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Old Craftsman Snowblower reverse drive belt


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12-15-07, 03:11 PM   #1  
Old Craftsman Snowblower reverse drive belt

I have a Craftsman 24 Snow blower Model 536.82200. I have had it at least 18 years and it was several years old when it was passed on to me. I have no manual and Sears no longer lists the model for parts. My problem is that I need to replace the reverse drive belt. The shaft appears to be a single piece with separate chain drives for high and low gear and a belt for the reverse. A yoke from the shift lever pushes either the high or low sprocket to their locks. There is a split pulley on the shaft for the reverse and the belt is engaged by a simple tensioner lever. I cannot see how to get the belt on without disassembling the entire shaft assembly which would be a real pain. I would think it was designed with replacing the belt in mind like a split shaft or something.

Any advice would be appreciated. Its a good, tough, old machine!

 
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12-16-07, 09:51 AM   #2  
Robert, can you post a photo of the assembly you are trying to replace? I have never heard of a seperate belt for reverse, but this is a 25 year old AMF/Murray and Murray went bankrupt a few years ago.

Posted By: RobertH I have a Craftsman 24 Snow blower Model 536.82200. I have had it at least 18 years and it was several years old when it was passed on to me. I have no manual and Sears no longer lists the model for parts. My problem is that I need to replace the reverse drive belt. The shaft appears to be a single piece with separate chain drives for high and low gear and a belt for the reverse. A yoke from the shift lever pushes either the high or low sprocket to their locks. There is a split pulley on the shaft for the reverse and the belt is engaged by a simple tensioner lever. I cannot see how to get the belt on without disassembling the entire shaft assembly which would be a real pain. I would think it was designed with replacing the belt in mind like a split shaft or something.

Any advice would be appreciated. Its a good, tough, old machine!

 
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12-16-07, 01:59 PM   #3  
Indy, thanks for the reply. I will try and get out to get a pic tonight or tomorrow

 
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12-16-07, 05:37 PM   #4  
Here is the drive shaft components, shot from the bottom:

 
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12-17-07, 05:01 PM   #5  
Robert, it looks like to me that the shaft does indeed have to come off. Have fun!!

Posted By: RobertH Here is the drive shaft components, shot from the bottom:

 
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12-17-07, 07:10 PM   #6  
Come on man, as my savior, your supposed to do better than that
But seriously, thanks for the help

 
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