Vintage 72 Toro 726 Snow blower traction problem?

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Old 01-19-09, 11:43 AM
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Vintage 72 Toro 726 Snow blower traction problem?


Hi all,
Newbie to snowblowers as this is my 1st full winter in Maine.
Friday I got a "Martha" for $150.
She worked fine on the first day, cleared entire 2000 ft driveway!
Yesterday she again worked fine as we blew the 4-6 inches of slush.
Today, we worked a few hrs clearing 6 inches of powder.
All was fine until i left the auger running while in nuetral and let her roll downhill approx
10-15 ft blowing small amount of snow.
When I went put her back into forward nothing happened. I stopped auger and
tried reverse, 1, 2, 3 all like nothing there.

I am pretty handy, just never had a snowblower before.
Problem is I have no manual.
Before I crack off the back cover does anyone have any advice?

Thanks,

Pete
 
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Old 01-19-09, 01:26 PM
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Go to Toro.com and type in your modle number and serial number. Then click on manual, parts list or what ever else you want for the machine.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 01:48 PM
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OK, tks, did that.

Originally Posted by indypower View Post
Go to Toro.com and type in your modle number and serial number. Then click on manual, parts list or what ever else you want for the machine.
Indy, tks, found the Toro Partsmaster viewer.

Was too tired to pull off cover and take a peak.
I suppose I "blew" the friction plate/clutch? didnt smell any clutch burning smell.
Is it possibly its just a "slipped" linkage as there is no feeling like its even trying to go into gear.

Getting parts for this old of a model is going to be a issue.

tks again,
Pete
 
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Old 01-19-09, 02:03 PM
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Toro and Ariens have a reputation for having parts available for all their models. Earlier this season, I was able to get parts for a 1969 Arien snowblower.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 02:20 PM
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Alot of parts on the Toro site showed as no longer available

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Toro and Ariens have a reputation for having parts available for all their models. Earlier this season, I was able to get parts for a 1969 Arien snowblower.
Well, its going to sit for now! no new snow for a couple of days and I have to work anyway.
Hopefully I can get into it later this week and get it going.

tks,
Pete
 
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Old 01-26-09, 08:47 AM
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It was the pin that holds the axle shaft sprocket in place.

The pin simply fell out and was lying in the bottom of the housing.

Its not a shear pin, its called a "scratch pin".
1/4" straight sold steel pin.
Tapped it back in with a hammer and a punch.

Went back in snug but I imagine it will fall out again.

Will order new one, and the manual.

Search of Toro Parts Master for this model "shear pin"
not found!?

So if the auger jams, what gives?

Pete
 
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Old 01-26-09, 09:58 AM
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Here is what I found for my 97 Toro 824....


What I found on the site, it appears that what would normally be the shear pin is #59 in the "housing &chute" section. Part number 322-12. Toro calls it "SCREW-HH ". 1 on each side. They are located in the big hole in the auger drum.


Don't know why they don't just call it a shear pin but there ya go.
 
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Old 01-26-09, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by pgmomni View Post
The pin simply fell out and was lying in the bottom of the housing.

Its not a shear pin, its called a "scratch pin".
1/4" straight sold steel pin.
Tapped it back in with a hammer and a punch.

Went back in snug but I imagine it will fall out again.

Will order new one, and the manual.

Search of Toro Parts Master for this model "shear pin"
not found!?

So if the auger jams, what gives?

Pete
Please post model & serial number.
 
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Old 02-03-09, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by pgmomni View Post

Hi all,
Newbie to snowblowers as this is my 1st full winter in Maine.
Friday I got a "Martha" for $150.
She worked fine on the first day, cleared entire 2000 ft driveway!
Yesterday she again worked fine as we blew the 4-6 inches of slush.
Today, we worked a few hrs clearing 6 inches of powder.
All was fine until i left the auger running while in nuetral and let her roll downhill approx
10-15 ft blowing small amount of snow.
When I went put her back into forward nothing happened. I stopped auger and
tried reverse, 1, 2, 3 all like nothing there.

I am pretty handy, just never had a snowblower before.
Problem is I have no manual.
Before I crack off the back cover does anyone have any advice?

Thanks,

Pete
I have the same snowblower. Sounds like you blew a belt. There are belts between the engine area and the front snowblower. If you seperate the machine the belts can be changed. It's best to have two people to do the job. The machines seperates with ease but does not go back without some effort. Good luck. Hope it is not something more serious.

Ken
 
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