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Craftsman 536.906100 'Transitional' Drift Breaker

I picked up this Drift Breaker from AriensProMike on 7 April. I'm calling it a transitional model because it has features from both the earlier AMF machines & the later Nomas. I'm planning to overhaul it or possibly restore it. I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to clean it up & apply a fresh coat of paint. Not having a garage or shop can really slow down that process.

I'll try my best to document my adventures here, but I'm starting off late. I already had the machine in half before I started to take pictures! I managed to free up the wheels and dress the axle the day after I picked it up. Tire tubes are on the way.

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The 'tractor' section. Auger pulley, drive pulley and
friction wheel assembly were removed before the photos were taken. The motor pulley actually came off without a fight.

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The bucket is actually in great shape. Some surface rust but nothing major.

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I don't know what this part is called, but it's going to need new needle bearings. Note the missing needles. Also noticed a sloppy weld on the backside but it might be original.

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One of the handles has been repaired in the past.

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I forgot to mention that this machine is supposed to have two safety switches. The clutch switch had been removed and the impeller switch had the wire cut. Both handle bars have holes for mounting levers, but the levers & cables aren't there. If somebody has a similar model and wouldn't mind snapping some pictures of these for me, I would appreciate it.

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My biggest concern so far; the traction pulley. Somehow another keyway was created alongside the original. This may have been someone's idea of a repair but it doesn't work well. Also note how the outer face of the pulley has been worn down and one of the set screw is visible. If anyone knows where I can find a replacement pulley, please let me know.

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Two auger & one impeller bearing. The latter is still available, but I'm going to have to get creative with the former. The extended inner race really limits my options.

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Missing heater box.

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Operator controls.

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On that messed up keyway it appears that part was pretty common to those machines so a cheap parts machine might be in order. You might also find a machine shop to cut a new keyway in the old part and you'd be good to go.


Try boston lawn mower for those auger and impeller bearings. They were the only place I could find the wheel bearings/bushings for my DriftBreaker. https://www.bostonlawnmower.com/

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Unfortunately I can't open any of the pictures but that looks a lot like a 2 stage I rebuilt the other year from what I can see. I think I have some photo's of it along with a close pdf of the manual. In fact I eventually scrapped it due to the lack of safety switches and no one I trusted wanted it.
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On that messed up keyway it appears that part was pretty common to those machines so a cheap parts machine might be in order. You might also find a machine shop to cut a new keyway in the old part and you'd be good to go.

Try boston lawn mower for those auger and impeller bearings. They were the only place I could find the wheel bearings/bushings for my DriftBreaker.
I thought about going the machine shop route, but I don't like how the face has been worn down to the set screw. Plus it'll probably be comparable in cost to a parts machine.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep them in mind. In the meantime, I've been doing some research and I might give these a try:
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Nice N6910TN. The extended inner race is not quite as long on these. I'm thinking I could add some length by turning down some 3/4" rod and securing them with the set screws.
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Unfortunately I can't open any of the pictures but that looks a lot like a 2 stage I rebuilt the other year from what I can see. I think I have some photo's of it along with a close pdf of the manual. In fact I eventually scrapped it due to the lack of safety switches and no one I trusted wanted it.
Sorry about that. I think I fixed them...

This one did have safety switches originally but they were removed or bypassed. I wouldn't mind having that PDF if you can find it.
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Don't laugh, this has actually worked for me multiple times in the past!

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It just takes a lot of soaking, heating and beating, but mostly time.
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Sorry about that. I think I fixed them...

This one did have safety switches originally but they were removed or bypassed. I wouldn't mind having that PDF if you can find it.
PM me an email address and I'll send along what I have on that one: 536.90515
This one was old enough it had a Larson motor on it (predated Tecumseh).
There were no safety switches on that one. Turn a lever and it engaged the augers, put it in gear and it took off.
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PM me an email address and I'll send along what I have on that one: 536.90515
This one was old enough it had a Larson motor on it (predated Tecumseh).
There were no safety switches on that one. Turn a lever and it engaged the augers, put it in gear and it took off.
That looks like a Tecumseh to me, are you sure it's not a Lauson-Tecumseh?
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Tecumseh bought out Lauson in 1956 but continued to use the name until 1964 or so. Lauson might be the prominent name on display, but Tecumseh can usually be found in smaller print elsewhere. True Lausons look dated when compared to Tecumsehs.

Thank you for the pictures. The driveline on that one looks very similar to mine. I will be sure to keep my eye out for one of these now.
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It definitely was a Larson with no reference to Tecumseh found on it, stamped into the housing. Looked virtually identical to the later Tecumseh's, in fact I used a Tecumseh carb kit on a 7HP Larson and fit perfect.
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