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Exclamation So, my craftsman sucked up a welcome mat. Shoot me in the face.

We had a blizzard on Long Island today. I take out the Craftsman 26" Quiet 208cc Dual-Stage Zero Turn Snowblower. All goes well for the most part. We had about 1 foot of very heavy and wet snow. As I'm finishing up near my landlady's door my snowblower sucked up her thick, rubber welcome mat.

The snowblower shut off before I realized what had happened. The entire mat was torn up and snagged in the auger. It took me a few minutes to remove it. Predictably, the snowblower wouldn't start up. I'm worried that my new snowblower is really damaged. It's a new snowblower and I've only used it once before without any trouble.

Now, I only used the recoil starter a few times and quit trying after a few attempts as it was quickly getting dark. I figured I'd try it again when I had some daylight to work with tomorrow.

I didn't notice any damage to the auger but, I'm worried I've damaged something else. Any suggestions as to what I should check? What would you be checking?

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Any good advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I would check for broken auger pin. Does the auger move at all by hand? Unplug the spark plug before you try that.

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I would make sure the auger turns freely.


Disconnect the spark plug wire.


Take the belt guard off.


Then try to turn the auger by putting your hand in the chute. Watch to not get your fingers snagged between the impeller and impeller housing, that fn hurts.


If its possible, engage the auger and look at the impeller pulley to see if there is any sideways or in and out play. Maybe have someone help you to engage and disengage while you look for play. If no play is seen, move on.


Once it's confirmed that it rotates freely and no play is seen check for broken shear pins on both augers (left and right). replace if necessary.


re plug the spark plug


Get the engine running, stalling the engine while in load might have flooded the cylinder some.


Once engine runs, in idle, engage the auger and listen for abnormal sounds and look for warped pulleys (on the engine output shaft and the impeller pulley. if all runs straight and true, then u are lucky.






shut engine and replace the belt guard.

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I would check for broken auger pin. Does the auger move at all by hand? Unplug the spark plug before you try that.

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lol u beat me to it, and just confirmed that it took me more than 8 mins to type my post, lolll

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I'm not understanding why it's not starting. If auger clutch is disengaged the motor would be free.
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Id be surprised if that damaged the engine. but crazier things have happened.

Going out on a limb. If you cant get the engine to start using the electric starter, look into the possibility of a sheared flywheel keyway. Check For spark.

The flywheel has alot of momentum, a super abrupt stop can potentially cause the key to shear. You could even potentially have spark but at the wrong time. But then youd likely notice popping through he carb or muffler.

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I too would be surprised if this damaged your engine.
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I don't know the engine or blower in question but is it possible that there is a feature which will not allow the engine to run with a broken shear pin? Maybe check the owner's manual? OP said it was a fancy new machine.
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I don't know the engine or blower in question but is it possible that there is a feature which will not allow the engine to run with a broken shear pin? Maybe check the owner's manual? OP said it was a fancy new machine.
Oh yeh , you mean that Bluetooth WiFi shear pin thing
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Thanks so much for all the responses and the wonderful advice. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to go to work today due to the blizzard. If I do have the day off I'll be focused on getting the Snowblower running and following the great advice you've all offered here.

I'll post an update as soon as I find out what shape the blower is in. Thanks again everyone.
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