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stumpy

42" blower parts scavenging

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stumpy
Greetings all, I have a 42" blower (probably a #745) that I used last year on my B-112. I've replaced the auger bearings, but had a few problems last year that weren't quite rectified. The shaft assembly and belt pulley aren't so hot, and the belt guard I made with frozen hands didn't do a completely stellar job of keeping belts from eventually going to pieces. Still, with regular wrenching last year she did a heckuva job chucking snow at my place in the Cascades...impressed the heck out of me actually. Anyway, before I headed off to the wild blue yonder recently I took the tractor, blower, and my H-D blade to my grandfather's in case he needed it this winter. Decided since I'm on-line for a wee bit I might try to do some "long-distance" repair work (if I can locate parts an old pal living there can pop up and do the minimal wrenching involved). So, if anyone out there has a defunct or partially parted 42" single-belt blower out in the back-forty, I could sure use a proper belt guard (part #171211 I believe). Nice but not absolutely necessary would be a pulley (#171248) and a shaft assembly (#106757). I made belt stops for the front of the B-112 last year that work nominally...wouldn't mind a couple of old factory ones to replace 'em either. If anyone has a boneyard out back I would surely appreciate it if you could give a look-see next time you're out "parts-farming." The old girl fired right up after several months of pseudo-storage when I loaded her a few weeks back...what a grand sound. Put the weights and chains on when I dropped 'er off and mounted the front blade, but a fully functional blower would be a load off of my mind relative to grandad's situation. While I didn't mind messing with it last winter on a regular basis and expanding my questionable language base at the same time, he's 90 and beyond that kind of regular thing, although in darn good shape for his age. Everything's tweaked properly so my old friend could just swap the parts and hitch up, with any luck. Thanks again and godspeed to everyone,

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Kris, Yup, I believe so. Looking at the parts blow-up in my manual, the guard snugly covers something more than half of the pulley circumference and clamps onto the shaft housing. When I rescued my blower from a junk-shop backyard it didn't have a guard. In fact, someone had carried a longer shaft clear through the starboard side of the blower and an external bearing/housing, mounting the pulley externally. Looked like they had it set up to run on an old JD 110, etc., with a pto running off the right side of the engine. I whacked the shaft and returned things to normal, but the shaft/housing/pulley were pretty nominal when I got it. When the heavy snow hit I had to cobble a guard and adjust things the best I could, with reasonable success, but I know a proper shaft/housing/pulley/guard would make her hum along happily. Even cobbled together last year, the old girl impressed the heck outta friends and neighbors....chucked snow over hill and dale, even when I was attacking 2-3 feet of snowfall....stopping now and then to wrassle with a new belt while uttering less than gentlemanly asides in the dark ;). The fact that green belts were my only immediate option probably didn't help much either. Can't remember who it was, but someone here inspired me to make center mounts for Wally World 25# barbell "wheel weights" for the B-112 about that time too. Cheap and mighty slick way to add 50# to each side! Worked great and even looks good. Is your blower pretty much destined for the implement graveyard in the sky? I'd hate to have parts removed from a reasonably viable piece of equipment. I surely do thank you for the offer. Send you a PM shortly. Thanks again,

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Bob, I had stripped all the parts off that I needed and yes it is destined for the scrap yard, in fact it's in the scrap metal pile ready to be loaded up and hauled off with all the body parts from the 76 Chevy truck. I did send you a PM

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