Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Top Loader gearbox free play
The cast iron gearbox on my 2015 Platinum allows the impeller shaft a 1/4" of free play to move in and out of the gearbox. Been this way from new. There is no adjustment in the top loader gearbox for impeller shaft adjustment that I can see. But no issues so far and I am into my 6th year with the machine that gets lots of use.
Earlier Ariens models with a different cast iron gearbox appear to have an adjustment in the gearbox to take out this free play. A member here did the adjustment and removed all the free play. But I have not seen any longer term information.
I can eliminate the free play using a washer behind the impeller to move the shaft a 1/4" farther into the gearbox, but is that wise? Any considerations that I don't know about? This would be something for the spring.
2015 Ariens Platinum 30 SHO - model 921040