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Replacement shear pins for snowthower OEM or aftermarket (eBay)

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by pumadude, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. pumadude

    pumadude Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    OEM MTD shear pins without a cotter pin are $5 each through most retail and online suppliers.

    I can buy 10 aftermarket shear pins with cotter pins made for MTD on eBay for a little less than $20 shipped to my door.

    Is there a real difference in functionality between the two? Does the non-OEM ebay ones shear at the same forces of OEM?
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    FWIW, my father in law has only used an actual sheer pin as a replacement on 1 blower ever- next size smaller fully threaded button head screws are his usual choice. They hold a bit longer but still sheer, and are much cheaper. (I have never met someone who so embraces the concept of being cheap- he'll spend 2 hours and $25 little by little to avoid spending $25...)
  3. Chris112lee

    Chris112lee Member
    Messages: 64

    I always suggest going with the originals, since I have seen people replace them with bolts, and other types of pins and destroy their gear box. Most people only go through a couple pins a year, and IMO its not worth the risk.

    BTW you can buy 6 for $10 on ebay.