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Old 12-20-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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first winter with a second hand blower and the PIN tag is confusing. pin just thru shaft does that let it free wheel..with no drive WHY? then the way I have it thru the wheel and shaft but it says don't do that?....thanks lost..would you pin one wheel thru shaft just on one side?

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If you put the pin through the wheel on both sides, turning the machine is a bear. If you allow one wheel to freewheel, it you'll be able to turn the machine on a dime. As long as one wheel is pinned, the transmission will drive it.

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What Dan said but with both wheels pinned you get better traction in extreme slippery conditions. It's a tradeoff between traction and maneuverability that you have to decide based on your personal preference. In most conditions just one wheel gives you adaquate traction.
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The wheels should have on the backside, some kind of gear or notches, to allow them to engage into the driveshaft. When you have them set out away from the driveshaft as they are, you can move the unit, without having to power up to engage the driveshaft.

If you have the mfg & model#, but no book on it, check with the local Farm & Home store that has a small engine shop. They should be able to print you a copy of the manual.

Reading the label I see it as I stated above. Some units have it that you have to set the wheels, then drop the pin to keep them set on the drive shaft. There is no two different ways of setting the wheels.
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thanks..but what does that "do not line up wheel pin hole with axle pin hole" doesn't that give me drive on both tires?are they saying either or but not both tires...
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thanks..but what does that "do not line up wheel pin hole with axle pin hole" doesn't that give me drive on both tires?are they saying either or but not both tires...
It's basically saying if you use the outer pin hole, don't put the wheel hole over the axle hole.

My Toro has the same setup.
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thanks..but what does that "do not line up wheel pin hole with axle pin hole" doesn't that give me drive on both tires?are they saying either or but not both tires...
See above. If you place the rims on the shafts, and turn to engage into the notches on the shaft, they should both seat so that the pin only goes through the shaft, not the hub of the rim and shaft.

Just going by the picture and when I had to help my Father in law the last time him & I changed the oils in his unit a year ago. You have to pull the wheel on the side that the drain plug for the oil is.

All the units are different, in how the manufacturers setup the drive for the wheels. You will only find out, by pulling the pin, turning the wheels until they slip far enough on the shaft, to allow the pin only to go through the shaft.
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got it..... they don't want you to use the outer pin hole ....on the 2 pin hole side for the wheel lock up (inside only) outer hole for free wheel...the shaft will walk and the woodruff key might come out on the drive shaft.other side of the shaft the wheel is one hole only pinned to locked to the shaft when the drive handle is depressed...during plowing....

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