Need advice - old Toro 7/24 snowblower

saddle1December 4, 2010

Hello,

I am having difficulty accessing the impeller bearing of an old Toro 7/24 snowblower (serial number 38050). I cracked the machine into two sections and removed the pully from the impeller, to expose the end of the impeller shaft (please link to the below photo). As seen in the photo, there is a small, long, rectangular piece of metal stuck to the shaft. I would like to slide the old impeller bearing off of the shaft, but can't because of this small, long, rectangular piece of metal. Any advice from someone who has dealt with this type of problem before would be really appreciated.

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mownie(7)

That "small, long, rectangular piece of metal" is the drive key. You will have to attack the key using a chisel and hammer to remove the key.
Place the end of a "cold chisel" against the end of the key near the shaft and drive the chisel with a hammer. The key might be reluctant to move.
You will need a new key. Keys are "standard items" and can even be found in well stocked hardware stores.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2010 at 10:13PM
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saddle1

Thanks for your very helpful feedback. I was able to get the key out following your advice, plus wire cutters to lever the key all of the way out.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 10:22PM
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