notfred wrote:During Snowmageddon (about 40cm) on Wednesday I was having problems with my snowblower. It's an ancient Sears Craftsman 8hp 25" model that I've for 12 years but I'm the 3rd owner. It would drive with the gears properly, but attempting to pull it back manually would cause the transmission to jam. I took a look yesterday and found the axle bearing on one side is half missing - just completely worn through and disintegrated. I also checked over the rest, belts were good, plug looks good. I've had a few problems with it running rich when warmed up so I checked and adjusted the carburettor. I ordered some parts yesterday while the stores were open, 2 new bearings, 2 new axle washers and 1 new bearing retainer based on one bearing is gone so the rest of the parts are probably pretty worn out. I have the original manual but the parts guy had fun trying to find the part numbers and what they were now as pretty much every part has been superseded, some 2 or 3 times over.
Proof positive they don't make em like they used to.
These days it would have been a throw away and buy a new one.