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Hey guys,

We ended up with 18" or so of wet heavy snow here in CT. On my last long run down the driveway the caster stopped spinning. Luckily the 446 and plow was in the garage ready to take over, so most of the driveway is cleared. I just went out to the garage to see why the caster stopped. I was thinking I picked up a rock but there was no rock. The roll pin was sheared on the large pulley so it is an easy fix. While I am at it I am going to replace the 2 bearings tha go on the drive shaft as well...parts are on order. The caster performed flawlessly until the pin broke but I suspect because I pushed it so hard today the Caster did what it was supposed to and the pin sheared to avoid further damage.

More snow on the way for this weekend ! :letitsnow: :winterrules: :letitsnow:
 

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If I were you I'd take it back to the shifty guy who sold it to you and demand my money back! :sidelaugh:
 

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Bart,

I got the snocaster of CL and rebuilt it...with the exception of the drive shaft bearings which I will do now. I bet that shifty guy has extra roll pins in his parts stash.....I will have some now too! :sidelaugh:
 

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Heh, consider yourself lucky it's only a minor inconvenience. Imagine if you didn't have the plow and that had happened at the beginning! :thumbsup:

I wanted to replace those bearings on mine, but that pin was rusted and didn't move when I tried to knock it out. The bearings seem OK, smooth and tight, but just a bit noisy, so I let it go. Hope I don't regret it.
 

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Bill,

That is the same as mine...just noisy but still ok. I was going to try and get through this year but now that the pulley is off I figured it is a good time to finish the job right :thumbsup: :letitsnow: :winterrules:
 

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Hi Tom and group,
Roll pins as installed are subjected to crevice corrosion and will corrode in time. As installed they attract moisture and need to be replaced periodically.
And Bart, I am not the shifty guy that sold Tom the snowblower just the 448!!!
D--n Scottsmen!!! HaHa!!!
Bob MacGregor (Mad Mackie) in CT :sidelaugh: :letitsnow: :winterrules: :mrgreen:
 

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I got 6 new roll pins tonight and had the caster earning its keep within ten minutes. The new bearings are on the way and I will change them out once theis storm system passes next weekend :letitsnow:
 

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similar situation here except i got a bit aggressive with the caster in the slush and banks and the pulley itself broke! i'm not thinking the pulley is original as its too flimsy.. or maybe its just worn out... early 70s case 44 with big caster... lets hope i didn't sell off all the pulleys in my parts horde... either that or its time to hunt around... or have something built up
 

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I discovered a sheared rollpin (spirol pin actually) with the first snowfall of the year... Just took a bit of time getting the remnants out. Luckily it was an easy fix, and runs like a top...
 

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Funny, in the same storm our snowcaster started to lose "oomph" in throwing snow-initial examination indicated the tension spring wasn't tense-but further research showed the fairly new belt had been burned down to half thickness.

She just won't back down when the poor motor bogs...
 
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