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Re: What do i need to get my SnowBlower ready for the winter
#1   Oct 18, 2009 5:53 pm
INGuy wrote:
I looked at the pics of your machine, and I don't actually see any zerk fittings on the augers, unless they happened to be turned to the back side out of view.  Perhaps someone familiar with Craftsmans can comment on whether they have them, or double check your manual to be sure.  It should say under the maintenance section.

At any rate, if you have them they would look something like this.  This is on my Ariens.  The zerks are circled in red.  The shear bolt is circled in blue.  The shear bolt should be removed so that when you pump grease into the zerks, you can spin the auger blades around freely to spread the grease around the auger shaft evenly inside.  Pump grease into them until you see it push out the end of the auger shaft.  The goal is to fill the space with grease to keep water and rust out.  Replace the shear bolt when you are finished.

Here is a close up of the zerk fitting so you can see what it looks like.  It is wider in the middle so that the tip of the grease gun can "snap" onto it.

Here is what the grease gun looks like.  The 4 flanges inside the end are what snap onto the zerk.  You can see grease in the middle of them here.

Hope this helps.

Wow Thank you for the detailed reply

I went and took some pictures of mine,They look like Zerk Fittings,so looks like all i need is a grease gun and grease now:)

Here is a picture of my blade & the rust I have between the blades

Re: What do i need to get my SnowBlower ready for the winter
#2   Oct 16, 2009 4:42 pm
I don't know what Zerk Fittings are so I'm lost on that

Here is the link to the fittings,not much info at all

I also see they have Metric and SAE ones

This is the Gun I was thinking of buying
Re: What do i need to get my SnowBlower ready for the winter
#3   Oct 16, 2009 3:17 pm
Hi again

Would anyone know what size "TIP" you use for your Grease gun to grease the Auger shaft,

I can not find any info on this and my owners manual tells me when I should grease the shaft(every 25 hours or every season) but doesn't say what size the nipple is on the auger even says what kind of grease to use

I even went to sears and they have never heard of having to grease the auger shaft(Manager Women says we have never done that and have owned one for 20 years)

I don't want to spend $20 on a 50PCS kit for one "Tip" for my Grease Gun to figure the size out you know

I can get a nice close up picture of the Nipple if that will help anyone with telling me the size

I even have the part number but doesn't give me any info on sears site

I never thought maintaining a snow blower is this hard
Re: What do i need to get my SnowBlower ready for the winter
#4   Oct 6, 2009 2:05 pm
Thank you for that big reply

I did not see anything said about Greasing the Owger shaft

Was just told today that I should grease it,Not sure on what Kind of Grease to use through

also it's stored in my Garage,I also should say when I had ice I just left it melt
Re: Snowblowers: Honda, Ariens, Toro, or Craftsman
#5   Oct 5, 2009 11:58 pm
I don't think height is something you should really be looking at(they all seem to be the same height now),I more would be looking at what your wife/son can handle weight wise,when they have to turn the machine around etc (Dead weight)

The reason i say this is because i'm maybe 5'7 and bought this in Jan and never had a problem other then my arms get tired when doing the ice/snow from the plow at the bottom of the driveway as I have to re-postion it even through I have 6 Fwd Speeds and 2 reverse ones.

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