Toro traction drive

chevyssruleJanuary 24, 2011

Good evening,

I have a 1979 Toro 524 snow blower I put a B&S Intek snow 7.5hp engine on her about ten years ago. Last year since I could not get the wheels off & needed new tires I bought a used axle & had to cut the old one off. I put new wheels tires & chains on her.

My problem is if I adjust the friction disc according to the manual (all the way to the left) I have no first gear & very slow second my driveway is like a mountain. So I adjusted it over toward center more. Which now gives me 1st & second but no third I can see on the forward disc where third is somewhat on the rust (where the friction disc never was!) It also says in the manual where the friction disc should be equal between the forward & reverse disks but if I do this I have NO forward gears!. I bought a new friction disc thinking the rubber was worn but this did nothing. Another thing is when adjusted right I can move the friction wheel with my hand so I'm not sure if when running she is staying in place!. I did replace the belts. Since I have the friction wheel over it has stopped or slowed to a crawl only a few times on the driveway.

I guess to sum it all up does anyone know why I can not adjust her to specs?. Is there something broken or loose I should look for?. I have been playing around with this ever since the axle but I just can't figure her out? Any help would be GREAT!

Thank u for your time & help!


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This must be the old 3 speed forward 2 reverse - like a 38040? The problem is, that I've forgotten more than I seem to remember being out of the snow belt for a while. I can offer a few tips though. before you do the adjustment in question, the handles must be secure and square at thechassis. In addition to the link, I believe there is a knuckle under the panel where the shift gate is that can be adjusted also. On the underside, bushings need to be tight and the drive plate must be true. I suppose that the spring on the carrier could be weak. Hope some of this helped.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 12:10AM
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You may have long ago fixed this, but I had the same problem with my Toro 824. I kept what I did in my diary, as follows:
After all the usual adjustments and suspecting the friction disk, eventually I decided that the drive pulley was riding way too close to the auger pulley, and found that there was too much slop or "play" in the main drive shaft, on which all the pulleys and drive contact points are mounted. I came to the conclusion that the far rear end of the drive shaft was riding too far down toward the front of the machine. This moved the forward drive pulley too far forward as well, away from the friction disk. On disassembly I discovered that on the main shaft there was a roll pin that had sheared off, allowing the washers to ride over it and make all the mechanism sloppy enough to keep the friction disk from making proper contact. I bought a new roll pin from Toro for $3, and it made the drive mechanism run like new.
I hope this helps.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 4:59AM
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