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So I just purchased a new to me Craftsman 536.885900 snow blower. 8hp engine and 26" bucket. Built in 1989 and it looks maybe a few years old. I need to clean up the engine a bit (old gas), replace the drive cable (snapped at the handle), and lube up the tracks and drive components (the tracks will move an inch or 2 and stick, so there's definitely some rust in there). The auger and impeller work beautifully.

I'll take pictures as I tear into the drive components. Looking forward to getting this beast working like new.
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At least you don't have to worry about flat tires! I have passed up on the track units but I may rethink that...... some advantages I guess.



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You might find Critters Dragged a bunch of "Stuff" inside the chassis, Locking up the Drive, or Rusted Chains would do it as well....Let us know what you find inside...GL
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+1 for rusted chains
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Looks to be in pretty good condition. You might flip it up on it's auger and pull the pan covering the transmission and check out the mechanicals in there. Rusted chain or something likely hiding in there.

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Flipping it is the plan for this weekend. The tracks move a little, so I don't think it's rusted solid. As mentioned, probably a critter or rusted chain.

I need to get more info on the engine as its hard to start manually. Starts pretty well with the electronic starter though. Trying to decide if I should go with non-ethanol gas and some cleaning addatives or just give it the seafoam treatment.
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Flipping it is the plan for this weekend. The tracks move a little, so I don't think it's rusted solid. As mentioned, probably a critter or rusted chain.

I need to get more info on the engine as its hard to start manually. Starts pretty well with the electronic starter though. Trying to decide if I should go with non-ethanol gas and some cleaning addatives or just give it the seafoam treatment.

If you have pure gas easily available, use it.

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There is a station not too far from here that sells non-ethanol gas. I need to pick some up.
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How freely should the bearings on the axle spin? I've gotten them moving, but it's fairly stiff and won't free spin. I haven't gotten the chain sprockets off yet, so I haven't been able to remove the bearings to really clean them out.
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How freely should the bearings on the axle spin? I've gotten them moving, but it's fairly stiff and won't free spin. I haven't gotten the chain sprockets off yet, so I haven't been able to remove the bearings to really clean them out.
Bearings should be fairly free moving and not feel rough or grate while turning. Hard to tell how free they are until you get the axles separated from each other by removing the chains. They could account for a lot of the drag if they are all dried up and rusty inside the links, rollers and sprockets. You are also trying to move 4 of them while the chains are attached. There will be some drag obviously, more if they are bushings, less if they are roller bearings.

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