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Floppy Handles on old blowers

As I sit waiting for it to snow (LOL), I was thinking about next summer's maintenance. I have two Craftsman snowblowers 1980s vintage. The handles that activate the augers and drive are a bit loose from age and wear. Has anyone on the forum who has worked at restoring these machines ever repaired this and how ? I am thinking next summer about filling the hole in the handlebars with JB Weld and re-drilling. Not sure if it would hold. Any input from the group?

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I have a Toro 521 that has the floppy lever syndrome and have tried in vain to get my hands on a set of good used ones.Toro blowers aren't that plentiful around here.A set of NEW levers are ridiculously expensive(as are most Toro parts)-I just can't get myself to pay half of what the blower costs used,for a couple of pieces of stamped tin.

However,I was studying the problem last winter and found that I had made a false assumption-that it was worn/oversized holes in the levers causing all the slop.I removed the pivot pins and discovered they were worn through to almost half their original diameter causing most,not all, of the play.

I took some new bolts of a slightly larger diameter than the old pins,bored out the handlebar holes to accommodate them and found this tightened up the levers considerably-still a LITTLE wiggly but I can live with it.

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Yeah, you can make a few mod's to improve things. you could even drill it out to a point where you can fill the tube up with JB weld, then drill a hole thorough for the bolt. Problem solved......




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Find a plastic bushing at your local bigbox store in the fasteners section . try for an ID near the same as your current bolt . drill the handlebar to match the OD. Chop off length as appropriate. Done
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It would help to see the handles you're talking about. I've sleeved a couple in the past, thought about heim joints on one but didn't do anything on it. Most likely it's a bolt that's worn (in many cases) so examine what you have and likely will come up with a solution.
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These are the blowers in Question. Sorry - I do not have a closer picture.
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Mid-1980s Craftsman C950-52677-7
8/25 Tecumseh HM80
1983 10/32 Craftsman C459.52252
HMSK110 re-power
Southern New Brunswick near Bay of Fundy
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Some guys will use a piece of conduit and make a sleeve and crush it down a bit if needed. Quick fix is use hose clamps at the joints..... but if you fill it full of JB and drill i out, you can really bear down on the bolts and keep things from wobbling out. That big boy there could use some chains - they really help with the flat "lawn" tires. I have one just like that...... could suck up a school bus if your not careful!




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I actually bought a set of chains for the big one a couple of weeks ago. Got them on sale for $28.00 CDN or about $20.00 US at Princess Auto at a 60% off sale. Curious to see what it will do at the end of the driveway.

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HMSK110 re-power
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That looks like one giant size impeller.

With the indentations on the sides of the bucket, I assume these were Murray built Craftsmans....
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The smaller one 8/25 is a Murray(1980s). The 10/32 is an MTD (1983). I have owned the small one for 4 years. Picked up the big one this fall from a dealer for $250 CDN approx $175. US. It came powered by a HMSK110.

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1983 10/32 Craftsman C459.52252
HMSK110 re-power
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