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I have seen 3-4 different posts that talk about or show pictures of an interesting (to me) modification. People have pulled off the skids and added wheels.

On a few, I have posted for more information. Mostly, where are the wheels from and additional pictures from the inside of the bucket. I think the main question is what wheel and sealed bearing they are using that they have had success with.

One guy said he bought his wheels at Home Depot, but I could only find assembled caster wheels. I didn't get a reply to model/item number specifics or a better description.

Today, a new member (RoyP) posted in a thread that was discussing Armor Skids that he has a new machine and may put wheels on it, like his older one.

So, I thought I'd start a new thread to get more specifics. Plus, maybe some feedback from anyone that tried wheels and went back to skids.

Note, I have a well insulated garage where I store my blower. It is not heated. However, almost all of the time, when I use my machine, all of the snow from the prior blowing has melted off (I hand clear the majority of the snow). So, I'm not overly worried about freeze/thaw, but it is probably one of the main issues to get more feedback from.
 

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I can only see it might help in his situation as mentioned his blower melts away all snow and ice? otherwise the frozen wheels become skids and flat grinded.
 

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I'm guilty of having created a couple versions of the wheel-thing. Had a similar setup on a old yardman that worked for years. But I have to say, the only reason that I do this it because a have a couple gravel driveways, and a long brick sidewalk. Each of these require change the height during a single event.

If it wasn't for a need to make quick adjustments, I wouldn't bother with wheels. I think the biggest drawback is the additional width to the auger housing which can restrict the ability to cut through a bank..... as a result I'm contemplating creating a fender.... maybe.






 

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I wish I had my old machine to show you the wheels that I had on it....using a angle iron (Home Depot) and the 1.5" swivel caster (home Depot) I mounted mine on the outside of the auger assembly......very little drag when going through the snow banks....there was absolutely no drag on the machine, except when you ran the wheel into the grass. That's to be expected. I have the Honda HS1132.....I will be putting casters on this as well.
 

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I still dont understand why anyone would bother, when there is nothing wrong with skids.

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Well, skids do wear down eventually. I'll more than likely never have any wheels on any of my blowers though. I made a set of skids this past summer to put on my Toro 521. Made 'em out of HDPE. There's some pics of them around here somewhere....
 

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Micah68kj: I like your skids....but aren't they going to wear now quickly. I had wheels on my old Wheelhorse......they were great....can't wait to put them on my Honda.....but I have to figure out what's wrong with the auger height peddle first.
 

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Wheels keep coming around (no pun intended) but I don't get it. I don't see how they will much more than fancy ice encrusted skids when they are out there working in any kind of a serious storm. Also they they either need to be wide making for a lot of resistance or skinny providing poor support on tender surfaces. Keep it simple.

I will say that there are some clever looking retrofits shown above but knowing how ice packs onto cold machines I'll pass.

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Micah68kj: I like your skids....but aren't they going to wear now quickly. I had wheels on my old Wheelhorse......they were great....can't wait to put them on my Honda.....but I have to figure out what's wrong with the auger height peddle first.
They may possibly wear down. I don't know. But I won't have any rust marks on my pavement and I made them long enough to go up over any obstacle (uneven sidewalks etc) without bumping. And, I can always make more! :D
 

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I was at Sears a couple of days ago and noticed their new machines are fitted with some sort of soft (HDPE?) skids now.

I did the "wheels" experiment for a season or so, and then they developed flats spots when they froze up with slush/ice during a session. I guess if you wanted to replace them annually, they'd be OK. They were outstanding in terms of not doing damage on a wood deck.

One thing that bothered me about them was their width . . . I felt like I couldn't get as close to edges and garage doors, etc., as I'd like.
 

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Best of both worlds. -(circa 1962) These are made if steel. The originals had worn down to the smaller circle, that you see on the wheel. They were still round, even after 50+ years of use. I guess they never froze up. I added some rings, to bring them back to size.

Guess you could make the same thing out of somewhat thicker non metal material, with a steel axle bushing -- John

 

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Best of both worlds. -(circa 1962) These are made if steel. The originals had worn down to the smaller circle, that you see on the wheel. They were still round, even after 50+ years of use. I guess they never froze up. I added some rings, to bring them back to size.

Guess you could make the same thing out of somewhat thicker non metal material, with a steel axle bushing -- John

Pretty neat, John. I've been up your way at least three times in the past month. Bought a generator from a guy in East York and picked up some other items as well.
 

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Pretty neat, John. I've been up your way at least three times in the past month. Bought a generator from a guy in East York and picked up some other items as well.
I'll bet your three trips have been on a "Saturday" Joe. :D
 

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I'll bet your three trips have been on a "Saturday" Joe. :D
Yep! Every one of them was taken on "Saturday". :D (Gosh but I love being retired!)
 

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Discovered one interesting thing about wheels vs. skids with the recent Buffalo snow.

As in my sig line, I have an old Ariens (with skids) and an equally old Snowbird (with steel pizza cutters). With the combined weight of the front end of the Snowbird and the pizza cutters, I didn't have to lift up on the handlebars of the Snowbird AT ALL to get down through the harder packed snow closer to the driveway....it took it right down to pavement by just letting it chug along and do its job. Since I have partially torn rotator cuffs, lifting up on the handlebars after a while makes my arms pretty sore. Not so with the 'Bird.
 

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I bought a set of snow blower attachment wheel skids this winter. Half the winter on me wheel fell of the other one is coming apart,don,t know why you sell junk like this,a loltr of money for thin kind of junk.30.00 dollars.jin hutchins. Hooksett nh. [email protected]
 

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Hi there!

We recently went from a plow guy (friend that left the state) to an old Troy Bilt (to make sure our drive could be cleared with a snowblower) to a 2017 Ariens 28" deluxe. Like you, we have ~100' of asphalt, some concrete sidewalk, and a big chunk of gravel drive to work with.

J_ph, I really like your design of the quick adjust wheels for gravel, then pulling them up to use the skids on the asphalt and concrete. Did you purchase the wheels and brackets special, or pull them off of a lawn mower. I can't seem to find just the wheels and brackets

Thanks! Alex
 
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