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Is it worthwhile to install wheels?

Is it worthwhile and a benefit to replace the skid plates with rollers or wheels other than no wear on the skids anymore!

I have a stick arc welder and a MIG welder so I don't care about the wear on the skid plates as I just weld another piece of metal on.

And with my welders and cutting torch, I can weld, cut, and bend metal and fabricate a set of roller skid plates but is it worth the time and effort for the benefit?

I'm in NJ, it may snow enough to use my snowblower 0-5 times a year expecting 1"-5" a few times and on occasion 7"-10" with every few years 25". I have a short 4 car driveway, sidewalk around the house, street sidewalk, plus I do several neighbors sidewalks.
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I know Coby7 uses and likes them.

I say go for it.

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I think many of those "wheels" would collect snow and freeze. Then you have a "skid wheel" rather than a "skid shoe".
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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..

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In all the years we have discussed this idea, I have only seen one real logical use for wheels..a guy needed to wheel his snowblower from the shed, across a good amount of grass lawn, whenever he used it. In that case, he installed wheels to get the machine over the grass.

For any other "regular" use, wheels are a bad idea..skids are so much better..
which is why snowblowers have had skids for over 60 years, and not wheels.

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My old Craftsman came with a roller of sorts. I've seen them referred to as pizza cutters.
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Well my next question would have been fixed wheels or wheels rhat turn but after the SScotman's post, well ......... not worth the effort. I feel I even need to apologize for the post. Thanks. Lot of good feedback on this site but are snowblowers a passion or an obsession?
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I was having issues with shoes grabbing my uneven hot top, i made up these shoes with sealed roller bearings. My 36" machine now rolls effortlessly over my bumpy driveway.



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