Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:03 pm

Well... for those who are so adamantly against a plastic chute,MTD has a lifetime warranty on theirs, the chute is plastic but has a metal base/swivel/mounting point ,I've never seen one of theirs fail . Those Craftsman units were made by Murray in their ship going down years .
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: Dennis On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:14 pm

NJJoe wrote:Hey Dennis, great mod! How do those wheels perform when the snow is deep? I can;t really tell but is the weight of the snowblower riding on those wheels and the skid plate no longer used anymore? Adjustable height too!

Yes,the wheels hold up the snowblower from riding on the skags, with the adjustable wheels "floating" snowblower on the skags to 3"high.I had to put the adjustable wheels in front to fit thru my basement door.I'm going to try to reverse the wheels behind the blower housing,just havn't got that far yet.The wheels cut thru the snow and ride on top of the snow,so I usually keep the wheels adjusted 1/2" and it leaves 1" of snow on the driveway.
Dennis
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: Crow Horse On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:22 pm

Dennis wrote:I have the same snowblower also.I have a stone driveway and the stones beat the hell out of the machine.After the first time using I put adjustable lawnmower wheels on the front and keep the scraper blsde up about 1" above the stones and it's worked for 8 years now,except this year I picked up a larger rock and wedged in the auger and sheared the brass worm gear,all is now fixed.


Sweet! Do you think a larger diameter wheel would improve things a bit?
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:16 pm

I've had good luck welding plastic. I usually grab something HDPE and melt it down over the damaged area. Just fixed the massive fuel tank leak on my Toro doing that.

Thankfully I haven't come across any plastic-chuted machines in for repair yet. I'm not a big fan of anything MTD, or Craftsman products with an engine. Guess which units I fix more than any other? ;)
SMITTY
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:07 pm

I service & repair lawn & garden equipment full time, that's my business we do a lot of the MTD units... because there are so many out there. I would be happy doing only MTD products as they are the easiest to work on,get parts for & as reliable as any in the same price class,so far MTD has parts available further back than others as manufacturers keep moving their "obsolete" date forward.Just my observation from being in this business for 10 years after working in various shops over the years including the overpriced green shop with its L-series,SST units, & 4000 series tractors.The plastic chutes actually work better than the steel ones,less weight,less rust,smoother flow ,but the plastic mount/rotater,s that some companies used did not hold up well at all .
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
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Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:11 am

I see the last 3 or 5 years that the Toro snow blowers all have not only plastic chutes, but the entire upper part of the auger area is plastic. I expressed doubt to the dealer & he says "They are guaranteed for 5 years, no questions asked". I asked "And how are they holding up year 11?" He didn't answer. I don't know.... As plastic ages, it gets brittle. Some of the exotic plastics like Delrin might be different, but these snow blowers are not Delrin for sure. For those that are looking, Ariens chutes are still all steel on their two stage blowers.

My Ariens is now 9 years old and looks close to new. I don't anticipate rust for another 8 or 9 years. Yaaa, the first 6 or 8 inches of the chute is free of paint but I keep that coated with super duty silicone spray.
Freddy
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:28 am

Freddy, Ariens makes a good snow blower & i was not belittling a steel chute,most people don't take care to apply anything on where the paint gets scrubbed off, that is why i said the plastic works better.Have to account for the average user,not the above normal capability of folks like yourself. You do realize that for many folks today ,any "maintenance" is something that they have no clue about. That of course is something you already know, being on the coal forum does seem to enable most members to do far more than the average person,look at how quickly CH repaired his chute when another member posted pics of their repair,quite the handy bunch on here .
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
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Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: mwcougar On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:14 pm

I have 2 craftmans... one is close to 7 years old and the other is 4. the seven year old one I used down on the apartment/ now cabin driveway.... couple of stones and ice cracked the upper part of the shute....4 years ago...it would blow half and just drop half back on driveway... decided to really duct tape the outside to help the plastic.. worked so far.... also using silicon spray does help even with platic shute and inside the auger.
like the idea here of using sheat metal.... may do some work on her in the spring.
mwcougar
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:20 pm

Heyyyyy......... How about a steel chute with a $5 replaceable plastic liner? I'm now a millionaire! Ahhhh... where do I collect?
Freddy
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:29 pm

I had two 1970's era snowblowers that still worked as well as the day they left the showroom. Try that in 40 years with anything built today. ;)
SMITTY
 
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:44 pm

My old snow blower was a 1967 Jacobsen, ran about 30 years, threw a rod and that was that. My new machine is a 1973 Ariens, picked up on the side of the road, installed a new governor spool, and good as new.
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Re: Craftsman Snowblower Plastic Chute.......DIY?

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:28 am

27 years ago a friend of mine bought a yardman snow blower. At the time I wasn't impressed as it had belt drive & only 5HP. I told him it wouldn't last long. LAST WEEK it died. Idler pulley wore through the housing and the other pulleys & bearings weren't far behind. I guess my first instinct was wrong. Last Friday he borrowed my van to go pick up a new Ariens. There was some ribbing there as the local Ariens dealer is a pain in the butt.....but, he had the product & his price was right.
Freddy
 
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