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I have a SB48 Snowcaster and I am trying to remove the auger to replace the bearings. There are 2 bolts on each side that go into the auger. I was able to break them free but they will not turn out. It sounds like what ever they are threaded into is turning. Any ideas? Am I missing something?

link to parts manual (go to page 14 for snowcaster)
http://eastmanind.com.mytempweb.com/Lin ... &tabid=196

The other issue on the drive shaft to the snow caster I can not get one of the set screws to break free, Any ideas before I drill it out? I broke 2 allen wrenches.
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The auger bolt goes in to a short axle stub. This has a 3/4" hex on it and must be held to remove the bolt. You need a very thin 3/4" wrench ... like an old tappet wrench. When I first started working on these I found an old POS wrench and took the grinder to it ... thinned down and now used for nothing else.

As for the drive shaft bearing set screws, these are often rusted beyond consideration. New bearings should have retainers with them, and you won't easily get the bearing off either ... I go straight for the high speed cut off tool ... sacrifice the bearing ... why else would you be taking them off?

When reinstalling the chain and driveshaft, leave both sets of bearing clam shells loose until you have the chain tension set. Then the shaft sets up with no bow in it ... tighten them both after you like the chain tension.

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bhildret said:
The auger bolt goes in to a short axle stub. This has a 3/4" hex on it and must be held to remove the bolt. You need a very thin 3/4" wrench ... like an old tappet wrench. When I first started working on these I found an old POS wrench and took the grinder to it ... thinned down and now used for nothing else.

As for the drive shaft bearing set screws, these are often rusted beyond consideration. New bearings should have retainers with them, and you won't easily get the bearing off either ... I go straight for the high speed cut off tool ... sacrifice the bearing ... why else would you be taking them off?

When reinstalling the chain and driveshaft, leave both sets of bearing clam shells loose until you have the chain tension set. Then the shaft sets up with no bow in it ... tighten them both after you like the chain tension.

Brian
Brian, Thank you very much for the advice. It is much appreciated, I am sending you an pm for a quote replacement bearings.
 

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bhildret said:
Thanks, Mark ... I've got the auger and driveshaft bearings in stock for the SB48.

Brian
I just sent an email to you, The snowcaster is actually a SB42, when I looked at the tag to get the serial number to include in the email I noticed it is a SB42.
 

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I am somewhat upset with my stupidity and not checking, I bought a SB48 and received a sb42 when my tractor was delivered. The snowblower does measure 38 inches then add the wings which extends 2 inches each side to give the 42 inch width. The reason I wanted the 48 inch width is for backing up after making the first pass so I am not climbing into unblown snow. I always assumed I had the blower I wanted and the tractor was just wider then I thought. Now I realize the tractor is just under 42 inches wide and if I would have gotten what I ordered I would be cutting a much wider path making backing up after the first pass much easier.
 
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