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Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower?

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Dave Mischler

12-16-1999 13:29:51
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I just finished clearing 3" of new snow from my driveway. The drive hasn't frozen yet, and is on a hill, so it isn't easy to keep the blower from throwing a lot of stones when the slope changes.

I have a Meteor 75" blower by Forage King. It has fixed skids. Anybody have a reason why adjustable skid shoes are a bad idea on a blower? I'm thinking of getting some shoes that were made for a heavy rear blade and mounting them on the sides of the blower as close to in-line with the scraping edge as possible.

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Steve

12-16-1999 18:18:11
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 Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Dave Mischler, 12-16-1999 13:29:51  
Dave, I just bought the same blower. I am disappointed at how high the shoes make the scraping edge. I had hoped to avoid the need for modification by buying the blower new, but I think some add-on slotted plates on the sides are in order. Maybe something with a channel for bolt heads on the inside, so you could torque down the shoes with nuts facing outward. Incidently, the dealer told me I didn't even need the skid shoes on my asphalt driveway. I want the blower to last, and I will use it on unpaved areas too, so I bought them anyway. Now I need a milling machine!

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Dave Mischler

12-16-1999 21:04:14
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 Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Steve, 12-16-1999 18:18:11  
So you have factory skid shoes for your Meteor blower? How much did they cost? What do they look like? You say they are not adjustable enough? I assume they mount using the two 5/16" holes 6" apart low on the sides of the blower.

I used my blower last year and had the same problems until everything froze solid. I'm sure a lot of the stones I threw today are the stones I raked back onto the drive last spring.

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Steve

12-16-1999 23:32:25
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 Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Dave Mischler, 12-16-1999 21:04:14  
They are hard to describe, but they are very heavy duty. They bolt into the holes that you mention (except the holes in mine are 1/2"), and they follow the contour of the bottom of the blower. The left and right shoes are different because they are offset to bolt on flat, clear the lip on the bottom of the blower, and tuck underneath. They are 14" long, and there are two sets of mounting holes. One set of holes sets the cutting edge up about 1.5" and the other set, 2.5".

When we settled on a price for the blower, the shoes were kind of a bargaining chip, but the list price was a whopping $70.

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Dave Mischler

12-17-1999 05:19:36
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Steve, 12-16-1999 23:32:25  
Thanks for the info. Would it be possible to drill some extra holes offset to the left or right 1 inch, and at the 3/4" and/or 1" level? Or do you think the shoes would no longer fit? If it will work, this might be a better alternative than milling slots.



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Steve

12-17-1999 05:37:21
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Dave Mischler, 12-17-1999 05:19:36  
The problem is that the shoes, when bolted right to the side plate, go partially under the blower. The skid plates plus the brackets welded to them are an inch thick. I'm thinking that the thickness of slotted plates could extend the shoes out so that they'd clear the bottom of the blower. When I get a chance to take another good look at it, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I will probably not use the skid shoes on my driveway, and I think they will work great as-is where I park trailers and on gravel. I assume you have gravel. The factory shoes might be big enough to float your blower on gravel even before the ground freezes.

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paul

12-16-1999 22:08:07
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 Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Dave Mischler, 12-16-1999 21:04:14  
I would hate having skid plates out on the side of a blower - in MN the snow gets a lot deeper than 3 inches, wouldn't want the resistance out there.

My blower has 3 fixed skids. For the most part I can adjust it pretty well by changing the length of the 3-point arms, and a lot by changing the length of the top link of the 3-point. This tilts the blower up or down.

However my pto liked to bind (too much angle), so I extended the bottom 3-point arms by 2 inches, and that gave me a lot mor flexablity.

--->Paul

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Steve

12-18-1999 07:02:14
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to paul, 12-16-1999 22:08:07  
Paul, I hadn't considered the added resistance from extending my skid shoes out. I'll keep that in mind. I've never even had a chance to use my blower, but it has got to be easier to push than the 8' category-2 back-blade I've been using. I'm in Minnesota too. Now that I'm ready, where's the snow??



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paul

12-18-1999 20:05:28
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to Steve, 12-18-1999 07:02:14  
:) I have a friend that bought a snowmobile 2.5 years ago. Here in southern MN. Well, you know, she's used it about 3 times......

--->Paul



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Dave Mischler

12-17-1999 05:28:38
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Adjustable skid shoes for snow blower? in reply to paul, 12-16-1999 22:08:07  
I know what you mean. I live east of Buffalo, NY, and sometimes catch the northeast corner of the snow belt from Lake Erie. We got over 100 inches of snow last January and the blower was great then. But when I only have a few inches it's hard to deal with the slope changes on the driveway. I'm going to see what I can find or fabricate.



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