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Craftsman 536.909900 Drift Breaker need wheel drive chain

yesterday I was running the 10/32 Drift Breaker, and the drive chain fell off the traction drive.

it didn't break, but was just laying inside loose completely off both sprockets. this is the chain that drives the solid axle and propels the machine.

it's easy to get on/off the drive sprockets by putting it on the small sprocket, then walking it on the big sprocket by turning the wheels, but it seems a little too easy to get on/off

going to buy a new length of bulk drive chain and re-use the old master link, and put it on.

anyone else have this problem ? stretched/worn chain, worn sprockets, or both ?

was also thinking, maybe I could take a link out, or turn it around and run the other side of the chain, see it that tightens it up a bit...

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I bought enough chain to do all three as my machine when purchased had the drift breaker chain seized stiff. I just went ahead and replaced all three on mine and when I had the jack shaft gear out I drilled it and fitted it with a grease zerk so it could take a shot of grease now and then.

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I had that sucker well greased, along with everything else under there, back when I repaired the friction disk assembly throwout bearing.

good idea'r on the grease fitting, thanks...
the other chain on left side is getting loose too...
in the meantime I checked Sears Parts Direct, they still sell the chain

Snowblower 31-in. Chain | Part Number STD316412 | GUARANTEED FIT from Sears PartsDirect



http://www.searspartsdirect.com/Craf...7/1507000.html






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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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And it's possible those exact part chains are a better quality than just getting a box of bulk chain but I figured I'm in there messing with it often and greasing stuff so even if the bulk stuff is cheaper it should still get me by 10-20+ years.

I'm pretty sure it's #40 chain. 10' for $12.00 Tru-Pitch Regular Roller Chain - Mills Fleet Farm

Easily made the three chains including the one opps that didn't fit.

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I use a lot of chain at work and get it all here:

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If replacing the chain takes care of it, done. If it doesn't, can you adjust the position of either sprocket to adjust the tension?

If not, perhaps you could mount an idler somewhere to help take up the slack in the chain?

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thanks for all the help, guys. and the chain sources.
this is a funny duck, there is no tensioner there for the drive wheel chain. if there was, it's gone now.
just a straight chain on 2 sprockets like an old single speed pedal bike, and with no adjustment I could see anywhere.




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Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
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And it's possible those exact part chains are a better quality than just getting a box of bulk chain but I figured I'm in there messing with it often and greasing stuff so even if the bulk stuff is cheaper it should still get me by 10-20+ years.

I'm pretty sure it's #40 chain. 10' for $12.00 Tru-Pitch Regular Roller Chain - Mills Fleet Farm

Easily made the three chains including the one opps that didn't fit.
the side of the links are stamped 41. does that mean it's #41, if there is such a thing ?

I had to custom fit a few chains before, one on the Kawasaki 90 dirt bike, and another one on my kid's go kart. but that was a LONG time ago. like 15 years ago...so I have to read up on chain i.d.




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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
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Found it, there is a #41 chain - its go-kart chain.
Go Kart Chain | Mini Bike Chain | Masterlinks

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awesome, thanks.
looking at their chart, it appears one can "upgrade" a chain in some cases, if the pitch and roller diameter are the same ?
for instance, it looks like #41 and #420 are the same except for the pin diameter, meaning the sprockets won't "see" any difference. just the #420 is stronger ?

http://www.gokartsupply.com/chain.htm


Standard Roller Chain

Connecting Links, Tools and Information



Standard Roller Chain Specifications & Strengths Chain
Size Chain
Pitch Roller
Diameter Roller
Width The Pin
Diameter Average
Tensile Pounds
Per Foot #35 3/8" 3/16" 3/16" 1/8" 2,100 .22 #41 1/2" 5/16" 1/4" 1/8" 2,000 .27 #420 1/2" 5/16" 1/4" 5/32" 3,700 .38 #40 1/2" 5/16" 5/16" 5/32" 3,700 .41


Many chains have the chain size stamped directly on the chain links.
#35,40,41 & 420 chain are used on American Go Karts and Mini Bikes.
An 11 or 12 tooth clutch sprocket usually indicates the use of 35 chain.
10 tooth clutch sprockets usually indicate the use of #40, 41 or 420 chain.
Make sure you order enough chain, any extra links can always be removed.






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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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