---- I've been handed!! A close lady friend asked me to see if I can repair her Honda HS80 tracked snowblower. Got it home and found the rotor shaft can't be turned w/ a pipe wrench. Removed the blower housing and found the brg between the drive pulley and the rotor lost all it's balls. Got the augers and rotor shaft out of the housing and found one auger has an implement pin for a shear bolt and the other has a grade 5 bolt. Got the implement pin driven out and found both augers are rusted very snugly on their shafts and one side is bent. The rotor shear bolt was gone. I tried heating the one side w/ my O/A heating tip w/ my puller on it and beating on the arms w/ my large brass punch and 2 lb hammer and managed to move it about 3/16" while I had a wet rag wrapped around the shaft to protect the gearbox seal. Finally gave up on the heat and now have it hanging w/ that side down and squirting an ATF/acetone mix to hopefully work it down the length of the auger and hope that will free it. If I can get this side off then I can put that end of the shaft in the vise and use heat and a pipe wrench to get the other off and not worry about the shaft seals and hope the gear on the shaft isn't plastic. The auger on the bent side has a small kink in the flight that I think I can straighten w/ heat and two hammers. The gearbox works fine and no strange noises, the wheel drive train seems to work and the Honda engine runs great. If I get the go ahead I plan to drill a couple of holes in each auger and weld some 1/4"x28 nuts over the holes to install some zerks in so the shaft and augers can receive some grease periodically.
I'll get her over here tomorrow and show her what needs to be done and see how much she want's to put in it. I have no idea how much time I'll burn up getting the augers off and then parts and reassembly. Now the reason all the damage occurred IMO. She has a son living w/ her in his 40's who is a mechanical "0" but thinks he knows it all. All the evidence I see points to him thinking it's an ice crusher. If I can fix it reasonably I'll tell her the son needs some education on proper snowblower operation. If he doesn't want to learn then buy him a snow shovel, pick and square nose shovel, LOL!!. I'll have updates if this goes ahead.
Edited by ol' stonebreaker, August 15, 2016 - 10:58 PM.