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sears blower with tracks??

im a new member to the forum and was wondering if anyone is familiar with a sears tracked unit like a mini-bulldozer, 8hp 2 stage, i am considering buying one for 485 bucks,seems in good condition,this one lets you tilt the chasis up several ways,rubber tracks are in good condition, seller claims everything works well. any comments here good or bad,honda make these tracked units and yamaha did also but they are....expensive,i had set a budget of 500 bucks max to buy a used unit for,im hoping the tracked unit can climb up one stair so i can blow off my front walkway.id sure appreciate everyones thoughts here on this prospective purchase.

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-24-2015, 07:40 PM
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welcome to the forum lardness !! i do see a few of those tracked craftsman blowers on my local kijiji, but dont get a good feeling about the ones i see. i would do a ton of research on parts availability and price before i made that purchase. would a small ramp for winter and a wheeled unit be an option ?
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thanks for advice nwcove,ill get the model no.from him,im guessing this unit is 10-15years old so im hoping parts are avail,id love a honda tracked unit but they are too much dough.the ramp idea i hadnt though of,it would definitely allow my wheeled unit to climb it but id planned on selling the sears now that it is in good repair.thanks again,love the site and forums.

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I'll throw my 2 cents in here. I have worked on an older unit, can't remember the model but it was gray in color and probably a model 536xxxxx something or other. It was a 10 hp tracked unit with a friction disc drive.
The problem is the wheels and tracks can rust up and when that happens, they're a bear to fix. In particular the wheels that aren't driven can rust up on the shafts. I eventually got them off and found a spot with enough material on the hub of each wheel that I could drill and thread for a grease zerk. Additionally the tracks themselves rusted. IIRC, the tracs for that one are no longer available.
If it was me, I'd either do the same thing if you can or pull it apart and put antiseize on all the shafts with the tread and oil the joints in the tracks.
There is an upside here too, from what I remember it was a wheeled unit they swapped out the wheels for gears and tracks. If something went bad, I believe you can convert it back to wheels.

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Hi Lardness
I would stay away from tracked units...they are harder to work on and parts are harder to come by. There is a reason why you see so few of them around. MH

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I would stay away from that, because it made by mtd. They are known to have cracked frames. Only honda and the newer ariens have good track drives. One step, you could build a small ramp out a 2x6 if you buy a wheeled blower.

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I would stay away from that, because it made by mtd. They are known to have cracked frames. Only honda and the newer ariens have good track drives. One step, you could build a small ramp out a 2x6 if you buy a wheeled blower.
Do not exclude tracked yamahas as well
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thanksguys very much for all the input, i will rethink my purchase for sure.the only saving grace here is that the guy selling it has kept it in super shape and everything on machine is either greased or lubricated,this guy has a bunch of old vintage garden tractors too. so hes like all the gearheads on this site.im just discovering the joys of the snowblower world,but like a lot of you i like pretty much anything with a motor in it,a lifetime sickness

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I saw one on craigslist and it looks almost the same as the "4x4" model I got a few months at a garage sale. It's made by MTD, and parts are available. It ran OK but turned in only one direction. I did have to do a complete removal of the various drive parts, replace the friction drive disk rubber, lube everything, add some shims to remove slop from a drive axle, replace a couple of bushings, and stretch the chassis to relieve some friction in the output drive shaft. I also replaced the carb since it was about $15 + shipping. Seems pretty solid now. Total parts cost $55 but about 16 hours of labor I'd guess, including some head scratching time.
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thanks again to all the posters for feedbag and suggestions,ive consoled myself with buying an older ariens project blower,all there and not running....but ran last year according to former owner,we shall see,again built like a 65 olds 98,ha.that 4x4 that oliverland scoooped for a hundred bucks looks interesting,good price too.

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