This will be our 3rd winter with our 47" snowblower. When we bought it 2 years ago, it was in great shape and only 1 year old but neither the original owner nor myself has checked the oil level in the gearcase. Whereas I understand it doesn't burn through oil like an engine, it has bothered me that I have not been able to check the oil level. This is due to the fact I stripped out the 8mm plug last year. That bugger was in there so tight and I was hoping a ratchet would break it loose but as I mentioned, I ended up wrecking the plug instead. I had previously thought about trying to weld onto the plug and attempt to remove it that way but there really isnt much to weld onto.
Anyway tonight, I decided to take apart the gearcase and remove the side plate in the hope maybe I could get at the back end of the pipe plug. As you can see from the pictures, it is flush on the backside. I post this thread in the hope someone else has experienced something similar with their snowblower and might provide some insight.
Thank you in advance for your responses.