit to prevent getting a face-full in the couple of areas where the wind could get at me. In one spot where the wind was blowing straight thru, I did tip the spout all the way up, and got about 20 feet when I took half a pass in that spot. Guesstimate that it will blow snow about 20-25 feet in colder conditions. Hopefully a bit more. My main driveway is 44 feet wide, so hopefully the blowing of the same snow twice will be kept to a minimum. Oops, time for another pic.

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The blower worked well mechanically. The new bearings kept her quiet and smooth. Only plugged once, and that was belt/tension spring/pulley failure.
The little one on the left fell out:

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Well, that chewed the belt a bit. When I got the spring re-attached, the belt broke. So, grab the new spare and away we go again.

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Posted December 09, 2012 - 07:20 PM

Two observations today.

1. The 42" blower on this works better than the 37a blower (1977 JD 212) that I used previously. Both blowers had speed-up parts installed. (pulley on this, sprocket on the 37a) Both have rubber flaps on the auger paddles. The Homelite has 16 ponies vs. the JD's 12, but it has 5" more blower width to work on, also.

2. I have the best neighbors. Around 3 this afternoon I was out playing with the kids. Neighbors across the road start shoveling their drive. So I investigate, neighbor's plow on his 4 wheeler has some broken welds. I offer to take a look. Seems to be something I can beef up and weld. I go to get the Homelite out again to do their drive, he brings the plow over. And this:
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Just a practically new hose reel that has about 25 feet of 1/2", 3500 psi hydraulic hose on it. The hydraulic hose I can use on the Jacobsen. The reel will get switched over to air hose duty. I protested about getting a reel with hose on it in exchange for a wee bit of metal and some welding. He reminded me that I've blown out their drive more than once or twice. He was rather persistent, and called me names when I protested too much.

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Posted December 10, 2012 - 06:34 PM

Pictures from late this morning after cleaning up after Snowapalooza 2012:
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While there are no true victors in a war, this battle was won by the Homelite. But, there were causalities. I have a headlight out, and a rock took out one of my rubber flap paddle extensions.
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Posted December 11, 2012 - 12:02 AM

You need a cab next, then a heater. Good Luck

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Posted December 11, 2012 - 12:51 AM

It was a balmy 10 degrees and not a hint of wind to be found. Darn near didn't need a jacket.. :rolling:

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Posted December 11, 2012 - 04:54 AM

Glad to hear the Homelite won the battle. Awesome pics, but you can keep the white stuff up there!
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