welding an auger - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
welding an auger

Hi

I have a 9.5 hp 29 inch craftsman model c950-52461-0 that has one twisted auger and one cracked auger (at the weld) from so much ice last year. My father gave me this as he bought a new one. I've priced out replacement augers but they are much more than an 11 year old machine is worth so can I just straighten and weld these back up? I was told by a dealer that if I welded them the metal would become brittle but not sure if that was just a sales pitch to either sell me parts or a brand new machine.

Thanks for any advice
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	101_2567.jpg
Views:	136
Size:	286.1 KB
ID:	59378  
je67 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 10:16 AM
wdb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: the perimeter
Posts: 390
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 22
Thanks (Received): 23
Likes (Given): 43
Likes (Received): 69
Wow that is quite an image. My Yamaha had a welded auger, worked fine. But if you are damaging them that much in normal use I would imagine that the repaired augers will just get mangled up again. You may want to look at another machine with something sturdier out there.
wdb is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 10:33 AM
Moderator
 
Shryp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 4,159
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 1
Thanks (Received): 196
Likes (Given): 6
Likes (Received): 250
You could probably straighten them out and weld them. While you are at it it might be a good idea to get some scrap metal and weld some braces on it. As bad as they look I wonder if they are rusted onto the shaft. Those shear pins should have broken before they got mangled. Maybe someone replaced the shear pins with normal hardened bolts?

If you take things apart, remember that the left side and right side are different so don't mix them up. Maybe only work on one side at a time.

Please direct all snow blower questions to the forums and not to me with PMs.

Last edited by Shryp; 10-19-2015 at 10:58 AM.
Shryp is offline  
Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likes, 0 Dislikes
Likes Kiss4aFrog liked this post
post #4 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 10:56 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Massachusetts and Maine
Posts: 792
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 3
Thanks (Received): 27
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 42
The welds could end up being stronger than the rest. Ii would weld them and as Shryp mentioned check your pins. MH

1960 Ariens 45-10M
1961 Ariens 10M55
1977 Ariens 22000
1972 Ariens 10000
1990 Ariens ST724
1987 Toro 724
Murray Ultra 522
MTD Single stage
8 hp MTD hybrid plow
motorhead64 is offline  
Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likes, 0 Dislikes
Likes 43128 liked this post
post #5 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 2
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
I know it's weird how bad that one auger is - he didn't even know how bad they were which is surprising. The shear bolts were definitely correct although one was pretty mangled. The augers came off pretty easily as they were greased regularly.

I noticed the welds were only done on one side so I will probably weld both sides when I put it back together. The mangled one can just be unwound and welded - I think it will actually come out ok. I agree they could probably use some more bracing being so light and then being beat up like that. I'll weld and test first - if that all holds together I'll add a bit more strength.

This is just a backup for my 44 inch lawn tractor blower - last winter the snow ended up freezing from lots of rain and it all turned to solid ice so the tractor was useless. At least I know I could get the snowblower out without it getting stuck.

Thanks for the replies - I will update once I have tried it with the welded augers - hopefully not for a long time but it all depends on mother nature.
je67 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 10-19-2015, 01:57 PM
Super Moderator
 
Kiss4aFrog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Hudson, WI
Posts: 9,146
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 511
Thanks (Received): 682
Likes (Given): 3849
Likes (Received): 1480
Garage
Welcome to the forum je67

.
Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

Please help keep the lights on by subscribing:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Kiss4aFrog is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 10-24-2015, 01:16 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,622
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 4
Thanks (Received): 139
Likes (Given): 14
Likes (Received): 327
I've welded them with a mig welder before. I use a MAPP torch to warm up the metal prior to bending it back in shape. If it's broken off, you may need to slip a shaft in it while welding to keep it all straight. As mentioned, it doesn't hurt to add some reinforcing to the welds with bracing.
HCBPH is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome