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Old 11-25-14, 12:10 PM
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Rickel Snow Eater

Could anybody tell me who actually made the Snow Eater snow blower from Rickel Hardware? I have one that works perfectly fine, but I need to replace the auger drive bearing and have no idea where to start looking. I don't have an exact model number, but it is a 22" intake dual stage with what I believe is a 5 hp Tecumseh.
 
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Old 11-25-14, 12:22 PM
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Not sure what happened there, but don't think my post is showing up. Anyway, I am not familiar with Rickel Hardware, but do know that a majority of bearings have identification on them, so would pull it apart, see what is stamped in it, and probably start with the nearest auto parts store. Can't imagine having too much trouble finding a replacement.
 
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How close are you to a major city?
Look in the yellow pages under Bearings.
Any city I've ever lived in has places that sell bearings.
They would have a master catalog that will cross reference any bearing according to type and size.
 
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Old 11-25-14, 09:45 PM
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Your machine should have a model number on it somewhere. There may be manuals floating around for it. It's most likely a Murray or Noma machine.
 
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Old 11-26-14, 07:20 AM
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I have already looked on the bearing race for the numbers. Keep in mind, I am no dummy when it comes to this stuff. I am a diesel truck technician for the last 20 years, so I know my way around equipment. There are NO markings on the bearing races, and the strange part is that there is a key-way in the inner race that locates onto a corresponding key on the shaft for the auger drive. I have never seen that before. usually the bearings are pressed onto the shafts as to not allow the inner race to spin on the shaft. I will have to look for a model number somewhere on the machine for easier identification.
 
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Old 11-26-14, 07:23 AM
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I have found Murray Machines online that look very similar, so that would be my guess also.
 
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It's a Noma now Murray Briggs part number 761508MA bearing & retainer 7/8"id.

Sorry had to correct the part number!
 
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Old 11-26-14, 07:32 AM
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I was mistaken. It is a Noma. Mine looks identical to this one, only it has Rickel's name on it. Name:  DSC04293.jpg
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Old 11-26-14, 07:35 AM
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Thank you aj-allen! You nailed it! That's exactly what it looks like! Thank you sooooo much. How did you find that so quickly? I've been looking for weeks! I owe you one!
 
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Long time dealer as soon as you said that it had a key way Problem solved!
 
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Old 11-26-14, 07:45 AM
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Man, I owe you a tall cold one for that! Thank you again.
 
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OK...now that the snow is long gone, I want to do a full service on my machine. I'm attempting to find parts for it, but i keep hitting a wall. I can't seem to find anything for my machine according to the model number on it. It is a Snow Eater sold by the now extinct Rickel Hardware. The model number on the tag on the rear cover says RKL825E, and under that is the numbr 8407. The only other number on the tag is the serial number. I'm assuming that it means Rickel...8hp...25"...Electric start. Is this correct? Can someone cross reference this model number to a Murray/Noma model number so that I could find the parts that I need?
 
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Try partsandservice.com web site for manuals. They have a lot of free Noma/Murray/Craftsman manuals, free download. Having no Noma model # you will have to look through and click on different manuals from their Murray list to find one that shows you snow blower. Hope this helps.
 
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