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post #1 of 32 Old 01-28-2011, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Suburban - Custom Blower IMPROVEMENT (PIC HEAVY)

Well I too had the big disappointment with the sears snowblower and the wet snow/slush this week. I also know that part of MY difficulty is the lack of hp with this tractor (ONLY 10hp)

I searched in the forum and on the web and I found references to an add on for the impeller which can be purchased from the following web site... Clarence's small engines http://smllengns.tripod.com/index.html

It reportedly boosts the throwing distance "30%"

Being the cheapskate that I am, I didn't want to pay for this improvement. I set out to reinvent the wheel.

I bought hay baler belting from the local TSC. It is a reinforced flexible rubber about 3/16 thick and is sold by the foot . It comes in a variety of widths, but I bought the 7 in type.



It will be bolted to the paddles on the auger. This rubber will seal the gap between the housing and the paddle which throws the snow. On my blower the gap was between 3/8 to 1/2 in



I measured and cut the belting using a sharp utility knife.



I then cut a piece of steel bar stock with holes, which I already had. It was about 2 in wide.



I then clamped the rubber and bar stock to paddle so that the rubber brushed against the housing.



I then used a LONG drill bit



to drill down through the discharge chute and the auger and rubber.

I tried to use the pre-made holes in my bar stock, but you wouldn't need to do this.



I used a 3/16 drill for this to mark the locations for the bolts. Next, I used a 1/4 bit to finish the holes from the other side.



I used stainless machine bolts with nylock nuts & flat washers, because it was what I had, If I had to do it again, I would recommend hex head bolts.



I also used anti seize on the bolts, just in case I need to remove them later



These photos show it assembled.





And here is the the assembled machine



Now I just need to wait for more snow to try it out again, I'm sure that it didn't make it worse.

I'll let you know when I know more.
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can't wait to see how it works

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Me too!!! Isnt there some snow in your yard that needs cleared?

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Guys

I hadn't thought of snow blowing the yard!!

Talk about more seat time!

Clear the yard with the blower and then re mount the Deck to mow the yard! (The neighbors already THINK I'm crazy... this might just be enough to convince them!!)

Seriously

I can't drive the tractor, work the blower, and take photos or video of the blower in action all at the same time.

After my wife gets home I'll see what I can do...
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Re: Suburban - Custom Blower IMPROVEMENT (PIC HEAVY)

That should help, I think I remember someone doing something like that back a while ago. Maybe on the Sears yahoo group ?



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Tripod plus Camera = Snowblowing video

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Thanks Hugh

I do understand that a tripod will also hold the camera. BUT (see above) I'm cheap. My wife got home after dark tonight so I'll try it in the AM.

FWIW ... I do have a camera, But I have no tripod

I'll try to post some video tomorrow.
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if your wife is busy, try using a stool, garbage can, etc, they work as well

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hugh is desperate for video

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I have the same set up on my BCS walk behind snow thrower and it works great. The rubber keeps the snow from building up in the drum. Dale
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Most of my problems with the single stage snowblower I have on my Suburban 12 is the fact the chute clogs too easily when the snow is wet and heavy,along with the fact it wont throw it very far...

A friend who works for the highway department tells me he uses an Airens walk behind blower at many city buildings on sidewalks,etc,and he got tired of it always plugging solid in this snow,despite using all kinds of silicone sprays,cooking sprays and even used motor oil in the chutes,it was a temporary fix at best...

He considered making a liner out of PVC plastic pipe for the chute,but found it difficult,as it would need to be flexible and bend--he tried a peice of that plack plastic well pipe and it didn't clog up,but limited the amount the chute could be rotated and bent to throw the snow where you wanted it to go...also tried parrafin wax and other similar tricks without much success..

Then one day while plowing city streets,he saw an older guy using an identical Airens to blow his snow,and it was the typical wet cement/slushy crap we get here often,and his Airens had clogged almost instantly at a school he was clearing sidewalks with a short time earlier..he decided to stop and ask the guy what his "secret" was,to keep the blower chute from clogging..

The guy told him he took the aguer out of the blower housing,and coated the auger,the chute interior,the auger housing and the impeller with fiberglass resin!..he said nothing sticks to it,not even wet snow,and the fact his blower was working erfectly proved it..

Now my friend has done that to his Airens and some of his plow blades,also the undersides of his mower decks (he runs a landscaping bussiness on the side in summer and does snow removal in winter also)..I'd like to try this,but I dont have the money or ambition to dissasemble my blower and buy the resin---bet it'd be a big improvement..


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Re: Suburban - Custom Blower IMPROVEMENT (PIC HEAVY)

Well here is the VIDEO...

First the snow

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NOW the BLOWING...



Click on the picture to see video

I also upgraded my 5hp MTD 2 stage walk behind...

Again the snow

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The BLOWING...


Click on the picture to see video

ITS A CANNON. It blows the snow 20+ feet!

I have to be careful with the neighbors!

This is a MUST DO for those who are disappointed with their blowers...
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looks like it paid off well...good idea...

how expensive is that belting? and is it rigid/flexible enough to use as a flap on top of a plow,to keep snow from blowing over top?
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The belting is a pretty good buy. It was about $6 a foot for the 7in wide stuff I bought at TSC.

I bought 2 ft, but easily would of had enough with only 1 foot to do both blowers.

The narrower belting that they had (5in and 3in I THINK) is less.

I think it would be stiff enough yet flexible enough to use at the top of a plow.

That's another good idea!
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