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ariens 28 SHO missing snow, no electric start

In early 2018 we bought a new from dealer Ariens deluxe 28 SHO. After using it about 6 times it appears:

Pros: plenty of power, turns nicely as advertised, hardly uses gas
cons: electric starter is dead (in conversation with dealer regarding this issue), machine tends to bounce and needs weight on front, has some issue with leaving snow behind. see photo

I have leveled the machine bucket and all looks good. But when I push into snow over 2" in depth the left side consistently leaves a ridge of snow. You can see it clearly in the photo. As I use the snowblower one can clearly see a spray of snow coming out the top of the left front of the bucket. NOthing like that happens on the right. The upshot is that it leaves a trail of snow, as seen in the photo. This is a new machine, and the level checked several times for the shoes (both sides equal).

Any suggestions as to the cause, and how to fix? Could something be wrong with the auger blades?

thanks for any help

Sean in Anchorage
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From that picture it's impossible to really tell where the ridge of snow is coming from or how it's happening. Would need to see a video of the machine running and where exactly that small ridge is actually coming from in order to offer a solution. Sorry. Post a video and I'm certain you'll receive lots of input.
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seems a normal issue to me as all of my past and current toro's do the same .leave a pile to one side making for a repeat pass.
sometimes, something bothers some but not all,personally i just got used to it,

as to the starter that should be under warranty still,
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my 2 stage machines do the need to worry.

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The snow moving to the left and over the top of the augers happens to most machines that have fast impeller speeds. I have not noticed it make a deposit such as your pic shows. The pic looks like you have no overlap, running your blower right at the edge of the snow to the left (when blowing left to right down the row). Have you tried allowing an inch or two of no snow on left side?

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That seems to be normal. It's the bottom of the impeller throwing excess snow to the left where the auger spits it out. You can see it in this video. Not sure if this is just an issue with the SHO or with all new Ariens. In his Toro 928 OAE video you can see that machine spits out the excess forward more evenly.

I think most blowers have this issue to some extent, But Ariens seem to be a bit worse than others to the point where it's a nuisance.

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My 28 SHO leaves the same ridge of snow. I just overlap each row a little and that solves the problem.

The electric starter on mine also quit working. The starter would spin but not engage. I removed the starter and soaked and cleaned the shaft with liquid wrench and the gear now moves like it should and the starter works great again.

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My machine is older, but also tends to leave a strip of snow on the side, where I just cleared (left or right).

I used to try slowing down enough to avoid it. I've since decided that it's quicker to clear as quickly as possible on the main (first) pass, and allow some overflow. Then I go back, in 6th gear, and do fast cleanup passes to get the overflow strips.

It's not perfect, but it has seemed quicker than going slowly enough to avoid overflows.

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Re: ariens 28 SHO missing snow, no electric start

The video posted by bisonp shows perfectly what is happening. And it sounds like this is a common occurrence with the ariens. The little ridge is not enough of a bother to go back and clean up (Im lazy), but it helps to know that others see that same issue.

The machine is under warranty so hopefully we can get the starter fixed. thanks for the comments and the video. The comments are a big relief. I was worried the augers were bent

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I never gave much thought or worry to the ridge mine (28 Ariens Pro) makes. I did add weight...a 25# SS bar under the auger housing. The weight helps a lot.
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