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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Here are both skids welded.

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    Here they are primed and painted

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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Here they are installed on the 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.

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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Really good application for some hardfacing on the bottom of the skids. Mild steel wears unbelievably fast on asphalt or concrete.

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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    ^^^^^x 2^^^^
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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Really good application for some hardfacing on the bottom of the skids. Mild steel wears unbelievably fast on asphalt or concrete.
    Quote Originally Posted by mla2ofus View Post
    ^^^^^x 2^^^^
    Can either of you recommend a good stick hardface rod for this application?

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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Stoody 35 is a good all around rod for this. They do make wire for hardfacing as well.

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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Yeah, Stoody rod lays down a nice even bead with good thickness. Just be sure to change polarity. Oh, and get out your wallet, if you know someone who works on a quarry or rock processing plant a half rack of whatever they drink will probably get you a few sticks and they will go a long way for what you're doing. It's what I use on my wheeler plow shoes.
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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Want something for severe abrasion but any general purpose hardfacing will work. Should be able to find in a small 1lb. pack for $25-$30. Lots of specialty rod suppliers have it in the small packages and sometimes the big box stores. It will last 4 times or more longer than mild steel. Some is run reverse polarity but hardfacing you aren't looking for maximum penetration. For those skids run beads parallel to the skids about 3/8-1/2 inch apart and you can put 2 layers for even more wear resistance. Clean the first pass with a wire brush and don't worry too much if you get a little porosity. As long as you get fusion it will work. 1/8" or 5/32" rods would be fine.
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    Re: Wear Bar Added to Snow Blower Skid

    Nice Job Don...

    I did the same for my Dads snowblower a few years ago....

    personally, I wouldnt hard face it... 1/4" mild steel worked fine.... actually made him 2 sets... so he can swap out if necessary..... easy enough to make...
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