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I have a Toro 524/38040 Snow Thrower and I need to adjust the skid shoe height. It states to measure from the auger to the ground but it has a scraper bar that is spring loaded. Don't I  measure from the bottom of the scraper to the ground and it should be I think 1/8 of an inch gap. If I measure from the auger, the scraper bar still touches the ground first being spring loaded. I need your help!!!!     Thank You; Vick

If you have a very smooth, level area that you remove snow from I would follow Toro's recommendation.

However, I live in the real world with gaps and uneven sidewalk transitions.  I would set the skid shoes about 1/8 of an inch higher than the scraper bar like you described in order to extend the life of the scraper bar.


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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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