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Replacement 5" Friction Wheel Needed

I bought a 36" Snow Beast used, and the machine is work just fine, except on inspection, it could really use a new friction drive ring. The OD is 5" ~ 5 1/8" and about 3/8" ~ 7/16" wide. The rub is that GXi Power gets $20+$14 shipping...total rip-off;
Does anyone know where I can shop for these wheels by dimension? Most of them I've seen are 4 3/8".
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Try Ebay by part number might help. Those friction wheels are used in numerous pieces of equipment such as lawn mowers. And IMHO, $34 is not a bad price, nothing today is free except advice
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I hope it's not the price of the part but the shipping that's getting under your skin. You can always call around and see if a repair shop has one or can get it for less. Compared to what I have to pay for a simple looking Deere friction wheel for my 826 ($50 + ship) I think yours is pretty good.

But if you'd like a second or third set of eyes looking give more detailed info like the machines model number and the part number itself if you have that too.

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Thanks gentlemen for the input. It was the price that was my hang-up because all over eBay, friction rings are between $7 - $19 with free shipping; and since I don't know how long this component is supposed to last, I thought I'd stock up at that price; but not at $34 each. Anyway, I got it in on Friday and just replaced it last night, and it couldn't have been easier. This is a 36" Snowbeast that I bought second hand, and may be made in China; it seems to have a Yamaha, or Yamaha knock-off engine; it starts reliably and runs very well, and sounds like my generator that has a verifiable Yamaha engine. Overall the machine looked like it had very low use, except when I pulled the drive cover and saw the friction ring which was totally cracked.
Anyway, the replacement was very easy and I'll describe it here:
1. Removed drive cover
2. Removed the 6 bolts on the friction wheel that clamp the rubber ring in place.
3. Use a screwdriver to separate the friction wheel plate on the bearing side of the friction drive wheel, from the rubber friction ring, you'll work a gap of about 1/4", and that's all you'll need. Don't attempt to separate the other side, it's an interference fit, that once removed, will cause the assembly to be useless, unless you are a good welder, or have a hammering machine to do what the factory did.
4. Remove the 11/16 nut on the geared side of the friction drive shaft.
5. Remove the right wheel and remove the friction drive shaft.
6. De-link the friction wheel transmission rod, by simply pulling it out of the bearing holder of the friction drive wheel.
7. Work the old friction ring off, and the new one on.
8. Install bolts that were removed in step #2.
9. Re-assemble in reverse order.

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After lots of search I think this is what you need.


https://www.serviceandwarrantyonline.com/b05311/




This is the full piece out of french Manual on Home depot website:


https://www.serviceandwarrantyonline.com/b02510/



I would Just change the rubber above for $19.




Here is the snow beast on Home Depot website: Manual is in french so I assume Canadian product. GXi I believe is parts supplier.


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Snow-Bea...BM17/301214881

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Ahhhhhhhh I see you need a replacement for that wheel cost.....GXi is too expensive sorry misread.....


Let me check.
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Lou is your OD measurement with the Used ring on?


So it could be 5 1/2 OD before wear?
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Thanks, I had found all of those resources when I started my parts search. Anyway, the ring is smaller than I calculated, now that I've been able to measure the new one, the OD is 4 7/8" and the width is ~9/16" , it also has a groove where the counterparts of the clamping plates, have the opposite to the groove, to keep the ring centered, so I'm not going to continue to look for another manufacturer's ring, since this is likely proprietary. I did breakdown and buy a ring from GXi, but at that price, especially shipping charge, I'm not going to stock-up on them, although I should probably get a back-up.
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