Originally Posted by Jack S
I have a 1982, John Deere 826, snowblower that throws snow about half the width of the double driveway. Engine, drivetrain and belts are in good repair. Dealer has rebent paddles on the impeller. I spent probably as much money as the machine is worth, but I like this blower. Any Ideas?
Hello Jack S, I'm HDNewf from the Home Depot out of Chicago. Old or not, that's a nice big 10HP machine you have.
You should not have to do a "HiPerf mod" your 826 for it to throw snow a lot farther than 8 feet. Engine speed, loose belt or an impeller problem are likely suspects. Why did the dealer "re-bend" the impeller rather than replace it?
Seems odd they let it out of the shop in a poor working condition.
In any event, you can check for a loose belt simply by removing the cover at the front of the engine. If it has run for a while like this you will see the glaze on the belt from slippage. Engine speed you will know by sound. That leaves the "re-bent" impeller.
I hope this helps.