Vintage Toro 7/24 snowblower - gear problem Original Message Feb 1, 2009 11:34 pm
My 30 year old 7/24 Toro snowblower (Model 38050) won't go forward in 3rd gear. I have tinkered with the friction wheel and can't seem to fix the problem. For example, when the friction wheel is positioned equally from a) the friction disk and b) drive pulley, none of the three Forward gears will engage, but the two Reverse gears work fine. When the friction disk is positioned closer to the drive pulley, all of the Forward gears will engage, but then the 1st gear for Reverse doesn't work. I have decided that the best "compromise position" for the friction wheel is one where I can use the 1st and 2nd Forward gears (but not the the third) as well as both Reverse gears. The friction wheel seems OK (there is still a good deal of rubber on it) so I am not sure what is going on - grateful for any advice that anyone might have.
There is a procedure listed in the Owners manual for the 38080 which I think has the same tractor components as your machine. The procedure is for adjusting the linkage for loosing reverse but forward speeds ok or visa versa. You may have another problem but going through the adjustment will eliminate the most basic cause.