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Sears Drift Breaker auger engagement needed

Hello , new to the forum I have a old Sears drift breaker Model 536-909800 Code 8243 and I am trying to find the cable that engages the auger it seems to be no longer available on the Sears parts direct web site. Any help or direction appreciated
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I needed a lawnmower safety cable and instead of paying $15 for it I went to Home depot and got bulk steel cable for less than $2. If the sheath is still good you can try that route.

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Cable

If you have a cable but are missing an end, check McMaster-Carr as they have replacements. If you don't have a cable at all, check out the one used on the chute control. They will work on the auger control, only thing you'll have to do is rig a clevis type setup to attach the end to the handle control, otherwise it's a bolt-in. Not cheap at $40 but it works.
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My drift breaker is the only one I've seen here that doesn't use a cable for auger engagement.
You raise or lower a lever that has a crank directly attached to the pulley hardware.
I'm guessing this was an earlier version.
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Dbert, that is the same type of control the AMF and Dynamark has, the Polar Bear, Luminaire, Husky, etc. It's actually BETTER than the later cable setup, the cables tend to seize up over time, and fray, and break. That direct rod engagement never seizes up. The old AMF and Dynamark are the same machine as Craftsman back in those years, the latter moved controls to handlecars w/cables as a perk to make the machine more high-end, and engage the traction drive and augers separately.




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My only issue with it is remembering which direction is on/off. The human brain ages you know. This fall when I was getting it ready I wanted to make sure it was off before I started it and couldnt remember which position was on and which was off (with the belt cover installed). I had made a note on the back of the tank with a sharpie, but it was washed off somehow.

With the ignition off I had my son watch the auger while I pulled the starter handle. I made a new sharpie note on the gas tank with a down arrow and an OFF label. Down off/up on just isn't intuitive I guess.

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You might try Boston Lawnmower Company - New England's Premier Outdoor Power Equipment Dealer
They have been a good source for odd obsolete parts for my "classic" sears 3 stage.

Might even be able to get away with a cable from a bicycle shop with a little backyard engineering if need be.

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just an fyi on cables, you can go to any local auto parts store, and buy universal steel choke cable, the type used on cars with carburetors and a hand choke. they still sell them for heavy duty trucks in service still using carbs that are older vehicles.

then all you have to do, is cut the knob off the handle, and you have a length of brand new cable

bend L hooks in each end, and attach it to your original handle control and unit it's controlling, presto new cable for about 9 bucks




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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or you can just leave the knob on the new cable, and use that instead...










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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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