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JD 826 service?

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I found this forum while looking for info on a newly acquired JD 826 S/N M00826X575949. From what I can tell, it was made around '88 or so? It is electric start and runs very well, but I think I made need to replace a bearing on the auger driveshaft. I got this with a bunch of tools and other implements that I bought with a cabin, and I am just finding out how old it is. Does anyone still service these?

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Your machine was made by John Deere and is a good machine, parts are hard to find and expensive. In 1991 John Deere sub manufacturing to Murray and Ariens. The Ariens are good, the Murray are horrible.
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Thanks--I was afraid of that! Thanks for the quick reply.

When I lived in Wisconsin, there were plenty of really old JD tractors that the old timers were able to find parts for to restore them, so I am not giving up.
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Hello and welcome to SBF John. Here are links to the operators and service manual for your machine in case you want to do your own repairs.

Operators manual-
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3jh4tugqqp...r%20Manual.pdf

Service manual-
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9k1uzy1s5s...1234-01740.pdf

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Thanks, Grunt, this is great! I used to do my own wrenching on motorcycles, so this will be a big help.
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I'm familiar with the 826 because I have a 1032, both heavy duty and similar. The metal is thicker than other blowers, has a cast iron gear box, metal gear driven chute, metal chute that is full open and not restricted by reducing it. Some suggestions, do a complete servicing on it, grease augers, check you have shear pins - 5/16" are mine, tighten all the bolts. I got mine last February for $50 and needed a carb rebuild plus a lot of normal work to bring it up to snuff. If you want to improve that machine, this what I plan to do to mine. The handlebars need to be reinforced in the middle, behind the rectangular piece or just below it, they are very weak compared to the heavy machine it is. It does not throw snow very far so I plan to add a rubber impeller kit, also plan to extend the chute length by cutting it and welding a piece in the middle. I'm going to put a cable attached to the chute and a handle on the dashboard so I can adjust the chute easily. I want to put rollers on the front replacing the skid shoes. I don't like that you engage and disengage the auger with a dashboard handle.

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It sure seems well made to me from a materials standpoint. Those mods you are planning sound good--I may have to copy some of them.
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I'm in south Denver/Highlands Ranch and have 2 826s that I work on for my church and have owned 2 826s and a 1032 (JD built) what all do you suspect is wrong with yours?
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I was plowing some hard packed snow (not too smart on my part), and I started to see some smoke coming from what I think is a bearing on the auger. I just got an email from Potestio Brothers Equipment (local JD dealer) this morning in response to my inquiry, and they are willing to take a look at it and think they can fix it. Going to go pick it up from the cabin this weekend and take it by to see what they can do with it. My dad never bought any landscaping equipment new--he'd pick up a beater lawnmower or edger and fix them up and keep them running. Like this snowblower, things were built to last back then, not like the disposable junk nowadays.
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If the bearing is a side bearing it is definitely user replaceable and easy. If it's the impeller bearing, you need to be knowledgeable, brave, daring, stupid, and have the right tools.
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