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Question Where to find OLD style skids (Pics)

I have a old Craftsman snowblower: Model C950-52379-5 I am looking for skids that fit this model, I have been searching for some time but just can't seem to find them. I also have the original manual with part numbers but it seems the numbers are obsolete. If any one knows where I might find these it would be much appreciated.



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Just take them to a local welding shop, and have them repair them, and have them run hard bead over the bottom.

Or once they repair them, drill and put some poly material on the bottom surface.
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I did try some poly/plastic material on the bottom, just heated it and bent it up around to the solid parts and fastened , it worked okay for a short time but when it got really cold it just broke apart.

I thought about the welding shop but around here it would probably cost more than the machine is worth I will check that out if I can't find replacments.

I did a temp repair today with what I had laying around, won't last long but will get me through until I can find some new ones I hope.

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Could the rear mounted honda skids be made to work?

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Thanks for the idea, I checked out what I could online and not so sure they would work, but if I get desperate I might revisit that idea.
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I weld-repair the steel skids on my 10,000 series Ariens Sno-Thro machines. All you need to do is get some steel strips welded into the worn out locations.
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Some thoughts:
  1. Perhaps a heavy duty 90 degree corner bracket could be bent to match the angle. https://www.ebay.com/itm/L-Type-Stai...cVKKGmavcfiHUQ
  2. Perhaps a Honda rear skid would work? https://www.boats.net/product/honda/...RoCk5wQAvD_BwE
  3. Perhaps it's time to upgrade to side-mounted skid shoes?
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slightly off subject to get a point across.. In doing a lot of auto restoration work,one gets used to hand making, NLA or no longer available items .not available even as reproduction, so before this bug locked down my state , i was doing a 1928 ford model A sedan delivery which ford made about 30 of , most of the wood and steel has to be hand made. the rear body reinforcement wood had to be shaped by hand, normal 2 door sedan metal turned into sedan delivery, but it was making headway.

for the OP , the shape is simple 2 slots, a few bends and a weld so with NLA as the main issue it looks more like one will have to custom make or weld up and reinforce the old one's.
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I weld-repair the steel skids on my 10,000 series Ariens Sno-Thro machines. All you need to do is get some steel strips welded into the worn out locations.
Definitely something I'm going to look into if I can't find replacements. Thanks
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Some thoughts:
  1. Perhaps a heavy duty 90 degree corner bracket could be bent to match the angle. https://www.ebay.com/itm/L-Type-Stai...cVKKGmavcfiHUQ
  2. Perhaps a Honda rear skid would work? https://www.boats.net/product/honda/...RoCk5wQAvD_BwE
  3. Perhaps it's time to upgrade to side-mounted skid shoes?
All great idea's! I'm just starting to look into the side mounted shoes, the 8 H.P. version of the same machine uses side mounted shoes, and from what I can tell they are still available. The other bonus is I just noticed the "chute" on my machine looks like it is pre-drilled to accept these. Pretty sure this is the way I'm going to go since the originals seem impossible to find.

Thanks for the info!
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