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Don't laugh but I have a pair of Craftsman single stage 2-stroke blowers and on both of them the auger rubber gradually wore down or came off the steel augers. My cheapo fix was to drill out the rivets and remove the worn or loose rubber, and then cut, drill, and install 5/8" or 3/4" heater hose using 1/4" grade 5 bolts and washers and locknuts.

It's a little work but one heck of a lot cheaper than paying for a new auger...:)
 

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sound like a good idea for others that have the same snowblower as you. how does it handle snow with the new rubber
 

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sound like a good idea for others that have the same snowblower as you. how does it handle snow with the new rubber

Just great...the rubber is a little thicker than OEM because you compress the hose but for a single stage blower that is auger propelled it's a great fix. I tried to make the lengths of new hose as close a length as possible on the auger in case balance was a factor but it doesn't seem to matter much. I really think the idea would work well on any blower that uses rubber on the augers.
 

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Will have to keep us updated on how the hose wears. I know people do similar things to the impeller on 2 stage blowers except they generally use old single stage paddles or baler belt.

I have also heard of people using sidewalls from old tires to replace auger rubber pieces.
 

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I should clarify the fix...would post pics but my phone cam will not upload to my computer...I just cut the hose to length and leave it fully round and install it with the bolts...they compress the rubber in places but it does not seem to matter much. Have been using the fix on the auger of a 5 hp 22 inch single stage blower on a concrete drive for 3 years now and it does not seem to be wearing the hose much.
 

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Welcome to the forum JD. Could you post some pictures of the install? Sounds interesting.

Never mind, we posted at the same time.
 

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sometimes i just drill new holes in the rubber a 1/2 inch away from the the original, or somestimes i will just flip over the rubber
 
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