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New Ariens Pro 28 Throws Snow Forward

I've had my Pro 28 for a month now, and I've noticed that it throws a jet of snow forward from the upper left of the auger housing. Depending on the wind direction, this results in ridges of snow on the driveway that have to be cleaned up on a second pass. I've noticed that You-Tube videos of others' snowblowers show other recently made Ariens models doing the same thing. This is clearly a design flaw in the auger as other brands of snowblowers don't do this. I contacted the Ariens company and they sent me a baffle that bolts into carriage-bolt holes which had been pre-drilled at the factory. That and the fact that the accompanying instructions show a copyright date of 2005, indicate that this is a problem which has been known for some time. The baffle reduces but does not eliminate the problem.

Has anyone on the forum besides me dealt with this issue?
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Last one I saw that had that issue the side it had the problem had the auger on backwards.
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The snowblowers in the Ariens promotional videos are doing this also. It doesn't seem likely that all of them have the left auger on backwards.
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Hi Bob

Would it be possible you post a picture of what they sent you? Did they offer to have a dealer pic up the unit. correct the problem, and return it with a sincere apology? Or was that not an option Ariens offered?
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The snowblowers in the Ariens promotional videos are doing this also. It doesn't seem likely that all of them have the left auger on backwards.
Like this one?
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Possible Auger Rakes issues

Bob

If you take a look at the picture I've attached, this has the correct auger rakes on it oriented correctly. When the auger is turning, it pulls the snow to the center of the auger housing so that it can be picked up by the inpeller and thrown out the chute. If an auger is reversed or two of the wrong ones then the snow is not pulled to the center, rather it's pushed to the outside.
Compare yours and see if generally it looks the same.

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Laker,

The video you attached is one example, and there are others. There are also examples from individual Ariens owners on Youtube. As I mentioned, this seems to be an issue that has been known to the company for several years as they have a baffle attachment to address the problem. Attached is a photo of my snowblower.
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Woodtick, the photo I attached in the message I just sent shows the baffle that Ariens sent in place. HCBPH, as far as I can tell, my auger and yours appear to be mounted in the same direction.
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They are on the right way
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It looked to me that the augers were on the right way. I am curious as to what it is about the auger design that causes it to throw snow to the left. It sounds like the vast majority of Ariens owners aren't bothered by it, don't pay any attention to it, and for the ones like me who do, the company sends them a baffle to keep them quiet. I guess it's easier to do that than to retool.
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