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Plastic lining in chute

Since I am doing a complete overhaul on my Ariens,I started thinking, is it worth the trouble to put in 1/16 plastic lining in the chute like the yamaha has, Does it help that much or is it just a slight upgrade. I would LOVE to be able to put the snow on the other side of the street when clearing the sidewalk LOL, But will the lining really help in distance or is it more to just stop the wet stuff from sticking.
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I think it will help stop rust, and stop snow from sticking. There is a recent thread about the material to use. I believe that UHMW is recommended.
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Since I am doing a complete overhaul on my Ariens,I started thinking, is it worth the trouble to put in 1/16 plastic lining in the chute like the yamaha has, Does it help that much or is it just a slight upgrade. I would LOVE to be able to put the snow on the other side of the street when clearing the sidewalk LOL, But will the lining really help in distance or is it more to just stop the wet stuff from sticking.
The stock Yamaha's have closer to a 1/8" formed piece of Teflon for the chute, the 1028 and 1332 have about a 1/4" piece lining the impeller housing also.

I used a 1/16" sheet of UHMW plastic during my rebuild for several reasons. First, it will protect the paint and metal from premature damage and rusting; it most definitely prevents snow and ice build up, especially after the type of sticky snow we had today, my chute remained perfectly clear after several hours of heavy use; due to the ultra low friction properties and added abrasion resistance of both Teflon and UHMW it most definitely aids in snow evacuation and increased throwing distance but by how much I cannot say. I can certainly see a distinct snow pattern when turning the chute side to side created by the plastic liner when shooting straight up. The benefits outweigh any reason not to install it. The hardest part is fitting a template and cutting it to shape in the plastic sheet. Increasing the distance is best gained by an impeller modification either with a liner to reduce clearance or zero clearance extensions on the impeller itself. Good Luck!

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Of course "stopping the wet stuff from sticking" would go a long way toward improving distance. And, in my opinion, is more important than distance. I think the answer comes in your evaluating your machine. If snow is sticking to the chute, your effectiveness is being impacted and there's several things you can do including a chute lining. If on the other hand, your chute's not clogging improving the chute is of little consequence in terms of distance..

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Improving the Chute is of LARGE Consequence. Chute Upgrade on 10000 series is like Night and Day for Throwing Distance.
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The stock Yamaha's have closer to a 1/8" formed piece of Teflon for the chute, the 1028 and 1332 have about a 1/4" piece lining the impeller housing also.

I used a 1/16" sheet of UHMW plastic during my rebuild for several reasons. First, it will protect the paint and metal from premature damage and rusting; it most definitely prevents snow and ice build up, especially after the type of sticky snow we had today, my chute remained perfectly clear after several hours of heavy use; due to the ultra low friction properties and added abrasion resistance of both Teflon and UHMW it most definitely aids in snow evacuation and increased throwing distance but by how much I cannot say. I can certainly see a distinct snow pattern when turning the chute side to side created by the plastic liner when shooting straight up. The benefits outweigh any reason not to install it. The hardest part is fitting a template and cutting it to shape in the plastic sheet. Increasing the distance is best gained by an impeller modification either with a liner to reduce clearance or zero clearance extensions on the impeller itself. Good Luck!
Where did you purchase the sheet of material?

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Improving the Chute is of LARGE Consequence. Chute Upgrade on 10000 series is like Night and Day for Throwing Distance.
Jackmels, you're emphatic and obviously knowledgeable on what you say so I'd appreciate your helping me out with this because I'm not familiar with 10000 series chutes. What is it about these chutes that make them so susceptible to sticking snow that adding a liner would always make a substantial improvement?
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You can Google it, you can order online from Walmart, Home Depot, many plastic places even locally, Grainger's. It's polyethylene, very common, even comes in colors though white is the most common, black next. You can get it in different widths, sheets, as tape, and with an adhesive backing. You may be able to attach it with a contact cement or construction adhesive but generally best would be attached with #6 stainless machine screws using washers and torque nuts or similar.
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Your Quote "improving the chute is of little consequence in terms of distance" is Incorrect. Anyone who Mods their Own equipment Knows this.
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Your Quote "improving the chute is of little consequence in terms of distance" is Incorrect. Anyone who Mods their Own equipment Knows this.
Jackmels, I certainly don't mind being quoted and say plenty of things that are incorrect, but I don't like someone taking only part of what I said to give the impression I'm incorrect and then criticize me for it.

What I said was:
If on the other hand, your chute's not clogging improving the chute is of little consequence in terms of distance.

The concept I was trying to make is entirely correct: if the chute is not a problem, correcting it will be of little consequence. And note that the original question concerned degree of improvement so what I said is entirely correct.

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