Lo-Blo the Air-Broom

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by BLAZERBRUCE, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. BLAZERBRUCE

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    Hello,

    I recently picked up an old Lo-Blo Air-Broom by Atwater Strong INC. I am looking for any information I can find about the blower and company. The Model Number is K 8 CA. The unit is powered by Kohler, and appears to be the 8hp K181 (missing tags). For a small investment of $80 including purchase, I wouldn't mind continuing to restore the unit. Most important the engine has strong compression and a newer Walbro carb, so I feel its worth the investment.

    So far, I have replaced the throttle cable, and finishing up touches on the fabricated replica handles. Plans include repainting the Unit, but I'm not 100% sure on a safe way to remove the blower wheel.

    Thanks,
    Bruce
     
  2. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well, if this is the unit I am thinking of, then there is a nut on the end of the axle that you would just take off. No nut ? Then there might be an E clip that you can just pop off....Is the blower shroud on this unit a light blue ?
     
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  3. BLAZERBRUCE

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    Breezmister,

    The blower shroud is a light blue. I took a look, and there is a nut located on the axel. Once I remove the nut, is the blower wheel pressed on? or should it slide off easily if I soak it in 'break-free'. The blower is cast, and dont want to crack it in the event it shouldn't require force to remove. The only reason I would like to remove the blower wheel is to completely tear down the unit for proper prep and paint next spring.

    Thanks,

    Bruce
     
  4. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The wheel should just slide off as long as the axle is clean, which I doubt :rolleyes: I have used a raw hide mallet to "help" the wheel off turning it as I hit it. Do not use a hammer on the rim, but if you have nothing else, hit the tire and some PB Blaster will help
     
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  5. BLAZERBRUCE

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    Breezmister,

    Thanks for the info, I think will try PB Blaster tommorow morning, and hopefuly have a large enough socket. I have never dissambled a unit like this before, and from what I see, it looks like a sleeve around the shaft, and the blower is fitted to that with a nut. But I will find out tommorow if the weather isnt too bad.

    ~Bruce
     
  6. BLAZERBRUCE

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    I tried using PB Blaster, the Nut is on their solid. The one thing left to do is figure out a way to hold the blower without breaking a fin off and put some arm into it :weightlifter:

    ~Bruce
     
  7. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm guessing you don't have an impact wrench :cry: Breaker bar and a pipe
    works for me when I come across a nut that won't move, just be careful if you try this. Breaker bars do break...and if any part of you anatomy is in the way, it will hurt :(
    Take your time and think out side the box if you don't have the right tools
     
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  8. BLAZERBRUCE

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    .... overnight soaking of PB Blaster, some brute force :weightlifter: and in 2 minutes the nut is removed :) I used a wrench fitted diagonally across the blower to hold it in place and wrench away at it.


    Now for step 2: which might be the real tricky one, removing the blower from the engine output shaft. Too bad the unit isn't fitted for a flywheel puller :rolleyes:


    I'm going to let the blower soak over night again, and then debate what will be a good way to pull it.

    ~Bruce
     
  9. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Glade to hear you got it off....:drinkup: Do a search for removing an impeller and check out some of the tips that where suggested, might give you some ideas on how to remove the impeller/fan on the engine. If I remember correctly, there are some sheet metal screws that hold the front cover on so you can pull the impeller out once you have it off the engine.
    Good Luck
     
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  10. BLAZERBRUCE

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    The impeller is going to be a permenant fixture unless its cut off. Its on their tight enough I found it had a small fracture starting from the sleeve about 2 inches long, and rusty, so at least I know I wasnt the creator. I'll drill a small hole at the opposite end of the crack to prevent it from spreading.

    ~Bruce
     

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