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Old 01-14-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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The chute on my snowblower keeps clogging every 6 steps I take. As I am just new to using one I wondered if there is anything I can spray or do to solve this problem. Thanks.....

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Ayuh,... A fresh coat of Rustoleum enamel does Wonders....

Fluid Film is another alternative...

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what does the inside of the chute look like? If the paint is deteriorated, flaking, scratched, whatever and especially if there is rust, that would prevent smooth flow of the snow.


Also, some types of snow (heavy wet) tends to clog a lot easier, especially with a lower powered unit as it doesn't have the strength to really throw that type of snow well. If that is the case, you might need to simply take smaller bites.

I have heard of using spray silicone or even things such as Pledge furniture polish. I don't know how long they would last but it seems like it should help for a while.
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Pam (cooking spray)
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Is the impeller spinning properly or is the shear pin broken.
With the engine OFF reach in and see if the impeller spins freely. It should not. It should be fastened to the shaft.
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What these guys have already said is spot on.

Unless you're trying to blow extremely wet, heavy snow, it should not clog the chute.


But this has me wondering... You admit to being a complete novice with this snowblower. Sorry if this sounds insulting, but do you have the engine throttled up?
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Yes engine throttled up and thanks for asking and no offense taken. As a person who always shoveled this is new so again thanks.
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If you are in southern Michigan, you probably have heavy, wet snow that takes time and a lot of power, so walk very slowly and carve out your line. If you are in northern Michigan, you probably have much lighter snow and dual stage with reasonable power will cut throygh 18", but you may have to cut the width of the cut depending on the snow and depth.

During a winter in northern Michigan with about 200" one year, my 12 hp two stage could not be as fast as an eldery neighbors blower with 10 hp and he was always looking for another driveway or sidewalk and then attacked the street in front of his corner lot. - He knew how to make it work.

He did nothing other than drag it into his garge and makes sure the snow and ice dropped off.

Just look at your chute and speed if you have the throttle up.
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Is the impeller spinning properly or is the shear pin broken.
With the engine OFF reach in and see if the impeller spins freely. It should not. It should be fastened to the shaft.


DO NOT REACH IN AND D THAT!!!!


Even with the engine off do not do that because the impeller blades can still get you, trust me.

I did this two years ago. The engine was still running....BUT there s still some torque left n the impeller blades with the engine on or off.

I broke trhee fingers in spots. Had two pins drilled in each finger.

DO NOT STICK YOUR HANDS IN THE CHUTE TO CHECK THE IMPELLER BLADES OR THE AUGER BLADES...PLEASE!!!!!!!


You can use a product called "Spray 9 Snow Shooter.
http://www.acehardwaresuperstore.com...95.html?ref=42

You can use silicone or PAM too.

Here is a picture of my fingers after I was stupid enough to stick my fingers in the chute.
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DO NOT REACH IN AND D THAT!!!!


Even with the engine off do not do that because the impeller blades can still get you, trust me.

I did this two years ago. The engine was still running....BUT there s still some torque left n the impeller blades with the engine on or off.

I broke trhee fingers in spots. Had two pins drilled in each finger.
The engine was still running.... That just the dumbest thing to do. Don't go near the auger or impeller with the engine running. I have no problem with the engine off reaching in.
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The engine was still running.... That just the dumbest thing to do. Don't go near the auger or impeller with the engine running. I have no problem with the engine off reaching in.
I'm telling you right now that you don't do it with or without the engne running. I already met three people who had the same thing happen to me with the engine OFF.

Do what you want.

Anyone else reading this....DO NOT LISTEN T THIS GUY HE'S A FOOL TELLING YOU TO STICK YOUR HAND IN THE CHUTE!!!

Use a stick PLEASE at least 2' to clean the chute just in case the stick hits the impeller blades it won't smash your hand into the chute.
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I'm telling you right now that you don't do it with or without the engne running. I already met three people who had the same thing happen to me with the engine OFF.
Ayuh,... Bullship.... How do broken things get fixed or checked without touching 'em,..??

Motor Off, momentum gone....

If the motor is still Running,.... Sticking ANYTHING in there, muchless your fingers is beyond Stupid.....
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I had the same thing happen to me, when we had a mild spell.
I was wondering why and then a day or so later the drive belts broke.
I installed new belts and that ended any problem with clearing the chute.
I have heard that silicon sprayed in the chute helps keep the snow from sticking. I have yet to try this, but have purchased some and I will be trying it out.
While on the silicon subject, I did spray the rubber around the doors on my van and it keeps them from freezing shut.
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I'm telling you right now that you don't do it with or without the engne running. I already met three people who had the same thing happen to me with the engine OFF.
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Ok Joe. Honestly I'm not on your side but you are obviously very convinced you are right. Can you tell us how checking things with the motor off is dangerous? Bondo makes a good point; how do you check things without actually grabbing them and doing a shake down. Then, what if you have to fix something? Obviously you have to stick your hand in there at some time.

Maybe we are missing something and if so, it would benefit us and anybody we might advise to be aware of some danger we are not seeing.
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Just do the sensible thing and disconnect the plug from the wire also for insurance so there can be no powdered kick-back when things let go.

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