Craftsman 11.5 hp snow thrower - need help finding the right part -


Old 12-30-13, 07:17 PM
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Craftsman 11.5 hp snow thrower - need help finding the right part -

OK, first, I have been a diesel and small engine mechanic for over 30 years, but I found an odd ball on a customers craftsman snow thrower model 917.881150, 11.5 hp/30" auger. This unit is driven by the wheels, the rims have shafts built onto them (actually part of the rim) that fit the gear slots on the axles to turn them. One of them is broken off at the wheel itself. I used sears parts direct and it showed two separate rims (different part numbers) but they are identical. I called and they said either one would work - well, $124.50 later - they are not even close. So, does anyone have an ideas or know of a used rim? I've check e-bay and every on on-line source I could find, but no luck. It seems that every model like this one is different with some that have round axles with a flat side that drives the wheels using bolts or clips. This one has the actual rim fit into the slot to turn the wheel....Name:  IMG-20131230-00565.jpg
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Size:  33.1 KB Here are pictures of the good rim, the broken rim, the model and serial number, and the axle itself. I would appreciate the help, as I continue to find what should be a very simple fix for my customer....
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Old 12-31-13, 06:57 AM
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You might have to grind that stub of a sleeve down more or less square and slide a shaft into the rim and weld a piece of , or a whole 1/2" pipe coupling with the slots cut in ethier before or after, or just drill a 1/4" hole through the the coupling and the actual shaft, if there is enough do it. I haven't seen the specs so I don't know if the shaft can be slid out, or not. I like my 47 yr Murray/sears better. Good luck.
Old 01-01-14, 05:42 AM
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I forgot to mention to drill out the coupling to 3/4" if indeed that is what the shaft size is. But I guess you knew that. Sorry.
Old 01-03-14, 03:55 PM
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I have the same problem

Same thing happened to me, the coupling broke off at the rim. I'm going to try to have someone weld it on, but in the meantime would like to find a source for a used/replacement rim. Thanks.
Old 01-03-14, 05:27 PM
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Yeah, I think I'd fix that up by welding on a piece of pipe the right diameter and slotting it to fit.

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