Bolens 18148 snowblower improvements

Cat385B

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I've only used this blower once. It threw wet snow about 10'. :mad:

My plan is to put rubber belting on the ends of the paddles once I straighten them out a bit to get me thru this winter. Next year I will cut out the bent stuff and weld in new ends.


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Cat385B

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I got the first stage auger and gearbox out, but the second stage auger is stuck tight. The bolt stuck in it was the wrong size and it's a bit rusty.

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Current bright idea is I welded a puller to the second stage and just holding pressure on it. There is nothing in the parts diagram that would still be holding it.
I think?

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The parts breakdown shows both ends being keyed, but the manual is for the early models of the snowblower. Mine is a later model, there is a couple of minor differences. Main one being that the end I'm pulling on only has bolt through it, no key. And it probably shouldn't be a bolt, I think a shear bolt might be a better idea. Actually, there is four shear bolt locations on this thing, and not a single one in use.
 

dh1

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Can you bolt or weld on pieces to the paddles without removing it?
 

Cat385B

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Can you bolt or weld on pieces to the paddles without removing it?
Yep, I could go through the chute if absolutely necessary. But I won't be able to straighten the bent ends. (no snow in the forecast if this takes a few days)
 

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When you get it apart, you'll see what was holding it.
Hopefully, no blind roll pin or something.

I have two similar 2 stage snowblowers. One throws 30 feet, the other 30 inches.
Major difference I see is speed. About a third more,it seems.
 

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I caught myself considering unbolting the gearbox on the backside of the auger and prying there. That is when I decided to bolt everything back together. I will break out the extension bit tomorrow and go from the top to drill holes in eachpaddle to hold down the rubber belting. In the spring I will talk to my local small engine repair dude, Jim Bergstrom. He used to be a Bolens dealer, and his dad was before he was. This blower has a Bergstrom Tractor and Implement dealer tag on it, even. I will pick his brain and see if he remembers. Meanwhile, I will run it without the shear pin in it, to see if the 2nd stage auger will break loose from the shaft.
 

Lily'sDad

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That looks like some heavy gauge metal on those paddles. I wonder what the PO was trying to throw.
 

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The paddles are too bent up to do the rubber flap trick. The worst paddle is too uneven to hold the flap tight unless I put four bolts thru it.

I picked up some 5" wide 1/8" steel. I will weld 4" long pieces onto the end of each paddle to close up the gap, hopefully tomorrow.
 

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Got the steel welded in and she is plugged in. Gonna give it whirl in a little bit.

Also got a new phone case, my Survivor case was shot. This one is heavier, it's the style that has little bolts clamping it together.

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