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  • WTB: Ber Vac snowblower gearbox


    DarylJ
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    Looking to buy good used right angle gearbox from a Ber-Vac W0238 two stage snowblower.  Need it to get mine back into service again.  These are 38” two stage snowblowers sold thru WH dealers before WH began making their own. Thanks very much for any help finding one.



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    gwest_ca

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    Any chance the Peerless box Wheel Horse uses would work?

    Garry

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    DarylJ

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    Thanks Garry, I don’t know if it would work or not.  If Wheel Horse used some of the same components in their 44” two stage that Ber-Vac used in the W0238, maybe the gearbox was one.  I am still working on the removal of the gearbox from the Ber-Vac, which is proving to be a challenge due to the main V-belt pulley having been rusted to the shaft.  Just got that off today using heat as an assist.  Tomorrow, with some good luck will hopefully be able to open up the enclosure housing the gearbox.  Once open, should be able to determine who manufactured it for Ber-Vac.  If its a Peerless, the exploded diagram you provided should help determine whether or not the old box can be rebuilt with some off the shelf parts, specifically bearings and seals.  Again, thanks for your assistance.  DarylJ

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    DarylJ

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    Thanks Garry, I didn’t know if it would work or not, until this afternoon when I was able to finish removing it from the snowblower chassis that a P/O had beefed up with some added steel bracing surround the box and chain house.   Evidently Wheel Horse used some of the same components in their 44” two stage that Ber-Vac used in the W0238, as the boxes are identical.  Same one used in the older Ber-Vac than the later Wheel Horse two stage snowblower.  So, next it is to find the parts and rebuild it.  Both seals are shot.  The large pulley was seized on so had to use heat, lots of it, to get that off.  Once inside the box, I could see that at one time it had taken in water, as there was some rust in one bearing and on one of the bevel gears.  It’s now soaking to remove the rust.  The bearing isn’t loose or sloppy, so I’m thinking once the case is refilled to spec with gear lube, the bearings will be fine.  As it is, I really doubt I would have an easy time getting the bearings out, as at least the rusty one is likely seized on its shaft much like the outside pulley was. No way I want to heat that up in there and possibly damage something else.  Even with new lube, the soon to be formerly rusty bearing may be a tad rough, but as said above, it’s not loose or sloppy now, so for this application it is going back into service as is.  Next, to find the parts......

     

    DarylJ

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    gwest_ca

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    I went to

    https://www.partstree.com/

    and entered some of the part numbers in the Peerless parts list and they come up as a TC number and still available. Some come up as Cadet and Trotbuilt numbers so they must have also used a similar box and Peerless numbers.

     

    Garry

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    DarylJ

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    Thanks Garry.  Late this afternoon I did a similar search, but on ebay, and was able to purchase the two seals and two gaskets for the gearbox.  After completely flushing the gearbox case of a variety of crud, the gears and bearings turn freely without much extra play.  There is some noise, but probably most is from the bevel gear rather than the bearings.  Once immersed in gear oil, that should quieter some I suspect.  

     

    I made another post about this snowblower as well, as I am suspicious of the V-idler.  The one that is on there is 3.5” in diameter, but am wondering is this may be incorrect.  Do you know, was the V-idler originally 4.25” perhaps?

     

    Again, thanks for all the help.

     

    DarylJ

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