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    54" snowblower impeller build

    I hate how far this thing throws snow compared to my old Gravely 44" blower. That thing was a beast. I took some pics of the impeller before I sold it so I could fab a new one based on that design.
    First pic is the John Deere impeller. Very poor design to say the least.
    Second is the Gravely impeller.
    Third pic is the disk that I cut from a saw blade. I cut it on the mill with a rotary table down to 12" and cut the center hole larger to make sure it was centered.
    Forth is the center hub with a hex cut in the end for the drive dog and sheer bolt.
    Last is the hub on the disk with locator slots for the blades.

    I need to get some steel for the blades and cut them out all the same, put a bend in them for the scoop and weld all together.

    I hope I will be impressed with how it will work, if not at least it will be better than that plastic POS
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    A lot of folks have swapped the poly impeller for a steel one and have gotten improved performance (myself included). You are the first person though that I've seen try to build an impeller from scratch. I'm anxious to see your finished product.
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    Are steel impeller replacements still available from inventory? (Just in case I fall over a new blower.)
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    I like the idea but I am not sure a saw blade is the correct backer. It is a high carbon steel and if you weld the blades on it I think under load it is going to fracture at the weld and it’s thin enough to flex. You might be better off with 1018 steel disc for the backing plate.
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    Not to be a smart a?? why reinvent the wheel, in this case, the impeller? I have seen many posts with members replacing the impeller with the steel one with results that made them happy.
    Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    I like the idea but I am not sure a saw blade is the correct backer. It is a high carbon steel and if you weld the blades on it I think under load it is going to fracture at the weld and it’s thin enough to flex. You might be better off with 1018 steel disc for the backing plate.
    This was my thought as well, while the idea is good, I think the wrong materials are being used to start the project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Are steel impeller replacements still available from inventory? (Just in case I fall over a new blower.)
    Yes. As anyone who currently has an older 47" blower that would need a new impeller would want to replace it with the same type.

    Part Number: AM109105
    Part Price: 324.16 USD
    GFP shows it as well:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Yes. As anyone who currently has an older 47" blower that would need a new impeller would want to replace it with the same type.

    Part Number: AM109105
    Part Price: 324.16 USD
    GFP shows it as well:


    Is the 54 different from the 47? I was under the understanding the only difference was the actual width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    Is the 54 different from the 47? I was under the understanding the only difference was the actual width.
    That is correct, they are identical except for the width. BUT... the early 47" blowers came with a steel impeller. The later 47" and all 54" blowers have a poly impeller. There were some rumblings that some of the very early 54" blowers also had a steel impeller but I have never seen evidence of that nor does the parts breakdown support it.

    The steel impeller will slide right on either blower without any additional parts or modifications.
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