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post #1 of 16 Old 01-31-2019, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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ST824LE Auger froze up

Hi all, first timer on these boards. My blower worked great last week. Went to use it the other day, and when I engage the auger, I hear the belts squealing and nothing rotates. I am unable to rotate the auger by hand also. Was hoping to get some guidance as what the issue may be. If i take it to the shop it's at least a 2 week wait. Thanks for any help.
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Could be ice, but by looks of your photo maybe not. You could try to split the lower off the tractor, remove the belts and try to turn the the impeller and the auger. Years ago I got a piece of gravel between the bucket and the auger Ariens shear pins did not shear and I took out the gears in the auger assembly. Also check the engagement lever the way it pushes the belt down tight. Is the roller good, is the spring on and the arm sitting in the right place, are the belts toast?
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If it does not turn with the belts off...Ö look to see in the gear box if the roll pin dropped out see photo if I can upload??
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Check whether the impeller is literally frozen to the drum.
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Would a space heater right in front of the auger help? I'd place a karosene heater right in front for an hour.
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Remove the belt cover and remove the shear pins then see.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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Also cover with a heavy tarp or sleeping bag to keep heat in may take hr or longer to unfreeze, I would guess that ice is built up behind the impeller from blowing wet snow. My self after blowing wet snow I pour a bucket of warm or hot water down the chute then run blower for a minute lift blower up by handle bars for a minute and all water is gone. Ask me how I know 30 years ago I did the same thing my craftsman froze up

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Thanks for the tips guys. Iíll be trying these out and see whatís going on. Need to wait a couple days. Been insanely cold here. -50ís wind chill.
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I've never had this issue with my Ariens blowers but my Snappers ALWAYS froze if I left anything in the bucket. I used to keep a heat gun handy and point it down the chute if it froze.


The best way I found to prevent it was to put something under the wheels so that the whole unit tipped forward and water drained out. I had a customer with a Toro that did the same thing, jacking the wheels stopped it for them as well.


You will probably have to replace the belt if it heated up. It doesn't take much to damage them if the impeller is frozen, been there, done that.
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Put a block of 2x10 under the wheels, or double it up to drain the water from the auger housing as you are calling it quits.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale

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I just went thru this. Save yourself some major time possibly.. see if the auger gear case is out of oil. If it is.. you MIGHT get lucky by re-filling it (80W90 Gear oil will work) It worked in the case of one of my church ST1032s.. I got VERY lucky..
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