Caster Wheels on Snow Blower

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After reading many posts about the EGO snow blower, I finally "pulled" the trigger and bought it this week.  That said; I have read many discussions about adding a caster wheel to the front, to help with "uneven" surfaces during plowing.  The big issue is the timing belt on the left side of the blower - it does not leave you with enough clearance to install a caster wheel (see picture).




Burning Man posted his idea on using a "slotted bracket" to resolve this issue about 2 years ago.  Has anyone try this method and if yes, how is it working out for you?  Do share some pictures if you have done this to your snow blower - thanks!

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/ego-snowblower-skids

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I'm glad you posted this. I was thinking about getting some universal skids for mine but hadn't taken into account the drive belt. Of course I don't even know yet whether the scraper bar will be a problem for me. But I'm glad I didn't already order a pair of skids before I saw your post!
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Never had any problems with my scrapper bar. Only adjustment I made was to be sure and go across any concrete relief joints at an angle to avoid catching on them. So I never got to the point of trying to install skids or casters. I even bought a replacement scrapper after reading about them wearing down but never needed it.
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Most manufacturers void warranties when their products are altered. Not whether it's right, wrong or indifferent; just typical policy.
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I actually got confirmation from EGO that installing the caster wheels will not VOID the warranty ...
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Better get it in writing.
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I recall that post from ego stating the casters would not void the warranty
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David it’s probably more hassle then it’s worth. I kicked the idea around for a while and have manual machines to make something but in the end figured it wasn’t worth it. Mine does show wear on the bottoms now but I don’t care anymore haha.
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Update on using the blower without my added wheels which raised the scraper bar up a 1/4".  It sucks.  Back to bone jarring stops at about a half dozen sidewalk joints and driveway joints.  Trying at an angle is impossible on 36" wide sidewalks, esp when I don't remember or can't see where the bad joints are.

The wheels I added were too large, causing too much resistance when pushing through snow.  I'll have to rethink this, either with skids or some really thin wheels.
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I just came across this video and wonder why EGO couldn't do the same thing? Really wish someone would come up with a kit that fixed this issue.

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From the video, the Kobalt snow blower looks very similar to the EGO.  I don't see why their skids would not work with our blower?
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The Kobalt's scraper bar looks almost the same one that came with the EGO. I wonder if there is some shared manufacturing for these machines. Even Snow Joe's 100V is very similar in design to both of these machines. Just only so many ways to design a single-stage or perhaps manufactured under different labels?
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Exactly.  Something to tip up the scraper when you hit an uneven joint.  I reserved saying this is a terrible miss in engineering this product, but Ego engineers obviously did not try snowblowing "my" sidewalks with the blower or someone would have added this feature!  If you have perfectly level driveways and sidewalks, works great.  But I tell you, I am finding myself swearing up a storm again at these joints!  I will absolutely give up some level of "clean down to the concrete" scraper action to remove the bone jarring stops.

I did make some HDPE plastic skids for a previous blower but didn't try to fit them on the Ego, only went with the wheels.  Will look again.
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Here's a mod on my blower - I did not invent this, the snowblower was gift from family member who did this mod.  No Drilling (uses existing hole that plastic scraper mounts with) and adjustable height!

Could find out part numbers or offer a kit, if folks are interested!

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John, thx for posting photos.  If you have part #'s would greatly appreciate it.  Or if not, what size is caster wheel and the extra bracket that it is mounted on
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It's a 2" caster from menards:  LINK
I have more pictures:  There's 3 pieces to this setup:
1) the caster wheel
2) piece of aluminum slightly bent with two holes punched in one side to attach to blower and two holes on other side to bolt to caters
3) set bolt - the caster is tapped/threaded and a bolt nut combo used for setting the height.

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How much does the casters raise the blower?
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see the set screw on the left side of the caster ? I use that to get a 1/8" to a 1/4" up.  Can do more if had longer screw or bent the mounting piece more (right side in first and last picture).
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These casters are behind the scraper, correct?  So the scraper then is permanently above the ground by whatever height the casters are.  If you run into a sidewalk joint that is taller than that height, you'll still bang into the joint, right?  (I am visualizing this but could be wrong)

My setup, with the wheels in front, has the scraper barely above ground in a flat surface setup.  When a higher joint is run into, the wheels hit it first, tipping up the blower and causing the scraper to ride that angle up to and over the joint, regardless of the joint height.

I'm not sure that positioning wheels behind the scraper give the same effect?


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Yes, 1/4" HDPE cutting board.  I previously had 1 1/2" mower wheels, but they added a lot of effort to push through the snow.  I have not had a chance to check out these thinner ones.  Here are some more angles.


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Is this a homemade wheel cut from a sheet of plastic?
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From a cutting board, yes.
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Creative repurposing.
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Doesn't look like I will have a chance to test this out till this coming winter.  I am not complaining....!