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Barrette's Small Engines Inc. - FAQ's

How do I properly adjust the skid shoes on my two-stage snow thrower?

CAUTION: Before performing maintenance on any unit, always disconnect and ground the spark plug wire.

Adjusting the "skid shoes" (a.k.a. "slide shoes" ) on a two stage snow thrower allows you to determine how close to the ground the unit will clear snow.

If you are clearing an even & solid surface, you can adjust the skid shoes as follows:

Note:  Something will be needed to support the auger housing during this adjustment. Find something that might be equal to or close to 1/8 of an inch thick, make sure the width is less than that of your snow thrower (Examples we have used are a piece of wood, a couple sections of newspaper, a sheet(s) of cardboard.). To properly support your unit for this adjustment, do not use anything that is fragile or unstable to support the snow thrower

Place the supporting device underneath the center of the shave plate underneath the auger housing. This support should then elevate the sides of the auger housing slightly.

Now loosen the hardware securing the skid shoes on both sides of the auger housing, slide the shoes until they are even with the ground, then tighten the shoe hardware.

If you now remove the support material, you should find that your shave plate is positioned just slightly above the ground with the shoes properly supporting the entire auger housing.

Special Irregular Surface Adjustment:   If you are clearing a surface that has an unusually irregular surface, such as gravel or cobblestone, you should follow the instructions above with the exception that you should use something much thicker than 1/8 of an inch for support during the adjustment. The actual thickness needed depends on the severity of the surface, or the size of stones covering the surface. Example: If you have stones that are as large as a 1/2 inch in diameter, you would want to use something close to 3/4 of an inch in thickness for this support.

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