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Welding a bucket housing.

Someone gave me an MTD snow blower that has a few small holes/tears in the bucket bell housing. Something got jambed in the impeller and pierced some holes/tears in the housing. I know a welder who sometimes will welds stuff for me for cheap but the rub is that it has to be easy. If it is not a fast and relatively easy weld job he will always say it is not worth it or it won't work or something negative. I know it is not always true and he is just in a bad mood. So be for I take it too him I want to get some feedback as to how people have approached welding these things. How can I present it so it seems not too challenging.



My thinking is that just a small piece of sheet metal ( that is not too thick) welded over the damage to make it stronger and reinforce it.



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That's what I would do with it, just as you described. Its not like its a multi thousand dollar machine that needs to be perfect.
Sometimes the housings become too rusted,damaged that they are not worth repairing, but replacement costs can be high, if they are available. Used housings may be in bad shape. You would be better off just patching it if you can.
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A little bit of creative fabrication goes a long way.
If you are not sure of doing that, I'm sure a sheatmetal fabrication shop could do that work.
Looks like a project a creative homeowner can do with patience.
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Someone gave me an MTD snow blower that has a few small holes/tears in the bucket bell housing. Something got jambed in the impeller and pierced some holes/tears in the housing. I know a welder who sometimes will welds stuff for me for cheap but the rub is that it has to be easy. If it is not a fast and relatively easy weld job he will always say it is not worth it or it won't work or something negative. I know it is not always true and he is just in a bad mood. So be for I take it too him I want to get some feedback as to how people have approached welding these things. How can I present it so it seems not too challenging.



My thinking is that just a small piece of sheet metal ( that is not too thick) welded over the damage to make it stronger and reinforce it.



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do you have a picture that show the damage?

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@toro,

If something was caught in the auger, and was able to rip through or punch through the bucket, you might want to inspect the augers for rust weld, and/or the wrong shear bolt/pins.

Also, photos posted will give a better understanding . Also you can do wonders with rivets as well if you don't weld.
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Gees......that would be too much work for me. Not the welding, the rip down and then the reassembly. Bit that is only my opinion, some guys really eat that stuff up. God bless them
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The rip down and reassembly is easy. Not much rust. I had it all apart in 30 min.


The impellar blades were a bit bent. I bent them back. Close enough. It is malleable enough.


I dont have pics. I was able to pound thinks back in place with a hammer. But the material is thnned and the tears (maybe an inch long in the worst case afe there). I would feel better if it were reinforced.

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