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Since this seems to be the lower chute thread, any idea if Craftsman warrants its polymer parts beyond their standard 3 year warranty?

Mine is a 27" 2010 model and here is what my chute looks like after going through ice chunks mixed into the snowplow's bank:



Would hot glue hold up on this type of plastic? I have a feeling it would be too brittle but if anyone has an idea please share.
My guess is you are going to have to buy a new one. You could try something like plastic welding it and then pop rivets or screws for adding some sheet metal to it. Look up some plastic weld videos on youtube. Basically you take a soldering iron and melt the cracks back together.




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if all else fails get a new chute.

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My guess is you are going to have to buy a new one. You could try something like plastic welding it and then pop rivets or screws for adding some sheet metal to it. Look up some plastic weld videos on youtube. Basically you take a soldering iron and melt the cracks back together.
That would make an interesting project along with Normex's suggestion to backup the weld it just might hold!
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I did the weld! It took me about 30 minutes with a pointed tip soldering iron and I swear, it feels really tight. I'm squeezing the chute from all sides and its holding up.



If anyone is thinking of doing this, I highly suggest a pointed tip. I'd let it sink into the polymer about 3/4 of the way in, straight above the crack, and as I'd pull back up the melted plastic would pool right back into the hole. It was a sinch, a 5 year old could of done it

I will probably order a new lower chute anyways, but Sears said it would take 5-7 business days and there's lots of snow to clear up here
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Keep us updated, i hope it holds. Did you melt any wire into it for reinforcement? It looks like it turned out pretty good.

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Was thinking of doing the wire thing, but after doing the first weld and seeing how thick the plastic is, I just went ahead without it.

We get extreme winters up here so I'll definitely be back to comment on how far it gets me.

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At the risk of repeating I would stress to add the sheetmetal tape since the original plastic cracked and will crack again if not helped with either the tape or sheetmetal with pop rivets and washers on both sides.

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At the risk of repeating I would stress to add the sheetmetal tape since the original plastic cracked and will crack again if not helped with either the tape or sheetmetal with pop rivets and washers on both sides.
Yup, I'm hunting down the sheet metal tape tomorrow. I was also thinking of putting rubber washers to act as dampeners where the lower shoot connects to the auger housing. Think that might help with ice chucks or is it just overkill?
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if all else fails get a new chute.
The lower chute in the picture looks similar to the one on my Husqvarna.
Truenorth, do you know if your Craftsman was made be Husqvarna? If it
was then the part is not very expensive. If it is a Husqvarna part, shop
around online because prices vary quite a bit for the same part number.
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The lower chute in the picture looks similar to the one on my Husqvarna.
Truenorth, do you know if your Craftsman was made be Husqvarna? If it
was then the part is not very expensive. If it is a Husqvarna part, shop
around online because prices vary quite a bit for the same part number.
That's a good question and I did search for that information till my eyeballs turned blue. According to this website, it can be Husqvarna, B&S or MTD. The Craftsman model number on it is 944.520661 and has a B&S 305cc motor. I wish I knew who built it for faster, cheaper parts
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