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Over shoes for skids.

Just wondering if anyone has ever done this. I often run a path thru the yard to blow the snow for a path for the little lady to walk the dog. I try to tilt the machine back so the scraper doesn't dig into the grass but I still do dig in now and then. So I want to fab up some sort of overshoes or something that I can easily attach over the Armor skids to keep the scraper up a 1 1/2'' or 2''. I'm thinking of welding something up with metal and fit over the skids and either hold on with thumbscrews or some kind of straps.

But I thought I check out here to see if anyone else has fabbed up so sort of deal like this.
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maybe just raise your armor skids up some, I wouldn't want to drill a hole in my new armor skids. to get around the mustang and the t-bird I have to cut across my grass with the snowblowers. the first time I did it I knew I messed up the grass so when spring came I could see where the snowblower hit high spots. some work with the spade and some grass seeds took care of that

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I'd like to have something that wouldn't require moving the skids. Sort of thinking about a skid I could make with prongs that would extend vertical inside the bucket, welded to a overskid and then a vertical plate welded to the skid that would extend upwards on the outside of the bucket. then either a draw strap up to the top of the bucket or a bolt and thumbscrew to bolt through the side of the bucket. But oopen to suggestions
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I just leveled the dirt and re- seeded grass in the path the snowblowers have to travel through

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How about something the skids could just clip into, sort of like a ski? Or strap an old sled to the bottom of the blower.
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I think I would take a shot at adding some of those adjustable wheel units, that you find on walk behind lawn mowers. Then you could just flip them up out of the way, when not needed. You could even put skids on the axle, in place of the wheel itself. --- John

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Just wondering if anyone has ever done this. I often run a path thru the yard to blow the snow for a path for the little lady to walk the dog. I try to tilt the machine back so the scraper doesn't dig into the grass but I still do dig in now and then. So I want to fab up some sort of overshoes or something that I can easily attach over the Armor skids to keep the scraper up a 1 1/2'' or 2''. I'm thinking of welding something up with metal and fit over the skids and either hold on with thumbscrews or some kind of straps.

But I thought I check out here to see if anyone else has fabbed up so sort of deal like this.
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I've though of doing something for the tractor attachment since it floats and I can't manage the cutter bar height easily. The one concusion I have so far is that it musg be absolutely secure. It's probably not the sort of part you want to find with the machine after it unknowingly gets away. Clips, slip on, not for me.

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I have the same concern. What I ended up doing is having 2 machines in the garage. One setup for driveway and one for the yard. The one for the yard has the poly shoes raised to the highest setting. Having 2 machines ready to go also provides peace of mind in case one goes down, even if it's something minor like picking up a newspaper. I can fire up the other one and finish the job. Then address the issue after a cup of coffee.

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Just wondering if anyone has ever done this. I often run a path thru the yard to blow the snow for a path for the little lady to walk the dog. I try to tilt the machine back so the scraper doesn't dig into the grass but I still do dig in now and then. So I want to fab up some sort of overshoes or something that I can easily attach over the Armor skids to keep the scraper up a 1 1/2'' or 2''. I'm thinking of welding something up with metal and fit over the skids and either hold on with thumbscrews or some kind of straps.

But I thought I check out here to see if anyone else has fabbed up so sort of deal like this.
It may be easier and safer to just have a place where you can adjust the height of the skids , one thick board for the lawn and one whatever thickness needed for the rest .
Kinda takes the fun out of inventing something new though .

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Taking in all your sugg guys. But as 1894 says, I wanna invent something. I have two woodworking projects I'm finishing up in the workshop and then I'm bringing in the Toro, the mig and doing some fab work. I'll get back to ya.
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