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Craftsman 536.88860 12.5/33" track drive won't move

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First post here. I found an old online manual and it looks like the friction wheel is the culprit. Where do I find the friction wheel? Thanks!
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Hi guys,

First post here. I found an old online manual and it looks like the friction wheel is the culprit. Where do I find the friction wheel? Thanks!

Try this link. The model number at Sears has one more zero on the end than the one you specified, but this might be it.

DRIVE ASSEMBLY Diagram & Parts List for Model 536888600 Craftsman-Parts Snow-Removal-Equipment-Parts | SearsPartsDirect

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Welcome to the forum Deezldude


There are different resources for finding the part number and purchasing the part. Searspartsdirect, partstree, repairclinic, jackssmallengine, ebay, ...
If you have an MTD, MTD has it's own web site as does Ariens. You're craftsman should be easy to find on CRAFTSMAN GAS SNOWTHROWER Parts | Model 536888600 | Sears PartsDirect

After you find the part number you need I'd shop around as Searspartsdirect is usually more expensive. It's likely you're Craftsman is made by MTD so you can try their site with the part number too. Snow Blower Parts: Replacement Snow Thrower Parts from MTD Parts

Once you have a part number you can try here: Parts Search | PrimeŽLine Power Equipment
And with the primeline number see if they carry it here: Home Page | O'Reilly Auto Parts

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Is there supposed to be another "0" at the end of that model number ??

Are you sure it's the friction wheel ?? Is the rubber gone, maybe it's just a tension adjustment ??

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Thanks for all the replies! This is a great forum. The rubber is almost all gone on the friction wheel so I'm guessing that's the problem. I'll start hunting it down tonight, and again, thanks!
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The friction wheels can be had pretty cheap. For my model, the part is 1501435MA. I think that part is used on a lot of blowers, so it might even be for yours. They're $23 on amazon.




Have you tested your tracks to see if they move without the friction wheel engaged?
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Like K4frog mentioned look around and cross reference the part numbers. Usually taking the "replaced by part number" reference number. The "536" prefix in your model number was Craftsman's code for Western Tool and Stamping, then AMF, then Murray owned. Briggs took over Murray and now has many of their parts crossed to a Briggs number. Oregon or Stens will likely cross in there also.
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Again, thanks for all the replies. My computer crashed and I lost the free online manual. Google doesen't help much either. any ideas?
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deezldude. I found the parts manual here, if you still need it.

CRAFTSMAN GAS SNOWTHROWER Parts | Model 536888600 | Sears PartsDirect




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Well, the friction disk isn't the culprit. The chain on the left side came off the sprocket and I don't see how I'm going to get the chain back on without some serious disassembly. Do the chains have a master link or does it require a complete takedown?
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