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    Snowblower shoes and cutting edge - thoughts and opinions wanted

    Please remember that I am fairly new to tractor and implement ownership but don't let my naivety cloud/ease your comments.

    I bought a 4" x 60" UHMW cutting edge and UHMW shoes for my snowblower. My questions are these:
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    1. I cannot fit the shoes on the inside of the blower with the new cutting edge installed. Is it OK to have the shoes on the outside of the snowblower?
    2. In the future I may purchase solid stock UHMW and make my own shoes if I need to. They were pretty expensive (IMO) to buy ($60/per shoe). I'm assuming that this has been done before?
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    3. I could notch out a portion(s) of the cutting edge to get the shoes to fit on the inside of the snowblower if that's what I am supposed to do. Should I do notch the cutting edge?
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    4. I drilled the holes in the middle of the cutting edge to attach it to the snowblower. I figured I could "flip it" around to have another cutting edge if the first one wears down. Was that what I should have done?
    5. I used 1.5" carriage bolts (heads on the underneath and not recessed into the UHMW but drawn tight) to attach cutting edge. Is this the correct way to attach the cutting edge?
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    6. I am attaching a profile pic of the cutting edge. The bevel edges are on the bottom when it is attached to the snowblower. Is this the correct way to position it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orono View Post
    I bought a 4" x 60" UHMW cutting edge and UHMW shoes for my snowblower. My questions are these:

    1. I cannot fit the shoes on the inside of the blower with the new cutting edge installed. Is it OK to have the shoes on the outside of the snowblower?
    Sure. You can attach the shoes to the inside or outside. I have the shoes on the outside of my blower as well. You just have to be careful as it is easier to snag them on something when they are on the outside of the auger housing.

    2. In the future I may purchase solid stock UHMW and make my own shoes if I need to. They were pretty expensive (IMO) to buy ($60/per shoe). I'm assuming that this has been done before?
    I'm sure it has been done before by folks who have the required machining equipment and skill.

    3. I could notch out a portion(s) of the cutting edge to get the shoes to fit on the inside of the snowblower if that's what I am supposed to do. Should I do notch the cutting edge?
    It is totally up to you. There is no right or wrong. Mount them however they work best in your environment. Try them on the outside for the first winter and then make changes as needed. Most everyone needs to make changes to their snow removal setup as time goes on.

    4. I drilled the holes in the middle of the cutting edge to attach it to the snowblower. I figured I could "flip it" around to have another cutting edge if the first one wears down. Was that what I should have done?
    If it fits properly and makes contact with the ground (if desired) then it sounds like you have it correct. I would mirror the way the original steel cutting edge was drilled and mounted.

    5. I used 1.5" carriage bolts (heads on the underneath and not recessed into the UHMW but drawn tight) to attach cutting edge. Is this the correct way to attach the cutting edge?
    How was the factory cutting edge bolted on? On my snow blower the carriage heads are on the top with the nuts on the bottom. That makes for a smoother path for the snow entering the auger housing.

    6. I am attaching a profile pic of the cutting edge. The bevel edges are on the bottom when it is attached to the snowblower. Is this the correct way to position it?
    Again, I would mount it in such a way to have it oriented the same way the steel cutting edge was. It has to work just like the steel edge did. My steel cutting edge angles down towards the pavement, sort of like you were using a putty knife to scrape up the snow.
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    I have mine mounted on the outside,no issues.
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