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post #21 of 35 Old 12-18-2012, 05:57 PM
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hello uhall, welcome to SBF. talon was right, we never did get anymore snow for me to test the skids on and this season is starting lake last season. here it is mid- december and i'm ready to take the goldwing for a ride when i should be looking to test all the snowblowers i pick up. other than a few flurrys and one snowfall that coated to the grass we have had nothing

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Welcome to the forum, and thanks for your input Matt. We are always glad to hear about the products of our sponsors. I especially like your visual of the Grave Digger running over a Prius. Certainly says the Armorskids must work.
Thanks for the welcome everyone (detdrbuzzard and bwdbrn). I just received my skids about a week ago and couldn't wait for the snow. So I broke out the snowblower and was running it up and down my bare sidewalks. You should have seen all the neighbors looking out their windows and doors. I can only imagine what was going through their heads. LOL
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Skids

Here's a little trick I came up with mounting a set to the Searsasaurus.
I didn't want to drill the skids or the housing, and the previous were round disks with a 3/8" bolt.
With a new scraperbar on it, I slipped a couple of pieces of 1/4" ply under it for the gap (one under each end of the scraperbar). I got a set of skids with the 3/8" slot, odd number of slots (5), aligned the center slot to one of the holes in the housing and layed a piece of flat steel on the bottom of the skid and marked it through the hole. I drilled 2 of them with 3/8" holes, cut the opposite end 1/8" shorter from the centerline of the hole. Painted them and bolted it together.

It allows me to mount them using all original holes, no mods. It acts as a stop to prevent the housing from ever dropping if the bolt ever worked loose. I've only had a couple of chances to use it so far but it's worked out great for me.

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If you want it closer to the pavement, flip the stop end for end. If you want different distances, just drill the stop for the height you want or just raise the auger housing and tighten the bolt (It will never drop below your stop limit).

That's it.

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I like it. Neat idea.
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i just ordered a set for the toro 826

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I will be ordering a set. I want them for the Ariens Pro 28. I'd like to get the scraper 2" or 3" off the ground for the long trip back to the shed. I'm thinking about 8" long.
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i haven't gotten a chance to use them on the toro 826 plus to use them i had to use a smaller carrage bolt along with a flat and lock washer. i also put a set on my toro 521 ( no mods needed, ), it will probally see action long before there is enough snow for its big brother

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Paul, you do excellent work on restorations I've seen you post but am curious why you didn't add a second hole to the Searsasaurus skids ?? For the weight of the machine it just seems adding a second hold down bolt would be expected ??

I've had to replace those shouldered bolts on both machines. Used Fastenal .5 shoulder, .5 long and 3/8 16 threaded allen head. Works great on the paved driveway, just need to grease each season.

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[QUOTE=Kiss4aFrog;62810]Paul, you do excellent work on restorations I've seen you post but am curious why you didn't add a second hole to the Searsasaurus skids ?? For the weight of the machine it just seems adding a second hold down bolt would be expected ??
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Actually I thought about adding a 2d hole, but couple of things came to mind. One being the skid still had the potential for slipping down if one or both bolts came loose. The second is that if it's bolted solid and you put pressure on the end of the skid, it has the potential for distorting the housing due to the pressure of the weight on it. The 3d reason is it has the potential to pivot a little if needed using only the single bolt. I have some very uneven spots I plow when I'm helping out my neighbors and this proved to be the best solution. I just keep it snug and no matter what I go over it keeps the housing at a constant height and I have no chance of the bolts working loose and the housing drop.

It's just one of those things I tried and quite frankly I like the way it turned out.

By the way, I still love the skids. They do an excellent job especially if you have some concrete heave or drop due to frost. It's been a fantastic addition to my machine.
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Hey all,
Just wanted to give a shoutout to Bob, at snowblowerskids.com . I am in no way affiliated with snowblowerskids.com. but I did buy a set of the armorskids for my Ariens Platinum 30. My hope was that the longer skid would help alleviate some issues I have with Ariens Traction Control. And so far I've used the blower twice this year, and I have to say it's improved performance considerably. Even if they didn't that's not the fault of the skids! Bob was a pleasure to deal with, and delivery to eastern Canada was fast! Thanks Bob, and I'll be recommending your product to everyone I meet with a snowblower!!
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