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Rust welded augers ....

This is the very reason you have to keep your augers free spinning, and well lubed, counting on the shear pin to do its work Ö and never use a hardened bolt in place of a shear pin.
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Yeah, this was a Craftsman my neighbor gave me, he bought a new machine ... hope he takes care of his new one better than this one.
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So far Iíve repaired 2 Ariens a craftsman and a Troy bilt that looked like that.

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man. i've got a real nice auger that won't come off the shaft. heated it, let it soak a couple days, reheated, pounded it, even put in a vice and used a 6 foot bar to try to move.

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It took me awhile to get these augers off this shaft on this Craftsman.


I heated with the good Benzomatic pistol gun, using MapPro gas, tapped it, all while rigging a harmonic puller against the backside of the end of the auger blade. All the while spraying it with Trizol (best penetrating spray in my opinion) Heat, spray, tap, pull .... note also that I had an air gun on my puller , which also shocks as it pulls. .... Took a long time, and even let it sit overnight with great tension on the puller. lol ... When I started , I thought no way , but I knew I would get it with my perseverance.... rust welding is some serious stuff.....



Btw, I found and ordered the gear on the auger shaft for 19.97, + 6.99 shipping from a place called Flip Manufacturing in Texas.
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oneacer -- I'm having a hard time visualizing this: "a harmonic puller against the backside of the end of the auger blade." Any chance you have a picture of this set-up? Stuck augers are a real pain, yet with regular diligence (and heat and plenty of penetrating spray, pressure and tapping) they EVENTUALLY come off!


I heated with the good Benzomatic pistol gun, using MapPro gas, tapped it, all while rigging a harmonic puller against the backside of the end of the auger blade. All the while spraying it with Trizol (best penetrating spray in my opinion) Heat, spray, tap, pull .... note also that I had an air gun on my puller , which also shocks as it pulls. .... Took a long time, and even let it sit overnight with great tension on the puller. lol ... When I started , I thought no way , but I knew I would get it with my perseverance.... rust welding is some serious stuff.....



Btw, I found and ordered the gear on the auger shaft for 19.97, + 6.99 shipping from a place called Flip Manufacturing in Texas.[/QUOTE]
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@gsnod,


Yes, here it is,works very well.


I just repainted the bucket unit, and my brass auger shaft gear should be here today. I also tapped the augers and put in new Zerk grease fittings, and will be packing the auger gear case with "00" grease.


FWIW, ... I also through in a photo of my new XTrac going on one of my Ariens. They rims were rusted bad .... I cleaned them up and ditched the tubes, and installed valve stems, as the new tires are tubless. I only use tubes on my split rims.
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I'll have to try that jig setup oneacer.....I've got quite a few Ariens augers that I've been putting off freeing up.....
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