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Snowblower and transaxle response summary

Thanks to the folks who responded to my question.  I note that most 
responses did not go to the list (I find that when I reply I have to check 
"reply to all" to make that happen).  So, I am summarizing the 
responses for any others who may want this information (and for the 

The first snowblower question was:

  Can anyone suggest an appropriate lubricant for the chain?


     - Any open gear and chain lubricant
     - Motorcycle chain lubricant
     - Spray-on chain lubricant
     - Used motor oil

Sounds like a visit to a motorcycle shop is in order.

Second question:

The snowblower has a remote-control handle ... Where is it attached 
[to the tractor body]?

Later model snowblowers had a tube and rod fastened to the rear part 
of the snowblower frame to hold the middle of the crank handle.  Earlier 
ones did not have this, and most who own those models have some 
kind of jig attached to the instrument panel to hold the crank.  My 
snowblower is apparently in this latter category.  The simplest mount 
would be an eyebolt threaded into the casting.  This is probably what I 
will do.

Finally, a question about the transaxle.  I notice that mine produces an 
odd surging effect in low-low. 

Several people reported a similar effect when going downhill (and my 
property is pretty much nothing but hills).  One said his "surges" once 
when first starting up from a stop in LL.  With all these reports, my 
guess is that it's pretty much typical behavior.

Most suggested checking the drive belt tension.  Two people 
mentioned the possibility of transaxle input shaft bearing wear; one of 
them said the shaft is not hardened and that long use could result in 
some wear.  However it's a standard transaxle and repair parts are still 

I will recheck drive belt tension.  Otherwise, I probably won't worry very 
much unless it gets a good lot worse.

Thanks again to all who responded.  I hope I can pass along some help 
to someone else who needs it in the future.

     David Roden          THE VIRTUAL PD         
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