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Impeller Mod material

I did the famous impeller mod on ym Ariens 1332 at the start of the season and have been very impressed with it. Used a kit off ebay that included 2 pieces of 2" wide 3/8" rubber and mounting hardwear. With how well it has worked, I have another I want to do along with a couple of coworkers machines. To make it cost effective I'd like to find the rubber material myself. I have found this precut 2" wide rubber sheet off amazon for 13ish $. Wondering if it will do the job, or if anyone has found something that can be purchased at a local Tractor supply or homegoods store.



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I have material still sitting in my shop if I ever decide to do an impeller mod, but to be honest, I really don't have the need. I only have a double driveway, and have no issue throwing snow past it with any of my machines.

If you are looking for a good material, go to a local truck stop, or truck repair shop, they will probably give you an old ripped truck mud flap. I drove for a living, and that is thin gauge quality rubber, with imbedded reinforcement, which can be easily cut and drilled, yet heavy enough to use it for impeller extensions ... all probably for free. I have material from the Railroad which I obtained before I retired, very similar in composition.
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Single stage Toro old paddle worked for me and at no cost.

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@gibbs,

Using a paddle material for the same purpose would certainly be the way to go if they can obtain that material for sure.

Many in the country that might have access to farm implement belting is another source of material if need be.
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Some people have used this baler belting
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...y-4-in-x-60-in
I think it's a little less than 3/8 inch thick.
I have used single stage paddle material from a Toro S200 (2 5/8 inch wide, 0.270 inch thick), it works very well. It's available.

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I use old mud flaps or Truck dock bumper rubber.
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Tractor Supply has baler belt in 5 ft. rolls, enough to make impeller kits for the rest of your life. Works great. I have also used a light duty truck reinforced mudflap that I cut into the required sizes, also worked well. Baler belt is easier cutting to get to the correct dimensions and to add the nooks and crannies mine needed.

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Some people have used the sidewall of automotive tires if they don't have to much curvature.

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I suggest looking on eBay. There are many listings for SBR in 3/8" thickness, 2" wide, 36" long strips for close to $20. This means you can do several machines with minimal cutting or waste - 9 paddles of 4" or 7 paddles of 5". In my opinion SBR is the preferred rubber for this project due to its abrasion resistance, impact strength, resilience, and high tensile strength. In case you're not familiar, SBR is used in car tires and rubber shoe soles. Maybe most important, snow plow blades are made of SBR.

BTW, make certain to use stainless steel hardware.

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https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...y-4-in-x-60-in
WCCO Belting Baler Belting, 2-Ply, 4 in. x 60 in. Other sizes available too.

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