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Idea for Quick Skid Height Change

I've been brainstorming ways to quickly change the height of my snowblower skids. I'd like to go from a low clearance for clearing snow on the sidewalk and driveway in front of my house to a high clearance for clearing a space on the lawn in the back of my house for our dogs without digging into the grass.

What I'm thinking of trying is swapping out the nuts on the skids for a couple cam clamps like these.



Then I could quickly loosen the skid bolts and adjust the height with some preset height blocks. I'd be doing this on my new Toro Snowmaster but I don't see why this wouldn't work on my old Ariens too.

It seems pretty straight forward to me but I figured I'd throw out the idea for some feedback and see if anyone else has done something similar.

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I'm interested in your idea,but unfortunately your photo doesn't load for me,all I see is an "X".
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I'm interested in your idea,but unfortunately your photo doesn't load for me,all I see is an "X".
Ditto

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rob a set of wheel adjusters from a lawn mower, modify to bolt to the bucket and accept skids, or use wheels.

24 " 1967? Ariens Sno thro
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I'm interested in your idea,but unfortunately your photo doesn't load for me,all I see is an "X".

Not sure why it wouldn't show up. I'm on my phone at the moment so I'm limited in fixing it. I'll try later on the computer but I've attached the pic here.

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rob a set of wheel adjusters from a lawn mower, modify to bolt to the bucket and accept skids, or use wheels.
Appreciate the feedback. That doesn't sound as simple as the cam locks and I'm not sure it gets me anything more.
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the cam locks do look intersting......( couldnt see the pics when i posted).....if you try it, plz keep the forum posted !

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those cam locks look like they are from a wheel. a cam lock for the seat post would be much shorter but you would need to check for clearance on the auger side of the bucket

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I have my scraper blade set at about 3/16" and use it on both an asphalt driveway and a couple hundred feet of footpaths that I keep open on our farm.

As long as I wait until the frost is in the ground, I don't gouge the lawn. I've been doing this for over 10 years and never found the grass to have been disturbed in the spring.
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those cam locks look like they are from a wheel. a cam lock for the seat post would be much shorter but you would need to check for clearance on the auger side of the bucket
I think if I can find a female threaded cam that fit the carriage bolts on there already that would be ideal. I'm just not sure what size they are yet.

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I have my scraper blade set at about 3/16" and use it on both an asphalt driveway and a couple hundred feet of footpaths that I keep open on our farm.

As long as I wait until the frost is in the ground, I don't gouge the lawn. I've been doing this for over 10 years and never found the grass to have been disturbed in the spring.
Maybe my lawn is a little lumpy or I needed to lower my skids a bit but I gouged my lawn in a couple spots last season. Also, since the Snowmaster auger is moving really quick I'd be afraid it could do some damage fast if it contacted the turf.
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I like the basic concept - lot of mowers that have a one handle height adjustment are desirable in my book..... blower skids wear fairly quickly and being able to change them quickly is a great idea.......




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