So, I've had the snow blower for two years (this will be going into the third season), but in reading stuff here I realized that I hadn't been lubing it properly, so after a sloppy wet mess of a storm were I had the chain jump off I decided it was (far past) time to properly lube everything.
Gear oil replaced & all grease fittings on all shafts/joints back to the pto - done.
I was just using gear oil on the chain prior to this, so I picked up some proper chain lube. Go to put the chain back on and tension it properly, and it seems like there may be a "kinked" link, but after a proper lubing up and many rotations all seemed well. To be on the safe side I picked up a new chain to have on hand.
Next, we function tested - all seemed well. (Had the SIL sit on it and run the pto while I went around and looked at everything with a flashlight).
So, we just had another light, but sloppy storm. I had planned on just scraping the front asphalt with the blade, but it turned out to be freezing up by the time I got to it, so ended up doing some scraping and using the blower to move the piles. This worked out well. Given that it looked like at least a week before we got more snow, and what was left in the other areas could stay if need be, I decided to "stress test" the blower and see what may break before the next storm.
It went well, no problems. However, the chain, now properly lubed and tensioned, just sounded way too loud for my tastes, so I have decided to just replace it with the new one.
I had noticed that there was no master link on the old one - or at least none I found. Nor is there one on the new one.
Am I to assume that I have to disassemble the entire damn thing in order to replace the chain? If so, should I just consider cutting the old one off, then cutting the new one and installing it with a master link?