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Old 01-07-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Hi;
My snow thrower is only in it's 2nd season, but I am noticing some very light wear at the edge of the scoop. It's from hitting uneven sidewalks, etc and just normal wear. Unfortunately, much of the area I need to use the machine on is concrete, which is much harder on the scoop than asphalt is.
I am wondering if there is a strip of Teflon that I could get to place onto the scoop to protect it from such wear.

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Old 01-07-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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Teflon will not protect the bottom edge.

You need to select a slower forward speed.

Go too fast and the bottom edge catches on a crack or bump with a tremendous "THUNK", the snow blower bucks and bobs, and the bottom edge can get deformed.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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I am wondering if there is a strip of Teflon that I could get to place onto the scoop to protect it from such wear.
Ayuh,... You mean the cutting edge at the bottom,..??

It's a replaceable/ adjustable wear part...

If it's scrapping to much, adjust the front skis down abit, or the cutting edge up....
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I did mine with UHMW, high strength plastic, sharpened on the bottom. But it is a wear item as mentioned.
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Hey, thanks for pointing out the fact that the shave plate is a replaceable part, as are the skid shoes.

I have been running the machine at the lowest speed on concrete, and any area where it tends to catch. I have found that a slight downward pressure is necessary on the handle to keep the machine from catching and bucking on concrete.

I have thought of raising the skid shoes slightly, but have not yet. They are at factory default setting.
The reason why I am hesitant to do so, is that I will then leave a film of snow/ice on the surface. But I suppose I should experiment.

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I have thought of raising the skid shoes slightly, but have not yet. They are at factory default setting.
Ayuh,... You Lower the skids, or Raise the cuttin' edge.....
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Ayuh,... You Lower the skids, or Raise the cuttin' edge.....
Sorry about that. I meant lowering the skid shoes. My bad.
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Hey, thanks guys, for advising me on lowering the skid shoes
I did it yesterday, and it snowed overnight. What a difference! No bucking on the concrete, and I was able to run as the 2nd notch instead of the 1st which I had been using pretty much exclusively.

In the instructions, there was a line that I had apparently completely missed during assembly. It said that the skid shoes had been put in the up position for shipping, and that they should be adjusted as necessary.

I am pissed at myself for having overlooked something so obvious. When the machine was bucking on the concrete, I just thought it was normal for that surface. I was getting around the problem by putting constant downward pressure on the handle, which basically caused the scoop to ride slightly higher and allow a smoother ride on the concrete.

Don't know what I thought the skid shoes were there for.
Funny thing is that I did read the instructions prior to assembling the machine. I guess I got distracted. But I really should have been able to figure out what was happening when it was bucking. Now, I have used the machine a total of six times, and, I think that had I not come here and posted about wear to the shave plate, I might have run it another five times before figuring this out.

I have to seriously re-think my thinking... like, re-program my brain??
If only I could plug myself into a USB port and get it all done. Then I wouldn't need to come on here and ask questions that sound so dumb

Thanks again

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Ayuh,... Glad to hear it worked out for ya,....

'n Thank You for comin' back with the Update,...
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