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I have a 54 front blower on my 2320 and got to use it this thanksgiving for the first time in the 14" of snow we got here in NH. Unfortunately we got a slight thaw before the snow and the skid shoes dug into my gravel driveway. Does anyone know of a larger skid shoe (footprint) that I can use for early/late season snow blowing that'll distribute the weight better and solve this problem? I'm a machinist so redrilling a new bolt pattern is not a problem but I have no access to welding equipment so if my only option is to machine a larger skid shoe and weld it to the bracket I'll have to farm that job out. Thanks in advance for the help!
 

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home made skids to protect driveway from skid marks

High impact strength thermoplastic Polyethylene 1/2" thick mounted on the bottom of the steel skids is exactly what I did. It is supposed to be good wear against driveway. Make use of the two holes already on the skids. Drill holes in plastic to match and c-bore so the 1/4" screw head sits inside the plastic. Attach screws with 1/4" nuts, washers, and lock washers. I also heated and bent the plastic to follow the contour of the steel skids. Sorry no photos, even if I did I have no clue how to post them.

This place sells the plastic I used. I'm still on the first pair I made 3 years ago.
http://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic/hypact_uhmw_polyethylene/528
 

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Years ago, I removed the skid plates on my blower I had and made mounts to use rubber tire caster wheels . Really worked well, no pictures as it was about 30years ago on a wheel horse snow blower.
 

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I had the exact same problem with my 54" blower and my gravel driveway. I tried widening the OEM shoes and it didn't help. Then someone turned me on to replacement shoes from SnowBlowerSkids | Replacement parts for your snowblower

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These are 16" long and have plenty of height adjustment to clear the gravel. Last season was the first use for these new shoes and they worked MUCH better than the stock shoes. Sorry I don't have any actual photos of my shoes. I will have to wait until the weekend as it is dark by the time I get home from work.
 

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Sorry for the late follow-up to this post. With it being dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home it doesn't leave much time for playing outdoors.

I had a chance today to snap some photos of the SnowBlowerSkids.com shoes I installed on the 54" blower. I used these last season and they were a big improvement over the stock shoes. While I did use the stock mounting bolts I added some stainless steel fender washers that I picked up at the hardware store. They do a better job of keeping the shoes in position.

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My driveway is gravel but I also clean out two of my neighbors who have paved driveways. I drew an alignment mark on the side of my blower which allows me to quickly adjust the shoes for gravel or pavement. This gives you a good idea of the range of adjustment these shoes provide.

I also finally got around to painting the tip of my drift busters orange as it can be very difficult to see those black bars when blowing snow at night.

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I guess I'm about as ready for the snow as I am going to get.

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Sorry for the late follow-up to this post. With it being dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home it doesn't leave much time for playing outdoors.

I had a chance today to snap some photos of the SnowBlowerSkids.com shoes I installed on the 54" blower. I used these last season and they were a big improvement over the stock shoes. While I did use the stock mounting bolts I added some stainless steel fender washers that I picked up at the hardware store. They do a better job of keeping the shoes in position.

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My driveway is gravel but I also clean out two of my neighbors who have paved driveways. I drew an alignment mark on the side of my blower which allows me to quickly adjust the shoes for gravel or pavement. This gives you a good idea of the range of adjustment these shoes provide.

I also finally got around to painting the tip of my drift busters orange as it can be very difficult to see those black bars when blowing snow at night.

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I guess I'm about as ready for the snow as I am going to get.

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Do you have a part number for the skids you used?

I'm about to pick up my SB1148 from dealer and i'm sure my nearly 1/4 mile long gravel driveway is going to give me problems.
Especially when we don't get a super freeze before the snow and the ground is unfrozen.
 

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Do you have a part number for the skids you used?

I'm about to pick up my SB1148 from dealer and i'm sure my nearly 1/4 mile long gravel driveway is going to give me problems.
Especially when we don't get a super freeze before the snow and the ground is unfrozen.
I'm sure I could probably dig up the original part number but I'm not sure that would help you with a SB1148. These shoes come in different lengths and hole spacings. The best approach would be to go to the website and they show you how to determine which length and hole spacing will fit your application.
 

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I'm sure I could probably dig up the original part number but I'm not sure that would help you with a SB1148. These shoes come in different lengths and hole spacings. The best approach would be to go to the website and they show you how to determine which length and hole spacing will fit your application.
Yep, thanks.
I just looked again and when i clicked on the "buy" button it came up with all the individual shoes , hole spacing, and lengths.
I'll measure up the 1148 when it gets in. Supposed to be "at or before Jan. 1".:nunu:
 
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