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Power max 826OXE impeller bolts and skids

Bought new in 2011 and last weekend I snapped off two bolts on the impeller shaft. I ordered them from the dealer and they are a grade 5 bolt. Doesn't it seem strange that a "shear" bolt would be a grade 5?

Secondly, my skids had worn through the horizontal metal and allowed the auger to hit as it went around. These skids are metal but must be real soft, but are reversible so I did flip them.
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Good thing you flipped them Myself and many others use a paint stir stick under the cutting edge when we set our skids up. this way we leave 1/8 in of snow on ground if you do not have a super smooth driveway. I have a set of SnowBlower Armor skids
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Are saying the shear bolts are grade 5 due to the markings on the heads - or does the package say grade 5? I wouldn't think that's the case.....




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TORO uses grade 5 bolts only. no BLOODY shear pins. ALOHA From the paradise city.

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Those skids wear out no matter what brand of snow blower you have . Now what did you hit to brake those grade five bolts

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There are a lot of options out there for skids.
Not sure what your stock Toro skids are like but I upgraded my Troy to stock Ariens skids. I was in a hurry to use the machine and went to Homedepot since they had them in stock. They were much thicker and like yours they were double sided where the stock ones were single.
There are also plastic ones and they seem to last a good long time plus they don't scratch concrete or asphalt the way metal will and they don't leave rust stains inside your garage if it's sitting on concrete.

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Are saying the shear bolts are grade 5 due to the markings on the heads - or does the package say grade 5? I wouldn't think that's the case.....
The bolts I picked up from the Toro dealer had 3 lines emanating from the bolt head center, indicating a grade 5 bolt. The only bolt better is a grade 8 which has 5 lines emanating from the center. I agree with you, I would not think that's the case either. Seems to me, that a common Ace Hardware bolt from the bin would be a better choice. The "only" reason I could think for using the grade 5 bolt, is that it might shear better than the softer one which might bend and lodge in the shaft. Just thinking out loud.
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Those skids wear out no matter what brand of snow blower you have . Now what did you hit to brake those grade five bolts
I wish I knew. I did my driveway 3 times, my neighbor's driveway three times, and broke through the snowplowed icepacks in front of four drive ways before loaning it to my neighbor down the street. He did his driveway and then called me to say the snow no longer was being thrown out of the chute. I assumed it was clogged, which it was, but then when we cleared it, discovered the impeller did not move. Took it home, let the snow melt out and that's when discovered the broken bolts holding the impeller to the shaft. I found two small pieces of the bolts in the bottom but not the bolt head. I have since replaced the two bolts with the grade 5 bolts, but haven't used it.
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TORO uses grade 5 bolts only. no BLOODY shear pins. ALOHA From the paradise city.
But aren't they too hard to shear? Also, they look like a normal bolt, no small indent to allow for breakage like a real shear bolt or pin. Just doesn't make sense. I felt so compelled to verify the bolts, that I called customer service and they confirmed that they are indeed grade 5 bolts. Guess that settles it.
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But aren't they too hard to shear? Also, they look like a normal bolt, no small indent to allow for breakage like a real shear bolt or pin. Just doesn't make sense. I felt so compelled to verify the bolts, that I called customer service and they confirmed that they are indeed grade 5 bolts. Guess that settles it.

On a Toro they say the gearbox is strong enough to handle it and it's the belts job to slip.

Not saying I fully agree but that's how Toro explains the Grade 5 bolt in the auger.

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