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post #1 of 23 Old 10-30-2014, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Wheels instead of Skids

I have seen 3-4 different posts that talk about or show pictures of an interesting (to me) modification. People have pulled off the skids and added wheels.

On a few, I have posted for more information. Mostly, where are the wheels from and additional pictures from the inside of the bucket. I think the main question is what wheel and sealed bearing they are using that they have had success with.

One guy said he bought his wheels at Home Depot, but I could only find assembled caster wheels. I didn't get a reply to model/item number specifics or a better description.

Today, a new member (RoyP) posted in a thread that was discussing Armor Skids that he has a new machine and may put wheels on it, like his older one.

So, I thought I'd start a new thread to get more specifics. Plus, maybe some feedback from anyone that tried wheels and went back to skids.

Note, I have a well insulated garage where I store my blower. It is not heated. However, almost all of the time, when I use my machine, all of the snow from the prior blowing has melted off (I hand clear the majority of the snow). So, I'm not overly worried about freeze/thaw, but it is probably one of the main issues to get more feedback from.
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I searched the internet and found some options (vs make my own).

MTD Roller Skid Snow Thrower Skid Shoe (Pair) | MTD Yard Machines 490-241-0038

They're on ebay and a few other sites. Not a lot of feedback or details in the specs.

Here's a slightly different product:





Does anyone have any experience/feedback with this type of product/modification?
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I still dont understand why anyone would bother, when there is nothing wrong with skids.

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I can only see it might help in his situation as mentioned his blower melts away all snow and ice? otherwise the frozen wheels become skids and flat grinded.

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In a couple of places I've seen guys using wheels off of a push lawn mower. I kind of like the idea of the quick height adjustment.

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Here's one
http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/o...ging-into.html

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I'm guilty of having created a couple versions of the wheel-thing. Had a similar setup on a old yardman that worked for years. But I have to say, the only reason that I do this it because a have a couple gravel driveways, and a long brick sidewalk. Each of these require change the height during a single event.

If it wasn't for a need to make quick adjustments, I wouldn't bother with wheels. I think the biggest drawback is the additional width to the auger housing which can restrict the ability to cut through a bank..... as a result I'm contemplating creating a fender.... maybe.






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I wish I had my old machine to show you the wheels that I had on it....using a angle iron (Home Depot) and the 1.5" swivel caster (home Depot) I mounted mine on the outside of the auger assembly......very little drag when going through the snow banks....there was absolutely no drag on the machine, except when you ran the wheel into the grass. That's to be expected. I have the Honda HS1132.....I will be putting casters on this as well.
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I still dont understand why anyone would bother, when there is nothing wrong with skids.

Scot
Well, skids do wear down eventually. I'll more than likely never have any wheels on any of my blowers though. I made a set of skids this past summer to put on my Toro 521. Made 'em out of HDPE. There's some pics of them around here somewhere....
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Micah68kj: I like your skids....but aren't they going to wear now quickly. I had wheels on my old Wheelhorse......they were great....can't wait to put them on my Honda.....but I have to figure out what's wrong with the auger height peddle first.
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Wheels keep coming around (no pun intended) but I don't get it. I don't see how they will much more than fancy ice encrusted skids when they are out there working in any kind of a serious storm. Also they they either need to be wide making for a lot of resistance or skinny providing poor support on tender surfaces. Keep it simple.

I will say that there are some clever looking retrofits shown above but knowing how ice packs onto cold machines I'll pass.

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