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  • Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    My friend Ray lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where they get a lot of snow. He wore out the skids on his snow blower attachment to his Kubota tractor in one season. He sent me new skids and some ¼” x 3” stock. I welded the bars on the skids to extend their life. In the first picture you can see that the heel of the skid is worn almost all the way through. You will also notice that the wear wasn’t even indicating that the shoe wasn’t parallel to the ground.

    1. Worn Skid
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    The process that I used was:
    -I cut the ¼’ x 3” to about 10-1/2” long.
    -I scribed the corner radius on the plate and cut it out on my band saw.
    -I cleaned up the radius on my belt sander.
    -I TIG welded the wear plate to the skid in four places. I used TIG because it was all set up.
    -I clamped the skid in the vise and heated the wear bar in the area shown below with an oxyacetylene torch with a rosebud tip.

    2. Heat bending wear bar
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    Next, I beat on the wear bar with a hammer to fit it to the skid. I decided to use the heat and beat method instead of my arbor press, because I was concerned with the bend exactly matching the existing skid. Then I MIG welded the wear bar to the skid as shown below.

    3. Wear Bar Welded
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    Here are both skids welded.

    4. Two Skis Welded
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    Here they are primed and painted

    5. Skids primed and painted
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    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

  • #2
    Here they are installed on the snowblower.

    6. Skids installed on snowblower
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    On my own 1983 Simplicity tractor I am still using the skid that came with it. I just weld additional wear bars on the bottom. After about four wear bars I cut them off and start over. Below is a picture of my wear bar on my tractor.

    7. Simplicity skid
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    -Don
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      Any particular steel you’re using as the wear plate?

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      • #4
        I just used mild steel for this one. I have never looked into using AR steel. In the Welding Web forum several members suggested welding a layer of Stoody 35 hardcoat on the wear surface. I couldn’t find a one pound box of stick rods of this product on line and a 10 lb box cost $170.

        -Don
        Miller Thunderbolt
        Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
        Miller Dynasty 200DX
        Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
        Lincoln LE 31 MP
        Lincoln 210 MP
        Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
        16" DuAll Saw
        15" Drill Press
        7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
        20 Ton Arbor Press
        Bridgeport

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        • #5
          Ya, they don’t give that hard facing rod away. Next time you do yours, give a shout, if I have some hardfacing rod on hand, I’d be happy to send you a pound or so to make your repair.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
            Ya, they don’t give that hard facing rod away. Next time you do yours, give a shout, if I have some hard facing rods on hand, I’d be happy to send you a pound or so to make your repair.
            Thanks, I will be in Sugarland near Houston Texas next week, so I will try to rendezvous with you if possible. Beaumont isn't that far, from Sugarland.
            What type of Hard Facing rods do you recommend for this application.

            -Don
            Miller Thunderbolt
            Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
            Miller Dynasty 200DX
            Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
            Lincoln LE 31 MP
            Lincoln 210 MP
            Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
            16" DuAll Saw
            15" Drill Press
            7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
            20 Ton Arbor Press
            Bridgeport

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            • #7
              Heck ya man, we can link up. Sugarland is on the southwest side of Houston, that’s about 100 miles. I used drive there and back once a week to play beer league hockey.

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