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Geoffrey Wheeler

Snowblower lubrication, what kinds of grease?

I have a dual stage snowblower, so there's lots of points needing lubrication but very few specs. I get the motor oil bit for the drive shaft, but is axle grease what they're talking about for the axles (sounds dumb, I know, but I can't decipher it from the manual)? And what's the proper grease for the chute? And why the heck wouldn't Sears put this stuff into the parts listings?

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Joseph Perez
I know how important it is to have the correct type of grease for your snow blower. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the make and complete model number of your product, so your expert will be able to provide you with the best possible answer. Just click on reply down below, where you can provide the additional information.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,600 community points in Snow Removal Equipment
January 14th, 2012
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Geoffrey Wheeler
Ah, Joseph P, there you are again, asking the same old question. (I just today replied to the last time you asked me that.)

Here's the vitals, it's a 247.88790, Craftsman dual stage, which translates to a 29-(or 28-, depending on which parts of the marketing info you believe)inch snowblower.
by Geoffrey Wheeler
January 14th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

Properly lucubrating the snow blower will help keep it working trouble free for years. I will be happy to assist you with lubing the snow blower. I like to lubricate the snow blower before I store it over the summer. This keeps it from rusting. On all the pivot points and augers, you can use white lithium grease in the spray can or WD-40. You just need something thin enough to get into the tight areas. You can use the same on the axle bushings and chute. This keeps things from rusting over time. As for the wheels I like to remove them and apply anti seize to the axles. You do not need much just enough to coat the axle shafts. You can do the same with the hex shaft. I the like the anti seize better than motor oil because it is thicker and there is less of a chance of it dripping on the drive plate or friction wheel. If by chance, you get anything on the friction wheel or drive plate use brake cleaner to remove it. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,733 community points in Electric Snowblowers
January 15th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

Properly lucubrating the snow blower will help keep it working trouble free for years. I will be happy to assist you with lubing the snow blower. I like to lubricate the snow blower before I store it over the summer. This keeps it from rusting. On all the pivot points and augers, you can use white lithium grease in the spray can or WD-40. You just need something thin enough to get into the tight areas. You can use the same on the axle bushings and chute. This keeps things from rusting over time. As for the wheels I like to remove them and apply anti seize to the axles. You do not need much just enough to coat the axle shafts. You can do the same with the hex shaft. I the like the anti seize better than motor oil because it is thicker and there is less of a chance of it dripping on the drive plate or friction wheel. If by chance, you get anything on the friction wheel or drive plate use brake cleaner to remove it. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,733 community points in Electric Snowblowers
January 15th, 2012
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Geoffrey Wheeler
Hmm, so good you said it twice? Thanks, Mark T and John P for your help and advice. I guess it was the lithium I was wondering about, as I knew there was some sort of white goop I'd applied when assembling the beastie. I got your recommendation for anti-seize on the axles, Mark, but my OP asked about axle grease. As the snowblower, garage door, and a wheelbarrow are the only items I have that could use the axle grease I've got left, I think I'll use that up before getting anything new. What's the magic ingredient in anti-seize that sets it apart?

Thanks again,
Geoff.
by Geoffrey Wheeler
January 16th, 2012
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