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Platinum 30 SHO possible belt slip

This is my first time on this forum, it looks like a wealth of information. I fired up my new Platinum 30 SHO today and ran the auger. The engine immediately bogged down and stalled. There was nothing in the auger so I suspected it was a belt issue. I removed the plastic cover and noticed one of the belts had come off the auger pulley. It was an easy fix however I noticed that when I run the engine and start the auger the belts appear to be pulled to the rear.

I've attached a photo of the belts running with the auger engaged. You can see the belts being pushed to the rear slightly. Also, I attached a YouTube link of the action.

Is this normal or something that should be addressed before a snow fall?

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Hi Sir, you should have looked it over definitively, but before you do you might want to tighten the auger pulley nut, by tightening I mean just the nut and not tightening the belt, it looks like your pulley has just a slight angle to the front so the belt goes back. If the nut is tightened already then I suggest you bring to your dealer. Good Luck

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The auger belt(s) coming off is not normal and needs to be fixed since the belts will be damaged and the problem will be worse under snow load. The video is not long enough for me to see the running alignment.

Attached is a pic of my belts alignment. I think it may be easier to check for alignment of the belt on the tension side, between the impeller pulleys and the auger pulleys on the engine shaft as viewed from the other side of the machine from your picture. If the both sets of pulleys are not bent or loose and align then the problem may be as Normex suggested in the idler pulley alignment.

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Go back to dealer...alignement problem on new machine. Go for repair under warranty.
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HEY!!! Thanks for posting this problem. I am sitting at the table punching my keyboard in search of info on the same machine with intentions of purchase. I think I will chase something else. Thanks again--

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The pulleys look cockeyed compared to the pulley bracket. The side of the pulley touching the belts looks closer to the bracket and the other side looks farther away from the bracket.

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Mine had the same exact issue and I ended up bringing it in for warranty work.
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It looks like the engine sheave is out of alignment. Both belts seem a little cantered.

I also noticed that the auger brake return spring is not hooked into the slot properly. Not a big deal. But it might be wearing the belt cover.

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It maybe my eyes but the belts look twisted. If that happened, replace both belts. they will be damaged and not seat properly.
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