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post #1 of 17 Old 01-25-2016, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Friction disc questions

Two questions.
  1. Is there any reason not to keep a new disc on hand? Dry rott etc?
  2. Is a Stens replacement disc just as good as a genuine Ariens?

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Can anyone tell how much life is, or rather was left in my disc when I took this picture?


This was before yesterday's abuse.
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Looks better than mine when I replaced it. Mine had holes gouged out of the rubber. On the other hand, your friction plate looks like it needs some Carb cleaner. It should be shiny clean IMHO. And if your friction plate is dirty, that means your friction disc rubber is dirty too. And, in fact, your friction disc rubber looks a little too shiny/glazed for me.

Please understand that I have only replaced one friction disc in my entire lifetime and it looked a lot worse than yours. But based on other things I have encountered in my time on the planet, I would prefer to have a shiny clean friction plate and a non-shiny friction disc in my machine...
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I keep spare belts on-hand. I do not keep a spare friction disk. Rightly or wrongly, I tend to use their performance as a gauge for when to replace them. If the machine still pushes hard, then the disk is fine, IMO. Going by appearances (how worn down the surface is) could be misleading. It could look like the new shape, but be old, hard, and slippery.

Mine can often spin the wheels, with chains on, when trying to drive itself into a big snowbank. To me, that says the friction disk is working just fine, so I leave it alone. If it got to a snowbank, and just stopped easily, showing that the friction disk was slipping, I'd start investigating. I'd also make sure that the metal disk is completely clean, with no oil/grease on it.

There's probably no real harm in keeping one around. I'd put it in a sealed plastic bag, just to be safe, I suppose. But unlike a belt, the disk likely wouldn't completely fail suddenly, so I'd probably just buy one when I needed it.

I've bought OEM replacements. I don't know if it really makes a difference, but they can be a pain to replace, and they're important for the operation of the machine, so I try to buy OEM.

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I wouldn't keep one on hand unless I knew for a fact the one on my machine was fairly well used. I've only replaced two of them and they were on on machines I sold. They didn't actually need replaced. I just didn't want them coming back saying there was something wrong. Stens are probably fine. I don't know what the price difference is. Stens didn't get as big as they are and have the reputation they have by selling junk parts.

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Belts fail that often on these machines?
I never even thought of a spare belt. Perhaps I should have a set on hand?

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Belts fail that often on these machines?
I never even thought of a spare belt. Perhaps I should have a set on hand?
Old belts tend to fail under heavy loads (when blowing a lot of snow, especially if wet and heavy). That's when you need your blower the most. A relatively simple fix when you have spare belts instead of finding out of stock belts at your retailers when you need them the most or ordering online and waiting for delivery.
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Belts can last a long time but once they start to slip, they'll wear out fast. Also, I got a branch in the impeller once and before I could release, the belt twisted itself. Long story not short, belts can go bad quickly.

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Like they said. Belts can fail suddenly, and when one breaks, the machine is useless. By comparison, the friction disk will likely go bad gradually, and even if it starts to slip, you can still use the machine. You may just need to help push when it encounters something difficult. I'd make sure I had spare belts on-hand before I'd consider a spare friction disk.

I haven't had a belt actually fail during use, but I have replaced one or two on different machines when they started to look bad, or were stretched. I didn't want to be forced to suddenly change the belt quickly during a storm, even if I did have a spare available. I keep a spare of each belt, along with spare shear pins, of course.

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