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Shear Pins/Bolts!

i needed some replacements. there was one bent one left in when i got this blower. i first called my local independent dealer, and was told they would be $12 for a pack of three! after shopping around, purchased 10 for $10 off ebay from a seller in Michigan. so, what's the deal with $4/pin?
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-26-2019, 04:14 PM
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i believe they call that price gouging !

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Or you get what you pay for!!!!

Brand vs. Copy.

Authentic Ariens or Aftermarket.

You will notice if they break more frequently or the opposite the should and they do not!!!!
(always make sure your augers are spinning freely before you replace your new pins.)

These are rotary who make aftermarket lawn mower blades etc...kind of like oregon products:





$1.32 a pin.

I notice brand are brass usually and most aftermarket are steel.....I think brass is preferred. Anyone???
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does ariens "make" there own, or just sub-contract?
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there is that price, $13 for three bolts.

i doubt they make their own nuts and bolts for these machines. why would they? they may be involved in the specs for the bolts, but i have to believe that these are nothing special except that they are sized and provide appropriate breakage. all quality bolts should meet equal standards.

there must be a fear element built into these types of parts. people may feel if they stray from the brand name the part will be sub-standard and their device will suffer. since i'm new to snow blowers, i don't have an idea how many bolts will be needed. i've read some users have never broken bolt, others may go through several per season.
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Part of it is just profit. At times you can find the OEM on ebay or amazon for less and some times it's an "equivalent". That's where a problem might be in getting the right thing for less money or getting something that is cheaply made.

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there is that price, $13 for three bolts.

i doubt they make their own nuts and bolts for these machines. why would they? they may be involved in the specs for the bolts, but i have to believe that these are nothing special except that they are sized and provide appropriate breakage. all quality bolts should meet equal standards.

there must be a fear element built into these types of parts. people may feel if they stray from the brand name the part will be sub-standard and their device will suffer. since i'm new to snow blowers, i don't have an idea how many bolts will be needed. i've read some users have never broken bolt, others may go through several per season.
I hear you 963.....belts and pins are the life of your Blower so that would be where I would put the money along with a good oil(Engine is a given). Some owners...not on here... that have blowers just put bolts in and forget it....Broken worm gear waiting to happen.

They probably do not make their own but go to a company that does it to their spec for them. The Ariens fellas will let you know.

I wasn't telling you to spend that was just showing you what the Ariens are like......I would buy 6 put in the investment early... free shipping and then you are set.
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I would buy 6 put in the investment early... free shipping and then you are set.

Having spare pins is the smartest thing anyone can do. If you break a pin and don't have an easy to get to spare it's just too easy to rationalize that you'll be careful and use a bolt to finish up.
Been there, done that and luckily it didn't bite me. Now I keep spares for every machine I have that runs.

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