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  • Wear Resistance Snow Blower Skids

    I have welded new feet on the bottom of the skids of the snowblower attachment on my 1983 Simplicity tractor about six times over the years. The last time the foot of the skid was badly and unevenly worn, so I decided to cut it entirely off and replace it. The first picture is the tractor with the skid in place on the snow blower attachment. To improve wear resistance, I hardfaced the bottom of the foot of the skid. I used the same size foot as the original skid except thicker, so I could evaluate the impact of the hardface material. The Stoody XHC manual says that it is Rc 60-65 when welded to carbon steel. I stick welded it DCEP, but I was thinking that perhaps I should have welded it DCEN to minimize the penetration. Oh well.

    Here is a link to another skid welding project.

    https://forum.millerwelds.com/forum/...ow-blower-skid

    1. Tractor
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    The first skid was misaligned to the blower so the wear was uneven.

    2. Worn Skid 1
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    3. Worn Skid 2
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    Here is a picture of me cutting off the old foot with my DoAll vertical saw.

    4. Cutting off foot
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    5. Cut off feet
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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

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    6. Top of skid
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    I welded the new foot to the top plate of the skid. I clamped the top plate to a 1” block. I used my Fireball magnetic blocks on the front to hold the feet in place against the top of the skid.

    7. Foot welded to top
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    I heated up the foot with my rosebud tip on my oxyacetylene torch, to make it easier to bend.

    8. Hot bending foot
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    Once the ends of the foot were bent to match the side plate, I welded the bent part of the foot to the top plate.

    9. Welding bent part of feet to top
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    10. Inside corner MIG weld
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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

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    • #3
      At first I MIG welded the outside corner, but it was a little uneven, so I ground it smooth and put a TIG bead on top of the MIG weld.

      11. Outside corner MIG weld
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      12. Outside corner TIG weld
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      13. Stoody XHC hardface
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      14. Milling spot face for washer
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      15. Skid painted
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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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      • #4
        Didn’t you hard face something last year? Is that doohickey? I’m interested to see how it held up vs no hard-facing.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
          Didn’t you hard face something last year? Is that doohickey? I’m interested to see how it held up vs no hard-facing.
          Yes, I used the hardface rods that you sent me on my friend Ray's snow blower skids just after Thanksgiving of last year. I just sent him a text message to see how well the hardfaced skids held up. He lives in the upper peninsula of Michigan, which gets a lot of snow. I will post his response when I receive it. Here are two pictures of Ray's rebuilt skid.

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ID:	616797 Here is a link to the Ray's skid hardfacing thread.

          ​​​​​​https://forum.millerwelds.com/forum/...ow-blower-skid

          -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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