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Question Anything I missed getting ready for snow?

So after reading hours of info on this forum and reading through all of the info on Scot's Ariens website, here is what I've done so far in getting my recently purchased Ariens 1969 Sno-Thro ready for some snow....if it ever gets here........

1. Replaced bolts holding skids which were froze so bad I had to use a torch to free them.

2. Replaced bolts holding blade on and filed blade to clean up rust and burrs.

3. Lubricated all cables & levers.

4. Changed engine oil and spark plug and gapped to .030.

5. Changed auger gear case lube.

6. Greased all zerk fittings.

7. Greased thrower clutch.

8. Checked RPM's to make sure they're around 3600.

9. Replaced belt which was cracked in three places.

10. Checked all visible bolts and tightened up a few loose ones.

11. Drained gas that was left in tank and put in fresh non-ethanol gas.

Anything I missed? Thanks
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I think you were very thorough and should be good to go, good luck with that vintage beast.

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Did you remove the shear bolts and check to see that the augers actually rotate freely on the internal shaft with the shear bolts removed?

When greasing the auger zerks, it's best to remove the shear bolts so you can rotate the rakes while forcing in the grease to spread it around inside.

When reinstalling the shear bolts, inspect for any bending or deformation, replace in necessary, and do not over tighten them. They should had a bit of free play. Too tight risks squeezing the auger tube tight against the internal shaft which defeats the purpose of having the shear bolts there to protect the gear box.

I would also suggest draining the gas at the end of the season so it sits dry during the summer months, instead of leaving old gas in there and draining it at the beginning of the season. The non ethenol gas is a good idea, you're lucky you can get it.

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Did you remove the shear bolts and check to see that the augers actually rotate freely on the internal shaft with the shear bolts removed?

When greasing the auger zerks, it's best to remove the shear bolts so you can rotate the rakes while forcing in the grease to spread it around inside.

When reinstalling the shear bolts, inspect for any bending or deformation, replace in necessary, and do not over tighten them. They should had a bit of free play. Too tight risks squeezing the auger tube tight against the internal shaft which defeats the purpose of having the shear bolts there to protect the gear box.

I would also suggest draining the gas at the end of the season so it sits dry during the summer months, instead of leaving old gas in there and draining it at the beginning of the season. The non ethenol gas is a good idea, you're lucky you can get it.
Thanks skutflut, I'll definitely remove the shear bolts and re-grease.
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Looks good.
Maybe a tip, check tires for cracks and the chains for wear.
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