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Garandman


Location: South Boston, MA
Joined: Mar 10, 2005
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U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Original Message   Jun 4, 2005 7:24 am
I've put together the tractor unit for the 1970 Ariens I've been refurbishing.

The new Intek OHV engine interferes with the original crank, which was a straight rod. Other Ariens blowers use tow universal joints to change the angle. Only issue is they're about $25 each at the dealer.

Any reasonable alternatives? For $50 I can probably find an entire parts snowblower.
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robmints


Joined: May 13, 2003
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Re: U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Reply #1   Jun 4, 2005 8:53 am
A short piece of hose and hose clamps.
cleanmaxx_brian


"At least I am enjoying the ride"

Location: Wantagh, Long Island, NY
Joined: Mar 12, 2005
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Re: U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Reply #2   Jun 4, 2005 10:05 am
An old Craftsman 1/4 or 3/8 or even 1/2 inch drive universal and tac weld it.

Brian Chang

Ariens 8526LE, Bradley 32" 12.5HP walk behind mower, Echo BP200 blower, Troy Built 4.5HP Pressure Washer,  Craftsman 4.5HP Yard Vac, Homelite line trimmer, Scotts 21" high wheel mower, MTD 3.5HP Edger.

robmints


Joined: May 13, 2003
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Re: U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Reply #3   Jun 4, 2005 10:05 pm
http://www.mcmaster.com/

6445k3

About $8.50.
Garandman


Location: South Boston, MA
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Re: U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Reply #4   Jun 5, 2005 7:21 am
Great ideas everyone .  One of the ujoints has to disconnect with a hitch pin (to drop the blower housing and change belts). So I'll try the McMaster Carr choice.
Garandman


Location: South Boston, MA
Joined: Mar 10, 2005
Points: 340

Re: U Joints for Ariens snowblower shute crank
Reply #5   Jun 7, 2005 3:08 pm
Got them today They're a lot more substantial than the OEM version, I might even replace the ones on our ST824.
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