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Lightbulb adjustable wheels instaed of skids...

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Why would they be preferable to skids?
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because the bucket catches on the grass digging into the ground unless you can hold it up an inch or two. I'm 68 and don't have the strength to hold it up for more than 5-10 feet.
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Hey I like this!
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Yeah, the 300-series husqvarnas are a lot more front-weighted than other blowers. I think/thought of that as an advantage when it comes to scraping up compresssed tire-track snow; I fought to LIFT the handles to get the scraper under those tracks on my older/smaller MTD/Craftsman. But because the front of the ST330 is so hard to lift up, thoughts of showing my wife how to use quickly vanished!

But the key to what you like about this aren't the wheels, but the quick-change height adjustment. Having that feature with skids would make 'lawn-blowing' even easier than w/wheels, as the contact-area of a plastic skid is a lot bigger than a hard wheel, so it would glide better.

Are you listening, all you mfgs. that habituate this forum? QUICK-ADJUST SKID-HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT! First you could come out with notched levers like old mowers...then you can move to, say, a single crank that would move both of them (maybe from the 'dashboard' vs. leaning over & struggling?

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because the bucket catches on the grass digging into the ground unless you can hold it up an inch or two. I'm 68 and don't have the strength to hold it up for more than 5-10 feet.
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That's very interesting!!!
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Once they get icy in certain storms the will cease to roll and be round skids, not rolling wheels. They may help with mobility at times. My only other observation is there is more dead cross section to push into the snow.
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Been quite a few guys who have tried this before. I don't know the results.

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I've said it before, I'll say it again:

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For 90% of snowblowers, and owners, skids are MUCH better than wheels..skids glide easily over paved surfaces, while wheels can freeze up, stop spinning, and then grind down a flat spot.

For special surfaces wheels can maybe be better..but that's an exception...for a typical asphalt or concrete driveway, skids are much better.

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I have never used roller skids, so maybe my logic is faulty...but I dont see how roller skids can offer any advantage over "regular" skids..

1. on a snowy driveway, there is very little friction anyway, so regular skids just glide with very little friction.

2. wheels in place of skids could easily be jammed with snow and ice..making them jam up and not turn, which would wear flat spots on the wheels.

3. snowblowers are self-propelled! you dont have to push them anyway! so why would anyone even need rollers in the first place? the power of the machine is WAY more than enough to overcome the miniscule friction of skids on snow..from the operators point of view, I dont even see how you would notice, or need, the difference..

So..I just dont see the point of doing the conversion, I dont see what you would gain, and I dont see any advantage over traditional skids..(and there is one disadvantage..the potential for the wheels to lock up)

Skids have been used for 50 years, there is nothing wrong with them..I think its the best way to go! "if it aint broke, dont fix it!"

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We have talked about wheels vs. skids several times here over the past few years..
my opinion on these wheel mods: completely useless and pointless.

The wheels give you no benefits over skids, and the wheels have a major drawback in that they can freeze up and lock,
then you wear a flat spot on the wheel, then you have a "clunk clunk clunk" when the wheel thaws, and the wheel wont turn as easily.

So, no benefits, plus some drawbacks, equals no reason to do it.
and you dont need the wheels to move the machine on dry pavement because all you have to do is press down
on the handlebars, and the bucket is off the pavement anyway.

Skids have been working perfectly fine for over half a century, they are really the best solution, wheels are *worse* than skids IMO..

Scot


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Well Scott you're entitled to your opinion and I to mine. We'll just have to wait and see if this modification works for my situation. All I can say is I hope you don't get old and weak like me.
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