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Skid shoes - Metal vs. Synthetic

All my snowblowers have the OEM metal skids. When they wear down, I weld a new piece on the bottom however I've never worn down a set from new as I buy used snowblowers.

Where I am in NJ we have snow 0-5 times a year, 2"-7", every few years 12"-24". My driveway is double car wide, double long plus the sidewalk; I also do a couple of neighbors drives and sidewalks.

I've never used any type of synthetic skid shoes.

If I replaced my metal skid shoes with synthetic, would I notice a difference sliding? Big difference? Will I be in heaven saying Wow? How much easier is it to turn? Will I again say Wow? To me, when there is snow on the ground, the metal skids seem to slide fine. So why should I need to replace them? Does it matter which synthetic material?

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There is another recent thread basically discussing this same topic. A link is provided to a guy on ebay who makes them in Upstate NY. I ordered a set for $16.50 shipped. I figured, why not give them a try at that price? Should be getting them any day now, but there is no snow on the horizon here to give them a try.
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The biggest diff is no sliding noise and less marking on pavement, they do wear quicker also.


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Roller skids are the best I have all 3 stock poly roller
Polly slides nice in the snow
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As mentioned, they slide better, no rust stains, and most all of them you can flip them around for longer wear.


Note: If you find them slipping on the bucket, just put a protruded star washer between the bucket and the skid.
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I had the black poly skids and they were great with one exception, the rounded corner, squared off profile would hit the slightest raised sidewalk seam and bring the blower to a dead stop. They were great for a section of decking I clear off. After a few times of having the bars jammed into me I tried the metal armor skids. So far I only used them a few times but they are a big improvement in that respect. They also seem to protect the auger housing better.
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Note: If you find them slipping on the bucket, just put a protruded star washer between the bucket and the skid.



That's a GREAT tip!!




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Roller skids are the best I have all 3 stock poly roller
Polly slides nice in the snow


I wish they were cheaper, $30 a pair here, anyone have a cheaper supply?


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I like the big oval poly skids, I just glide around with them

https://smile.amazon.com/Arnold-490-...oly+snow+skids
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