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Impeller Mod- Warranty?

I purchased a new deluxe 24 and I would like to do an impeller mod. I assume that if I did it now it would void my warranty. I was just checking to see if anyone has had first hand experience with a warranty issue after doing a modification like that? I guess I could call the place that does the warranty work and ask them as well but thought I'd start here. This forum has been a great help for me. Thanks
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I can't speak specifically on the warranty beyond saying issues potentially caused by the alteration would be problematic, but I'm wondering how long you've had the machine and if you've had sufficient usage to determine the need and benefit. Have you tried using a lubricant, such as Fluid Film or DuPont Non-Stick Dry Film? Also, look at the gap between the impeller and the housing to verify that you'll benefit from the fix.

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I purchased a new deluxe 24 and I would like to do an impeller mod. I assume that if I did it now it would void my warranty. I was just checking to see if anyone has had first hand experience with a warranty issue after doing a modification like that? I guess I could call the place that does the warranty work and ask them as well but thought I'd start here. This forum has been a great help for me. Thanks
I think it would only void the impeller itself.
The bearing behind it..they could probably deny ..blaming balance
Example if a seal starting leaking on your engine...hard to blame on the impeller.
Also some people have a good experience with warranty claims... others not so much.. yours may not be the same per say as someone else that had a warranty claim and also had an impeller mod. ... depends on the shop.




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Non-impeller-related widgets' warranty should not be affected.
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i wouldnt take the chance, next to no mods until the warantee is expired.

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call me cynical. corporations look for ANY excuse to void a warranty.

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I have a Deluxe 24 and even in wet slushy stuff I see no need for any modifications whatsoever. It works (and worked) fine straight from the dealer. But then again, I'm happy if it throws the snow to the the side of my driveway. I don't care if it won't throw into the next zip code.

Before making any mods, try it out in real snow and see if it actually needs any. You will probably be very happy with the machine as is.

Oh, and if you can't wait for natural snow, you can make your own:

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I have a Deluxe 24 and even in wet slushy stuff I see no need for any modifications whatsoever. It works (and worked) fine straight from the dealer. But then again, I'm happy if it throws the snow to the the side of my driveway. I don't care if it won't throw into the next zip code.

Before making any mods, try it out in real snow and see if it actually needs any. You will probably be very happy with the machine as is.

Oh, and if you can't wait for natural snow, you can make your own:

https://www.snowathome.com/index.php
Thank you WVguy! If a guy spends big bucks on a blower and has to mod the impeller to make it work better, I think he bought the wrong blower... and if I was the dealer I would void the warranty on the entire machine. It puts more strain on everything.

Wake me up when the snow's done...

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They can void the warranty because it was "modified".
Not only will it void the Impeller warranty, but also the engine and drive-train for the impeller because of the added stress on those components by adding the kit.
Think if the impeller would crack near where the holes were drilled into it, and the extra resistance the blower drive and engine have to deal with, the manufacturer doesn't want to loose money by replacing parts that were modified or a failure caused by the modification.
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Non-impeller-related widgets' warranty should not be affected.
sadly it does VOID as i have had to, way to many times by simply using the corp guide lines we have to use.
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