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post #1 of 14 Old 01-19-2017, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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using roll-up plastic snow sled material to line the chute

A recent idea I had though I have not implemented it yet

Using and cutting/shapping a roll-up plastic snow sled to line the inside of the chute. It's rather thick, flexible, will take the cold, strong, and most importantly, smooth and slippery. I expect the snow to just shoot out with that inside. You also might be able to line the impeller housing and may need no rubber or less rubber on the impeller. ??? With the smooth and slippery plastic lining inside the impeller housing the squeegee effect should be increased when using rubber on the impeller blades.
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I thought the same, but I have not come up with a good method to have it stay in play. What is your plan ?

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I think it would be a good solution, but, as RIT suggests, you got to figure out how you'll bond it to the chute.

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Fastening to chute

I thought about rivets, you can use plastic nuts and screws. My local fastener supplier will sell me a box of 100 #6 1/2" Phillips pan head machine screws, box of flat washers, and a box of nylon insert nuts, sometimes called lock nuts, for $5. The best lock nuts are torque nuts. They are round at one end and oval at the exit end. They never come loose under vibration.
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Why not just buy a plastic replacement chute and modify it to fit.
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There was a guy that did this over on Bob Is the Oil Guy Forum. He used one of those plastic sheet sleds for kids, also. I think he used a heat gun to soften it and form it to the inside of the chute. It turned out pretty nice.




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Motor City - Heating it with an air gun is a terrific idea.
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Why not just buy a plastic replacement chute and modify it to fit.
I didn't want to use a plastic chute to replace the metal because I like the sturdiness of the metal chute plus the cost to convert with the gear and handle. The metal chutes tend to be taller throwing the snow further. Besides I'm not happy with the slipperiness of the plastic chute feeling the plastic snow sled material is a slippery material. I intend to line both my metal chutes and my plastic chutes with the snow sled material.
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Maybe someday snow thrower manufacturers (with DuPont) will figure out the competitive advantage of reducing friction in the auger /impeller housing and consumers won't be charged with improving their equipment. It's impossible to understand why we can buy two slippery frying pans for $20 but we can't get the same treatment on snow throwers.
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I would guess volume is one reason, I don't see snow blowers being anywhere near the volume of sales as compared to pans. I'm not sure how well teflon will hold up to rocks either, my chute has a number of chips and scratches from the EOD snow removal. Pans scratch easily from the use of metal utensils so I would expect it wouldn't hold up well to rocks. It's not as easily refinished like a painted surface is either.
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