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post #1 of 12 Old 10-10-2019, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Im in the process of repainting my 50 blower. It functions well, but I have yet to try it in snow. I need to remove the auger and following the the technical manual, i need to remove the drive gear off the shaft and key. Im having trouble removing it. Short of drilling holes to use a steering wheel puller, whats the best way? It does not seem rusty, just stuck. I soaked it in ATF/acetone mix and gave some love taps with a hammer so far...







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Use a bigger puller with jaws that can grab the outside of the gear, apply some pressure and some heat to the gear... easy does it and a few more hammer taps to break the nature's seal.

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Use a bigger puller with jaws that can grab the outside of the gear, apply some pressure and some heat to the gear... easy does it and a few more hammer taps to break the nature's seal.
Thanks. Im scared to use a jaw puller and end up bending it. I suppose some pressure with the jaws and some rattling with the impact hammer might help...
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How about taking a large socket or stub of pipe and drive the sprocket on the shaft a little further-1/4” or so to break it free. Also wouldn’t take long to drill and tap a couple of holes. I’ve got quite a few small pieces of steel with 2 odd holes that I have made up through the years for quickie pullers.
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You have loosened the jam bolt correct? It is still in the hole in the photos is why I ask.
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How about taking a large socket or stub of pipe and drive the sprocket on the shaft a little further-1/4” or so to break it free. Also wouldn’t take long to drill and tap a couple of holes. I’ve got quite a few small pieces of steel with 2 odd holes that I have made up through the years for quickie pullers.
Thanks, good idea. I have some scrap metal I could play with...


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You have loosened the jam bolt correct? It is still in the hole in the photos is why I ask.
HAHA, yes it's just sitting there by a thread or 2.
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It came off with the big 3 jaw puller and impact wrench. The cog is pretty stout. Not much rust But looks like hardened grease.

Bearings were toasted after knocking them off with the impact hammer. Time for new ones. I was wrestling with the auger last night for an hour. It's quite heavy, it still wont slide out. The tractor originally lived at a house with gravel driveway. You can see just by looking at the mangled auger edge and pitted housing. There has been prior repairs to bent auger with welding on long bolts along cutting edge.


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Your challenge now will be to get the shaft loose that is inside the auger tube. You'll have to get it one direction or the other to get the auger out of the housing. You might have to throw some heat on it. Good luck!

I probably should have sandblasted mine whilst apart but just sanded it, cleaned up the rust, and used POR15 for priming. My thrower is even better at leveling the gravel driveway than my land plane.

If I'm not careful-this could be me-only blowing snow.
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Your challenge now will be to get the shaft loose that is inside the auger tube. You'll have to get it one direction or the other to get the auger out of the housing. You might have to throw some heat on it. Good luck!

I probably should have sandblasted mine whilst apart but just sanded it, cleaned up the rust, and used POR15 for priming. My thrower is even better at leveling the gravel driveway than my land plane.

If I'm not careful-this could be me-only blowing snow.
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Lqz/allstate-mayhem-lawn-game
That Mayhem commercial looks about right!

Great resto on the 50! I will remove the shear bolt to see how badly stuck it is. Ordering some Timken RA100RRB bearings. I didn't realize how deep I was getting myself into until last night. So much for a quick sand and paint job... Its' snowballing just like when I resto'd the 400
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Got to love those Mayhem commercials!!! Really overall not too bad, augers always take a beating so some bending is really pretty normal. I agree getting the long shaft out takes the most effort. Get the curse jar and a big hammer/sledge out!

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Auger and shaft are out. Only 10 min of twisting and pulling it out. Gave it one starter nudge with the mini sledge, thats it. I lucked out. I plan on cleaning the shaft with wire wheel and slathering it in grease, maybe some antiseize on the ends. Is this the preferred method?

The Auger has seen better days. In the one pic you can see all the rocks that fell out when first removal of the panels.



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Wire wheel and grease was how I fixed up the shaft. I don't remember if I tried to run something through the tube. I might have used a rod and some steel wool. That's the advantage of getting older-I can imagine how smart I used to be. My wife might disagree.
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