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Craftsman track issues

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I got a older track driven craftsman 5/24. She purrrrrrs and the anger runs and blows good. However!, she stopped moving shortly after arriving. We rolled it back on the trailer and then I turned it on, started second pull. Put it in 1 gear and off it went! Then about a foot later it it stopped. I could feel the friction disc touching the plate, but no movement! I put it in reverse and it was off again. Same thing happened, about 1-2 feet it just stopped. I took the base plate off and applied a TON of deep creep into it. Then once I was able to move everything by hand, I started spinning the wheels and it would allow me to move it but only for that small burst of space. I believe that the issue lies with the back of the chain hitting the metal where the motor is mounted to. I drilled out a hole above the issue and I can see that the sprocket and shaft it's attached to are on a slant, but sometimes the sprocket tilts more than it should and that's when it connects with the metal. Is there a way to fix this? Is there anywhere that makes parts for these machines anymore? Thanks.
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If that chain is hitting I would guess one of the bearings/bushings is worn enough that there is some slop if you try to move the shaft the big gear rides in. I'd check the little one too.
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When I got my tracked Craftsman, I had to tear apart the entire track assembly because the plastic wheels were locked to the shaft due to rust build up. The machine would not move forward or backward because of how seized the wheels were. Maybe you should check into this.
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If that chain is hitting I would guess one of the bearings/bushings is worn enough that there is some slop if you try to move the shaft the big gear rides in. I'd check the little one too.
Amy idea what model this is or where I can get the parts??? Thanks
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When I got my tracked Craftsman, I had to tear apart the entire track assembly because the plastic wheels were locked to the shaft due to rust build up. The machine would not move forward or backward because of how seized the wheels were. Maybe you should check into this.
I can move the wheels until it hits that spot where the chain hits the body then the whole process stops....
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I'm trying to think as I look at your photos. Should the box/section that the friction wheel is attached to have some type of bracket on the bottom right that holds the assembly in place, preventing it from pivoting upward?

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Is it the master link that's hitting ?? In the photo it looks like you have an arrow pointing to a master link. It shouldn't really matter unless you've had it apart and maybe put it in the other way and it's a hair longer on the side the retainer slides into.


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The pictures are great, but it's so hard to judge without being able to lift, pull, tug, etc. More beer is needed...

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What if the chain is frozen and won't pivot. I have seen this on some equipment we have. It has sat so long in one spot, when the chain has to pivot it can't and so it then pivot everything else to an extreme position and locks up.

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Welcome to the forum! Can you tell where you're losing movement? Like at what point in the mechanism things stop moving? If something is just slipping, this might help locate it.



Good suggestions so far. Worn bearings that are allowing the shafts to move too much seem like a reasonable explanation. But hopefully a closer inspection will help reveal where the problem is. Worst-case, you could begin disconnecting things starting at the tracks, and see when it starts moving (turning) successfully.



As far as were to get parts, is there a sticker on the blower itself with a model # on it? That's going to be your best bet. Otherwise, at least post some pictures of the entire machine, so people can see what's being discussed. It seems to me that Craftsman numbers change quite a bit, so finding your exact number is definitely your best bet. Otherwise, maybe if you can get the number for a similar machine, hopefully the parts you need would be shared between them.

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