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post #1 of 13 Old 02-07-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Went to the Dark Side

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I have been an Ariens-man, but what I felt was a good price, made me cross over to the dark-side, and I recently went Red.

A week+ ago, purchased a TORO PowerMax 826 and I liked it, and then found a better deal on a PowerMax 1028 with plans to unload the 826. Both are about 10 years old beased upon Model/Serial Number.

I was going through the 1028 before putting it into service, and one of the auger sheer pins seems to be rusted in place. I say sheer pin, but is it really a Grade 5 "bolt" ? I have been trying to loosen it with PB Blaster, and a clamp/large socket to ease it out, but I have not been successful. I am thinking about drilling it out, but not sure if I can do that with a standard HSS 1/4 drill bit - can I - or what method is better ? I suspect that if I can remove it, the auger will be rusted onto the shaft. So, if this is not really a sheer pin, am I wasting my time worrying about removing it, or should I continue to work on it ? I plan to bring this up to a lake-home, so I really don't want to get stranded with a broken gear case on a snowblower up there ?

I also just posted this on the TORO forum, and haven't gotten any feedback yet, so I thought I would alsopost here because seems like many here own bot TORO and Ariiens.

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I would just leave it. you will not bust up the gear case. I have sucked up door mats the size of old phone books and never had any issues with it.

Long LIVE THE POWERSHIFT!! MAY IT NEVER RUST IN PEACE!!
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So, "Red" really does build a "never" fail gear-case, and my 10-year old blower has one ? They say that the engine will just stall. Is that what happens when you try to snow blow a phone book ?

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So, "Red" really does build a "never" fail gear-case, and my 10-year old blower has one ? They say that the engine will just stall. Is that what happens when you try to snow blow a phone book ?

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YEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP The engines stalls out.

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Welcome to the dark, RED side there RIT!!!

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welcome to the dark red side RIT333

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Went to the Dark Side?
I thought you were going to say you hired a plowing service..

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"I thought you were going to say you hired a plowing service."

Bingo, this is what I thought when I read your topic subject line.

I'd give the PB Blaster some time to work. Spray a little on it every day. Maybe in a week, it will have penetrated all the way through.

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when you go dark side on a motorcycle it means you are using a car tire on the back but I'm pretty sure they don't make a car tire to fit a walk behind snowblower rim

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I don't know, those smart car tires might come close.....

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