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Pictures of my newly repaired skid shoes for my blower


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Posted November 15, 2011 - 08:47 PM

Here is what I started with
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Found a length of steel in my scrap goodies that was 1/8" and the same width as the shoe base, bent into shape using the good shoe as a pattern, short strip to fill in where the one side was wore through.

After welding and grinding, I got me some new shoes!

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Now some more clean up and some paint and that part is ready for winter. Still have lots more to do yet though

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Posted November 15, 2011 - 11:19 PM

Greg, that is a really nice repair job, great work.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 05:23 AM

Nice job,Greg.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:01 AM

You did a great Job on those shoes :thumbs:
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 06:13 AM

That should last a bit longer, now. Great job!
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 07:12 AM

Nice job, better welding than my fix!!
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 11:53 AM

nuthin like puttin someold scrap 2 good use....prob saved a bundle doin it 2. thats why we're inovaters!
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 05:03 PM

Good for another 1000 miles or more. :bounce:
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 05:36 PM

Nice job on the new shoes.
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Posted November 16, 2011 - 09:38 PM

Thanks to all!!:wave:
Like most of my infrequent welding projects, I start to actually do a decent job welding just about the time I am finished with the task. A soon to be forgotten talent that will be lost before my next welding project starts. Oh well that keeps it fun. Always good to learn something even if its the same thing over and over again:confuse:

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Posted November 17, 2011 - 02:48 PM

Nice! beats buying them and since you made them yourself they'll probably last forever, Good Job!
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 09:05 AM

Nice job, did the exact same thing the other day on our skids. Doesn't look as good as the job you did but should work for a few years.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 11:33 AM

Good job!

Looks like my Ariens skids in the before picture. I still have them, probably fix them some day, for now i put on a new set of Armor Skids from snowblowerskids.com to give them a shot.

A friend of mine took his skids and welded on new metal and then put on a piece of poly from an old snow plow, about 3/8" thick. He said it glides really nice on all surfaces now, i think thats my next modification!
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:16 AM

Nice job, did the exact same thing the other day on our skids. Doesn't look as good as the job you did but should work for a few years.


Good job!

Looks like my Ariens skids in the before picture. I still have them, probably fix them some day, for now i put on a new set of Armor Skids from snowblowerskids.com to give them a shot.

A friend of mine took his skids and welded on new metal and then put on a piece of poly from an old snow plow, about 3/8" thick. He said it glides really nice on all surfaces now, i think thats my next modification!


Thanks guys!!
I like the poly idea and had thought about that but couldn't find anything(yet) to work. Here's a picture of them painted orange and back on the blower
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Still no snow in the forecast.

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Posted December 08, 2011 - 12:35 AM

He got lucky, got a hold of two DOT Orange plow poly's that the state was changing due to cracks and wear. But the sheer size of them left plenty to work with around the cracks. He made a couple pieces for his plow, and used scraps for other stuff.

I plan on getting a chunk of it from him the next time i drop by, and guess what, its orange so it matches my Ariens... LOL

I was originally thinking of cutting up a plastic barrel i have out back, its about 1/2" think PTFE. I originally got it to cut in half and then cut the ends off to make a new plow blade for an old Craftsman blade i got a hold of that was full of holes and rusted out. Ended up selling it though and never got around to it.

Those skids look good repaired though, probably last you a decade.




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