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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-04-07 12:02 PM
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16. It had powered wheels and a gearshift, so you could select the speed
I think I usually had it in 4th gear, which was a slow walking pace.

One lever would engage the auger, which is what grabs the snow and forces it at high speed out of the discharge shoot. The John Deere would throw the snow like 20 or 30 feet! :-)

And one lever would engage the powered wheels, so you basically just walked behind it and steered. It was simpler than it sounds.

The shear pins are bolt that hold the auger to the engine. If you hit something that tries to jam the auger (like a rock or big chunk of ice) the shear pins break at predetermined points so that you don't ruin anything expensive, like the auger, the engine, or the transmission.

But then you need to install new ones. Takes a couple of minutes and a wrench, but it's not a big deal if you have the parts handy! As I learned the hard way... :-)
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