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"Roller-Skids" Make Your Snowblower Easy To Handle
“Snow Thrower Roller-Skids make handling and maneuvering snowblowers a much easier job. They also protect surfaces from scuffing and scraping, and won’t wear down like steel or plastic skids,” says Bill Raftery, Raftery Design, Inc., Canton, Ohio.
  Roller-Skids bolt onto both sides of a snowblower, replacing the machine’s original factory skids. They consist of a tough, 1/4-in. thick glass-filled nylon housing with a 2-in. dia. nylon wheel extending down through the middle. To install, you simply unbolt the factory skids and attach Roller-Skids using the same bolts and nuts. Slots in the skid roller’s housing make it easy to adjust the snowblower’s scraper bar height.
  “The wheels roll around easily on dry surfaces, and the skids take over on snow and ice,” says Raftery. “I came up with the idea because I got tired of constantly fighting my snowblower to keep it moving in a straight line. The skids kept grabbing the concrete surface and jerking the machine left or right.
  “Roller-Skids won’t scratch concrete driveways and walkways like steel skids do, and they won’t leave rust stains on your garage floor.”   
  Raftery says he doesn’t recommend using Roller-Skids on gravel surfaces. “They work best on asphalt and concrete drives and walkways,” he says.
  The Skid-Roller retails for $29.95 plus S&H. Replacement wheels retail for $9.95 plus S&H.
  “The Skid-Roller fits snowblowers with 2 3/4 and 3-in. bolt centers, which covers 75 percent of all snowblowers on the market,” says Raftery. “For all other snowblowers with different bolt centers, we offer Universal Adapter Brackets that can be rotated to fit different bolt centers. The same kit also lets you mount practically any skids to any manufacturer’s snowblower.”
  The Universal Adapter Bracket kit retails for $15 plus S&H.
  Raftery sells wholesale to dealers only. “I don’t sell retail, so I welcome dealer inquiries only. You can contact me for a dealer near you,” he says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Raftery Design, Inc., Canton, Ohio (bill@rafterydesign.com; www.roller-skid.com)

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