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auger housing wheels, fixed or swivel

OK, if I go with using wheels on the auger housing, should I expect problems using wheels that swivel?

I was thinking in heavy snow it may be pushed sideways to aide that I've already cleared. Being swivel it seems very easy to turn around rather than going backwards, no pushing down on the handlebars and holding it there to turn, and going around a sidewalk that turns seems to be easier.

The snowblower I was going to try it on is a very heavy machine, especially the front end. A 10hp 32" real John Deere. It's heavy and bulky, cast iron gear box, 12" auger that is thick! The auger is big and the auger axle is solid steel and thick using 2" shear pins I think. The downside to this machine, the handlebars are too light and not well supported for the heavy front. They have cracked and I have to reinforce them. So another reason is because of the light handlebars, I thought wheels would work well especially using swivel wheels. That's where I'm leaning, swivel wheels.
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I was thinking the same thing about my 36" bucket, but tried the roller skid first as I had parts lying around the shop. My thoughts of swivel casters were to be mounted behind the bucket, for several reasons.
1. They would stick out too far if mounted on the sides in the normal location.
2. They would be subject to damage from snow covered hidden items.
3. Snow would be getting forced into swivel mechanism and causing issues.

If i were to put swiveling wheels / casters on a machine it would be behind the bucket. Probably on a fixed bracket, then use washers to get height adjustment. Most swivels have a threaded stud on the top for mounting. What other ideas were you thinking of ??

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