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View Poll Results: Do you have a zero clearance under your scraper bar or do you adjust your skid shoes?
I like a zero clearance for the scraper bar 5 9.43%
I don't do anything so I guess I have a zero clearance 0 0%
I want a little space under my scraper bar so I do adjust my skid shoes 48 90.57%
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post #1 of 34 Old 01-28-2017, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Scraper bar - Zero clearance or Paint stick clearance

I like to have a zero clearance on my scraper bar rather than adjusting the skid shoes for a single thickness paint stick under the scraper bar. I prefer zero clearance as I want as little snow as possible for the sun to melt reducing the chances of slippery conditions.

Do you adjust your skid shoes for zero clearance? If you do nothing, you will be at zero clearance.

I like a little space and use a paint stick under each corner of the scraper bar.
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You should clarify that this is for a 2/3 stage snowblower.

I adjust the scraper bar and skids as needed.
For paved/hard surfaces a paint stick under the scraper bar(after being preset for my needs) than skids down.
For gravel I adjust the skids to get 3/4-1" scraper bar clearance from the "floor"
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I use 1/8" steel. However, I'm finding that with the ArmorSkids that might be too much.
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I use washers, approx. the diameter of a US quarter.
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I have a roller skids on my Cub Cadet and i set my scraper around 1/16 or less. My driveway is smooth and it works well.
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I equalize the air in my tires and use paint stir sticks. Been using them since I got my first blower. Zero clearance is asking for problems in a few ways. JMHO.

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I use 3/16 steel to adjust scraper, works good on concrete drives with uneven edges. Srape off with a 36" pusher after. My hs928 is the canadian version with full range bucket adjust. For gravel I raise the bucket a little until a frozen base is built up.
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The scraper blade on my old Toro is spring loaded. I have 1/4" clearance under the augers, which allows the scraper blade to have zero clearance. If I hit a bump the blade moves rearward and then springs back in to place. This set up clears the snow completely, while not damaging the blade. SWEET!

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I have a Ariens 24" compact. I'm tempted to make a new scraper bar from 1/4" UHMW Polyethylene. While I have mostly smooth concrete, my concern is that it might get destroyed after going over an uneven sidewalk. Anyone tried this?
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I'm on crushed gravel so 3/4" works for me.

Overall there are different considerations.

For the sake of the machine you never want it so low that the scrapper (or cutter) bar is continually snagging the ground making the machine buck and jump. That's hard on everyone.

A bar that is scraping will wear and you want to know what your next bar(s) will cost if your surfaces will work with that method. Minimal clearance and maintaining skids may be preferable.

The classic paint paddle are a good starting point for well paved spaces.

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