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About BigRed84

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    Shelton, CT
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    Aviation failure analysis technician
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  1. 1996 or 97 314-H update

    Paint is fully hardening after waiting all winter. Not even sure I want to put the hood stickers on. I love the custom rear with the flag though!
  2. Yea, I thought that may have been my problem when it happened the first time. This time with the second master link I specifically paid attention to the positive click/lock feel that you get when it engages the groove fully. Then I went as far as grabbing a small jewelers flat head screwdriver to see if I can fit it under or push it off of the clip, with absolutely no luck doing that I figured that means it was on securely. I will consider the direction of rotation next time I install it and hopefully that will help, if not I think I'll just find a dependable dealer to take a look since we are going into the off season anyways. Appreciate all the suggestions everyone!
  3. Picking up a chain breaker tool is on my list of things to do...haha. I didn't however, think about the rotational force being able to throw the clip....so I didn't pay attention to which direction I pushed it on. If that's all it is half of my will be happy that I don't have to spend anymore money, but the other half will be pissed that I couldn't use the tractor for this heavy storm because of my own stupidity hahaha thanks for the ideas fellas.
  4. Master link disappeared 10' out into the driveway. Ended up shoveling 8" of the heaviest snow I've seen.....all 70' of my driveway at 9pm last night. So angry/sore today.. hahaa more sore than angry. I can't get this thing right. Maybe I'm routing the chain wrong? Maybe the master link is junk?
  5. Some Work Ahead for the Snow Horses

    How long was I asleep for?? Haha, are these posts all from this past Saturday? I didn't even realize other people were seeing snow. We just got a ton of wind and rain. It briefly changed to heavy wet snow for about 10 minutes but that's about it here south western CT. Today is a different story. 6 to 8" on the way!
  6. Excellent. Thanks for the info! They updated the storm totals for my area....7 to 11" possible. I'm going to hit it at two points because the temps look warm, so I don't want to worry about having issues throwing 11" of wet snow. Does anyone else get excited for snow JUST so they can play with their Wheel Horse!? haha
  7. Sprockets - Check! I replaced the two smaller sprockets a few months back when I got rid of the old chain. The sprockets didn't even look like they had any bearings left. haha. (tail between legs) The only sprockets that are original at this point: Main sprocket welded onto auger (can this be torched off and professionally welded back on with a new one without jeopardizing balance or how straight the center tube of the auger is?) , and the smaller sprocket that doesn't have bearings on the horizontal drive shaft behind the housing. The teeth looked okay to me so I didn't think that was the issue. Although eyeballing it, looked out of alignment with the rest so I loosened the two set screws and bumped it over about 1/4". I managed to find a spare master link to reassemble it for the snow we are supposed to get tomorrow night! Looks like I'll be able to test it out after all. Has been in the 50s and 60s here for some reason, so I thought CT was done with winter. Tonight I'll run it for a few minutes, and then see if I can figure out how to get that tensioner sprocket tighter even with the chain putting resistance on it. As of now when I pull that front safety guard off that blocks the view of the chain, I can push and pull the chain in either direction roughly a half an inch from the neutral position. Is this too much slack? Thanks in advance for all the feedback! I'll also be attempting to tighten the PTO tonight.
  8. Thanks Ed, I appreciate the detailed response. I'll dig out the feeler gauges.
  9. I took the lower sprocket off and pulled the chain the other night, the master link was completely missing so I either didn't secure it properly or I have an underlying issue with worn sprocket teeth on the auger. As for PTO adjusting, I looked through the manuals posted here but it seems like they are all listed as "electrical". Does anyone have a link for a late 90's 314H PTO adjustment?
  10. PTO adjustment sounds like a winner, and thinking about the concept behind it makes perfect sense for the issue I'm experiencing. Thanks fellas! I'll post up when I find the right manual so I can do it the right way, and with any luck the 60 degree weather we are supposed to get here in CT over the next 2 days will disappear so we can actually get some more snow to test it out.
  11. Thanks Sarge, I look up the manual PDF. I'll inspect the sprocket teeth (assuming you're referring to the sprocket on the auger?) I replaced the two smaller sprockets toward the front of the housing when the chain broke last time. I think that leaves just the welded sprocket on the auger itself if I'm picturing it right? Will check when I get some time this week.
  12. Mornin'! Had another rare opportunity to put the wheel horse to use for this past weekend's 5" snow storm. Has roughly 750 hours on it. Runs great (kohler magnum 14hp). Two questions: 1. the belts don't slip on the pulley and the engine RPM's don't dip, yet the main drive (on the engine) pulley will slow down and stop when the snow is too heavy for it keep throwing it. How does that happen without the engine RPMS bogging down at the same time? Is there a part I can replace that slips or something? I'm talking as little as a few inches of wet snow, I tried a steady forward speed, I tried creeping forward...sometimes it just doesn't through it as much as a foot. But I would expect to hear the RPM's drop....any ideas? 2. I got 90% of my driveway and walk paths to the wood shed and side doors complete, everything seemed to be going perfect aside from the pulley slowing to a stop issue, and then outta no where, the auger chain snaps again. This is the second time. First time was a few weeks back, it was the original chain, and stretched so I believe it just jumped off one of the sprockets. I replaced it and I THINK I made it too tight, so it fatigued too fast and just popped. Is there a rule of thumb to follow when setting the chain tensioner sprocket at the bottom of the auger housing?
  13. Snow!

    21 years later, she still throws it clear across the front yard! This is the first winter with the ags and tri-ribs....i can't believe the added performance even without weights and chains. Love this tractor! Enjoy!
  14. I'm sure you're already aware, but if all the single stage throwers are the same, check your chain tensioner sprocket down toward the bottom of the housing....if it has been adjusted to the tightest setting already, you may want to just replace the chain based on how much it has stretched. I had planned on doing mine this winter but we had enough snow to use it before I got around to it, and I went over a small bump at the end of my driveway and it was just enough to pop the chain right off the sprockets and get completely chewed up between the auger and housing.
  15. Uneven lifting of snow blower

    I figured it might be a pry bar and choice word type of job. Hahaha Thanks for the replies!