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Ok,some basic maintenance on my snow caster has turned into a complete tear down. I assume the discharge plates on the auger should be flat? One was mostly flat, the other was pretty rounded.

I am going to replace the crossbar for the mounting frame. It is too bent and rusted to save. I'll just cut the end plates off and weld in a new tube.

The scary part is the scraper blade. If is bowed pretty badly, and I don't see any easy or simple way to fix that. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Aaron
 

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I agree you may be able to find a nice round back snowcaster for cheap money. If not then maybe go to Lowes or Home Depot and get a length of 1/4" flat steel and make another scraper blade. Yes, your auger paddles should be flat like the one in your picture. I flattened mine out and welded a 1/4" thick flat steel across the top of mine to keep them from blowing out. It works great.
 
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I see a lot of them, but everyone seems to think just a snow caster is worth $200 and up. I will probably fix it as best i can, paint it up, put new bearings and hardware on it, and just keep on keeping on. It has worked just fine for the several years i have had it, was just wanting to make sure it lasts another 40 years or so.
 

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I did finally piece together that the full model number is 18516-05. I assumed by square back and round back meant the actual back of the snow caster, not just the chute, like it does on the tillers from my understanding. It appears the body of them are all the same, just the chute is different. The older ones had round chutes and mine has a squared off chute.

Now I am also curious why the deflector cap on mine was orange, and the rest of it was yellow. My tiller is orange, not sure if it was the exact same orange or not. Never really thought about it until now.
 

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Not sure on the color of the chute cap but yes, the newer style blower had the round back body. They throw snow better than the square back like yours. It sounds like you are doing fine by repairing the one you have.
 

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I actually rebuilt my "square-back" snowblower and had the same problems as you are. As far as the mounting tube that you have in the vise i had my father heat the bent section with a torch a as i pulled it back into place. That bend happens when you hit something and all of the force goes onto the two mounting points on the bar. I also added pieces of thick rubber sandwiched between a piece of scrap steel and auger discharge plate to help tighten up the clearance and make it throw father. I am actually now in the process of restoring a "roundback" blower and making a good one out of 2 that i picked up from a fellow member.
 

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That back bar on mine is seriously rusted internally. I thought about trying to straighten it, but just putting a new tube in there seems to make more sense while I have it apart and i don't need it for another 8 months or so. I am also going to consider the rubber flap thing. That sounds like a very sensible modification.
 

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Ok, so it appears my deflector is not the correct one? It's not the right shape according to the parts drawing. It was also orange originally, the rest yellow. Maybe that explains why it doesn't throw snow like I think it should. I removed it the last couple times I used it, and it was throwing snow a lot farther than with it installed.
 

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