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Had a new 900 foot + asphalt drive installed last fall and I want to use my 54" snowblower but I don't want the steel skids grinding away on the asphalt. Are there any quality UHMW or comparable feet available? Maybe the scraper bar too?
 

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UHMW polyethylene is easy to machine using ordinary woodworking tools. If you have easy access to remnants, you could probably make what you need.
 

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Had a new 900 foot + asphalt drive installed last fall and I want to use my 54" snowblower but I don't want the steel skids grinding away on the asphalt. Are there any quality UHMW or comparable feet available? Maybe the scraper bar too?
I just installed a set of these: Robalon A150BS Snowblower Skid Shoes

Quite pricey but if they last as advertised, I don't see replacing them anytime soon. It also helped that Small Engines Parts Warehouse is only 10 miles down the road from us.

Concerning the wear bar...I couldn't find anything commercially online and ended up buying (what a believe better that JD) wear bar from Heavy Hitch. John Deere 2 Stage Snow Blower Blade / Wear Bar / Scraper / Cutting Edge

FYI...the wear bar comes with hardware (stainless steel) but no hardware was provided with the shoes.
 
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Concerning the wear bar...I couldn't find anything commercially online and ended up buying (what a believe better that JD) wear bar from Heavy Hitch. John Deere 2 Stage Snow Blower Blade / Wear Bar / Scraper / Cutting Edge

FYI...the wear bar comes with hardware (stainless steel) but no hardware was provided with the shoes.
Hmmm... I was not aware that HH made a replacement wear bar. Thanks for the tip. I see it is ~$10 more than the stock JD part but given that it is made from better material and includes SS hardware that's not a bad deal.
 

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Well, I got impatient and decided to make my own skids. Actually, skid "covers or skis" might be a better description since I just attached them to the stock skids. These are quick and dirty but just might work, for a while. I'll be testing them today.
 

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Well, I got impatient and decided to make my own skids. Actually, skid "covers or skis" might be a better description since I just attached them to the stock skids. These are quick and dirty but just might work, for a while. I'll be testing them today.
They look good, but you may have issues getting a close clear of the drive now, as you added thickness to the skids, and I don't know that they can go "up" enough to compensate?
 
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They look good, but you may have issues getting a close clear of the drive now, as you added thickness to the skids, and I don't know that they can go "up" enough to compensate?
I was thinking the same thing. He will probably need to mount them on the outside of the housing. That's where I've always had mine mounted. Worst case he can drill a couple extra mounting holes to accommodate the new higher position.
 
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Yep, mounting to the outside will allow a more appropriate position. I darn near cut the stock steel skids off of the mount after drilling the first hole. Broke two drills and had to resort to "step" drilling from 1/8 up to 1/4" to fit the 1/4-20 grade 8 bolts. They must use some high strength steel on those skids to keep the wear at a minimum. Went through all that trouble only to use the plow instead. Too darn windy here today for the snowblower. Maybe next time. :unknown:
 

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Bringing back an old thread but I have a newly paved driveway and am looking to protect it from scratches from my 54 inch snow blower mounted on my 1025R when snow blowing this winter.

If I replace the wear bar with, say, a 1 inch thick piece of UHMW (screwed into from the top to a depth of 3/4 inch or so, thus leaving a 1/4 inch for wear) will I even need skid shoes? Or are skid shoes important because they take the "weight" of the snow blower and the wear bar should be up higher than the skid shoes by 1/2 an inch or whatever? If so, I would get a pair of UHMW shoes. I guess I'm asking if it is ok for the "wear bar" to become a "scraper bar", or is the wear bar just there to protect the snow blower housing? How would a person get a clean scrape right down to the pavement though, if the wear bar is in the air, relative to the skid shoes?
 
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