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Craftsman 88874 28" 357cc 3-Stage won't thow snow that has any wetness to it

I have this Craftsman Snowblower 28" 357cc 3-Stage that I bought 3 years ago and so frustrated with it because it won't throw snow that has any moisture/water in it. Does fine in cold light snow. There are two saucer like blades in the middle that just won't work went it encounters any resistance with wet snow. I am beginning to think this design sucks for any snow other than light snow. Seemed reasonable at the time!

It has been happening from day one so I am guessing it is not the belts. If I back up and then drive into the snow, I feel like it is grinding and then it gives up. Is it just a fact of life with these snowblowers. I am tempted to dump it and get another as I am so frustrated but wanted to check if anyone had any ideas or solutions. BTW, I did also spray it down with WD40 and I'll look again but all the shear pins are intact and it does spin.

Model Number: 247.888740 [Craftsman 88874]
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I have this Craftsman Snowblower 28" 357cc 3-Stage that I bought 3 years ago and so frustrated with it because it won't throw snow that has any moisture/water in it. Does fine in cold light snow. There are two saucer like blades in the middle that just won't work went it encounters any resistance with wet snow. I am beginning to think this design sucks for any snow other than light snow. Seemed reasonable at the time!

It has been happening from day one so I am guessing it is not the belts. If I back up and then drive into the snow, I feel like it is grinding and then it gives up. Is it just a fact of life with these snowblowers. I am tempted to dump it and get another as I am so frustrated but wanted to check if anyone had any ideas or solutions. BTW, I did also spray it down with WD40 and I'll look again but all the shear pins are intact and it does spin.

Model Number: 247.888740 [Craftsman 88874]
I would have a good looksee at those belts. sounds like they are not adjusted right or the wrong one's. Anyhoo ALOHA From The Paradise City.

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I will check them out! Thanks!
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Most likely the auger drive belt slipping when under load due to the heavier snow. How do I know this? That is what my crafstman 30" blower was doing during our first heavy snow yesterday... I adjusted the idler pulley to it's full extent for max tension and it helped but the impeller still clogged and stopped turning when loaded up with snow. With the belt cover off I could see the pulley slipping and it get's hot real fast and will damage your belt if you continue to use it this way. Today I will be seeing if a cable adjustment helps but I have a feeling the belt is worn / stretched beyond where adjustment will give it the needed tension, and will be shopping for a new belt

Anyone have any experience with this? My machine is a early 90's era Sears Crafsman Model C9050-52330-3 -- 10 HP 30 inch snowblower... belt is not broken or cracked that I can see, but I would imagine this belt does wear/stretch given it is used as the clutch mechanism for the auger drive.
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Others on here have complained about the 3 Stage not doing it's job. Can you remove that piece?

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maybe auger belt is slippin, theres always an adjustment to the belt on how tight, or loose, that can be done.
on next wet snowfall remove belt cover and check to see if belt is slipping.
or just make the adjustment as tight as it will go.
or belt is too long for machine.
oil/grease on belt

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