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#1 jrfiero OFFLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2016 - 05:05 PM

My 42" snowblower works pretty well, but I have the skids all the way down so I won't throw too much gravel into the woods, lawn, elsewhere.

But when I get to the paved, unplowed road it leaves too much snow, which doesn't melt very well.

 

I've been thinking of some type of adjuster, not the three bolts that hold each skid on, but levers, or slip-on/off risers so I can switch back and forth gloved and without tools.

 

Anyone have something similar, or have thoughts?

 

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Posted February 08, 2016 - 05:18 PM

Some of the wheel horse blowers had little roller wheels. I don't think they worked well, but they were on an adjusting arm.
Maybe that would give you an idea.
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Posted February 08, 2016 - 05:21 PM

Like this

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Posted February 08, 2016 - 05:31 PM

Just some large wing nuts should work.
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Posted February 08, 2016 - 05:45 PM

What about steeling the wheel height adjusters from a worn out lawn mower? Just move the lever to adjust the height. Use wheels or skids. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 08, 2016 - 06:26 PM

Can you post a close up pic of the current set up?

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Posted February 08, 2016 - 06:30 PM

Welcome to GTtalk Jonas! Good luck on your input too.

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Posted February 08, 2016 - 06:57 PM

I have been thinking about this for a while. But I want to do it using hydraulics. I want to use two cylinders attached to two skids/shoes so I can raise and lower the blower for gravel or hard top. I have not figured it all out yet, but some day. I have wondered why some of the commercial snow removal companies don't have this all ready, and maybe they do. Just my thoughts.
Any way, not much help to you.

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Edited by propane1, February 08, 2016 - 07:07 PM.


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Posted February 09, 2016 - 02:23 AM

Hydraulic lift is a very good idea you have

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Posted February 09, 2016 - 09:33 AM

A lot of guys take a piece of 2" PVC pipe, cut long ways and slip over bottom of the blade for gravel. I hear it works great from pushing too much gravel, but not sure if it would work on cement/pavement.

Maybe make one that slides on/off pretty easy?


Edited by TAHOE, February 09, 2016 - 09:34 AM.

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Posted February 09, 2016 - 10:33 PM

On large scale snow throwers such as runway type models I have seen hydraulic actuated shoes. Seems like overkill for a driveway but that's the beauty of knowledge tools and unlimited cash flow, overkill becomes simply necessary. Good luck and don't over engineer to much, the future maintenance will give you more headache than the problem you solve.

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Posted February 10, 2016 - 09:06 AM

What about steeling the wheel height adjusters from a worn out lawn mower? Just move the lever to adjust the height. Use wheels or skids. Good Luck, Rick


I second this opinion. Makes sense and is easily adjustable...
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Posted February 10, 2016 - 04:08 PM

My 42" snowblower works pretty well, but I have the skids all the way down so I won't throw too much gravel into the woods, lawn, elsewhere.

But when I get to the paved, unplowed road it leaves too much snow, which doesn't melt very well.

 

I've been thinking of some type of adjuster, not the three bolts that hold each skid on, but levers, or slip-on/off risers so I can switch back and forth gloved and without tools.

 

Anyone have something similar, or have thoughts?

 

 

Craftsman G5500

42" Snowblower, belt drive, manual lift

 

 

Maybe I'm missing something, but why can't you adjust the skids for pavement, and raise the snowblower slightly with the manual lift when working on gravel? 

 

Many manual lifts have several locking positions.  ...If needed, it may be possible to create a new locking position for the lift.

 

If that is not possible, maybe you can alter the lift linkage which raises the snowblower, by drilling another set of holes to raise the blower slightly.

 

Where does the "floating" of the attachment occur?

 

Pics of what you're working with would help us help you!


Edited by Bruce Dorsi, February 10, 2016 - 04:09 PM.

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Posted February 10, 2016 - 04:58 PM

I think I might need to adjust my skids.I pulled it in to melt off and this pile was left after the snow melted.

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