Who's ready for Winter?

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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby JLazar » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:06 am

Gosh, I hate to sound like a complainer. Over here at my house, I can honestly say I never pushed so much wet, heavy snow! We have been receiving a severe beating since about 3pm yesterday. Accumulation has to be near 15" at this point, as the snow continued to fall.

Report on my model 72: Now I know what having a "loaded" snow blade is all about. This wet snow is a completely different animal. First gear took it all the way, and straight blading was most effective. I run the K241 at around 3/4 throttle, above luging the engine. Plenty of power, however with much snow piled in the blade, I'm not getting that designed "roll" off the blade thus loosing traction on a new set of 4-link V-bar 10.5" tire chains.

Had plans to travel down to my friend's house to push, but there is just no way.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby JMotuzick » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:28 pm

Sounds like kenis ready for spring!

As for the wet stuff, I say it almost every year.... you mix west guys need to move east! All our snow is heavy and wet! :o
The rare storm is that dry older you get. Just gota Plow every 3 inches. If not better put a blade on your hauler! The. You can plow every 6”, at least that has heat and a radio :D
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:38 pm

Hey there Joe, I thought I just fixed this thing yesterday and cover it back up.
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Let's talk about that.
Wrecked my good shirt.
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Popped in oil pan on car. High car. Don't matter.
Truck has bad bearing in front differential.
Road impassible with a car.
Can't go to work, stir crazy, stuck home with Wife watching weather channel.
Well anyway, the power is still on.
Yeah, I'm ready for Spring. :lol:
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby chzuck » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:08 pm

I am hoping for one good snow to test my QA42 thrower since I changed the auger speed. Instead of going the speed up sheave route I increased the sprocket size on the driver sprocket for the auger. That the auger is the only thing turning faster than before. Probably not the speed increase that the larger sheave would produce, but I hope the change is noticeable.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby dag1450 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:30 am

Well Charlie....looks like middle of the week noreaster #4 might drop some snow.
Was that sprocket hard to change? I thought that was welded to a small shaft....but just going from memory? How many tooth change are u talking? Good job!
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby ReicheP » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:58 am

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Did someone mention a mid week storm?
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:05 pm

Dave, it's pinned not welded. Agrrah another pin! :?
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It sure looks like there's plenty of room for a larger sprocket, Charles what did you go up to :?:
Here's what the stock replacement from McMaster - Carr would be, I don't recall now if there was lathe work involved or not.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:37 pm

Two cents more while were on it :P
The driven sprocket for the two paddle auger can be replaced. One cross bolt removed and the unit slides out.
Here's what one looks like-
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Now with the four paddle auger it's a whole nother story. The entire unit is part of one welded assembly.
But a suitable replacement would be this-
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Who wants to throw snow now anyhow :lol:
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby chzuck » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:09 pm

dag1450 wrote:Well Charlie....looks like middle of the week noreaster #4 might drop some snow.
Was that sprocket hard to change? I thought that was welded to a small shaft....but just going from memory? How many tooth change are u talking? Good job!

Only one tooth. I have not done the math to see how much it will speed up the auger. It got a work out today. Had around 11" of wet stuff and I was very happy with the performance.
The sprocket is pinned to the shaft. The ones that fellow is selling on ebay looks exactly like the original, but with 1 more tooth.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby chzuck » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:11 pm

dag1450 wrote:Well Charlie....looks like middle of the week noreaster #4 might drop some snow.

Right you were. We got around 11" of wet stuff. The snow wanted to push ahead of the auger, then went through all at once. Found out the rpm was down on the 147 and the belt was not tight enough. After those adjustments it worked great!
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby JMotuzick » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:34 pm

11”? More like dust here! Gone already too! The stuff from last week is trying to melt too:-)
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby dag1450 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:50 pm

We had 11" here as well. These last couple snows just confirm for me how I need a blade. Plowing with a loader bucket stinks.
Charlie... yeah you must have had some belt slippage....cause I don't think I ever had the QA plowing snow. Now....I do think I was always moving at a slow creep. Good job on the modification!
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:55 pm

I did not burn much wood last Winter so most of this stack is at least 2 years old.
It's time to start moving some of this stuff inside, the bottom two rows seem damp.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby dag1450 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:56 pm

Why didn't you burn as much?.....wore a jacket in the house all winter? :lol:
Or....did you just bite the bullet and turn the oil burner on? ;)
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:37 am

No jacket required Dave, I was toasty warm all Winter long using oil heat exclusively.
I was pretty banged up for about 14 months and only lately things have begun turning around.
At the time shucking cord wood was simply out of the question ;)
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby Klapatta » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:00 am

It's time to get ready. I still have a cord and a half to bring down to storage.
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Two machines need to be set up as well. The 102 will be a simple tire change out but the 126 is going to need that, deck removal, and install the QA42.
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Re: Who's ready for Winter?

Postby dag1450 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Ken.... how did you split all that? I heat with Lp.....but if I ever did use wood....I would get a power splitter and have a wedge with multiple wedges on it. Talk about mass production baby! One pass and u have 6 splits :thumbsup:
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