January 22, 2021

How to adjust snowblower skid shoes

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes

The snowblower skid shoes control the height of the auger housing, which contains the augers and shave plate. When set at the correct height, the skid shoe prevents the augers and shave plate from scraping against the ground. Skid shoes wear down during snowblower use so check shave plate height regularly and adjust the skid shoes as shown in this repair guide/video to keep the shave plate ¼-inch high.

Each skid shoe is reversible, so when one side wears out, you can flip it over and use the other side. When both sides wear out, it’s time to replace them. Follow the steps in our How to replace a snowblower skid shoe repair guide/video to install new skid shoes.

Use this basic procedure to adjust skid shoes on Craftsman, Ariens, Husqvarna, Troybilt, MTD, Murray, Snapper, Poulan and Noma snowblowers.

Quick links
Tools required
Wrench set
Cardboard
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to adjust snowblower skid shoes

How to adjust snowblower skid shoes video

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Lay down cardboard

    Lay down a sheet of cardboard or flattened shipping box that’s almost as wide as the shave plate.

    Place the cardboard so that it’s under the shave plate but not under the skid shoes.

    PHOTO: Lay down cardboard.

    PHOTO: Lay down cardboard.

    PHOTO: Park the snowblower over the cardboard.

    PHOTO: Park the snowblower over the cardboard.

  2. 02.

    Adjust the skid shoes

    Loosen the skid shoe bolts on both sides so the shoes drop down flat on the ground.

    Tighten the skid shoe bolts.

    PHOTO: Tighten the skid shoe bolts.

    PHOTO: Tighten the skid shoe bolts.

  3. 03.

    Store the cardboard

    Keep the sheet of cardboard handy so you can adjust skid shoe position regularly and prevent excessive shave plate wear.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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