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Camaron32 12-06-2012 01:11 AM

Early 1970's Gilson-wanting larger tires
I've got an early 1970's Gilson snow blower with press on wheels, and I'm wanting to "enlarge" them in the hopes of creating more ground clearance. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks.

micah68kj 12-06-2012 06:30 AM

Find yourself a CraftsmanŽ snowblower or set of wheels. Change the whole wheel. There's a thread on here somewhere I believe, that shows another method. I did it in one evening with my old Craftsman and a length of thick wall copper tubing. I'm very happy with the results and tires are no longer a problem. Good clearance too!
(The last pic just shows a trial fit. I hadn't cut the excess axle tube length off the Craftsman wheels yet.)

HCBPH 12-06-2012 10:07 AM

Replacement wheels
I've modified a number of blowers that started life with hard rubber tires to pneumatics. Here's a thread I put together that shows how it was done:
Modifying a snowblower from hard rubber tires to pneumatic tires

Things you need to watch or consider:
Is there an OEM wheel that will fit it?
Distance between the axel/wheel bolt and the frame, will a modified wheel fit?
Any obstructions?
Axel diameter vs. replacement wheel shaft opening?
Does the wheel retaining bolt hole in the wheel match the axel?

If you're lucky, you'll find something that will fit without modification. If not, do your homework and you'll likely find ones that will fit with modifications.
I buy all mine from my local repair shop, they're scrapping out machines all the time, so they usually have something that works for me at a decent price.

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