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Best lubrication for auger worm drives?

What is the best recommended lubrication for auger worm drives? Something I can readily pick up at a local store and don't have to order online.


I have two machines that I want to service the worm drives on to get them both up to snuff. First machine is a (1971?) Ariens 910962 ST724. This one has a large cast iron gearbox. I have not opened this one yet. The second machine is a Craftsman II 536.884800 with the clam shell worm drive.


Both of these machines I plan to use often so knowing what lubrication to use would be helpful. Do they use grease or oil? It seems like it varies depending on what machine you have but I can't get an exact answer and I don't want to buy and use the wrong stuff, doing unnecessary damage.

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I use 00 grease...just a hair thicker then gear oil. Can get it at Napa or Tractor supply
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I use Ariens L3 on my 10,000 and 22,000 series. Granted, I just started using it, but I have it in 3 different machines as I type this. Doesn't leak in all 3, they rotate smooth. I'm also betting for all 3 machines, what I emptied was probably the origin oil put in. Heck, one only had an ounce in it when I drained it. Nothing but gruel came out of all 3.

My Ariens store carries it, 8 oz bottle $13.14 + tax. Make sure you only put about 5 oz in it. Some old owner's manuals state to tip the machine back on the handles and fill thru the top opening until it runs out...but I leave it level and go with 5 oz (which is what the manuals ALSO state it takes). Leaving it level, 5 oz is when it begins running out the top. So, I do tip it back...but only put 5 oz in.

I know I could easily use something different/less expensive, but for some reason I just believe in that since this is what they recommend (and it works on the older gear cases) so this is what I use.

The Craftsman...no clue what's recommended.

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I believe the best is the recommended. Do you have the operator manuals ?? There are links on this forum for all the major brands. You said you have a nearly 50 year old machine, even if the OEM stuff is more expensive, replacing the oil/grease twice a century is really not much of a cost. If you are in the repair business, it may make sense to common-ize between brands, etc.
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I recall the manuals of the 10000's calling for, iirc, 90w GL5 gear oil . . . Oh, and the 10000 gear case isn't worm, it's hypoid . . . you can rotate the augur and get the impeller to turn . . .
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I suppose I should update this. So the Ariens I have is a 910962, apparently also known as a ST724, not a 10000 series. I was able to clear some gunk off the body and reveal the stamped in model number. Does this model still have a hypoid gearbox?


I don't have any of the original manuals. This blower was a trash find a few years back and I've just been acquiring parts to bring it back to service.
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You can download Ariens manuals, parts lists, and service manuals here:
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OK, as per that model number, the online Ariens doc (owners, service, and parts) docs show that that *IS* a 10000 series, has the non-worm augur gearbox, and says "MP90" gear lube (An Ariens item - I recall the 90W gear lube was the 'generic' and what we always used on ours. The "ST724, ST824, etc. are somewhat general model designations that also applied to that series . . .

Based on your photo in the other thread, the augur clutch like that with the lever on the handlebars makes it a 1973 or 1974 . . . .

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Your Ariens you have a helicon gear(non brass)......GL5 gear oil I would assume. Listen to the Ariens boys on here and All.



Craftsman(Murray) I Believe is Brass worm gear so GL4 gear oil or safe for yellow metals gear oil......I believe your manual says it is sealed from the factory and to go to your local service agent. Do you have a

But double check your service manual.


Is there a fitting plug on your Craftsman Auger gear box???? If so and Brass this is a good one:


https://www.summitracing.com/parts/bpo-023-7729

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I suppose I should update this. So the Ariens I have is a 910962, apparently also known as a ST724, not a 10000 series. I was able to clear some gunk off the body and reveal the stamped in model number. Does this model still have a hypoid gearbox?


I don't have any of the original manuals. This blower was a trash find a few years back and I've just been acquiring parts to bring it back to service.
That is indeed a 10,000 series blower. I own a 910962 also.

https://scotlawrence.github.io/ariens/Page5.html

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