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post #1 of 15 Old 05-24-2014, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Turning the Auger blades

Hi all, I have been lurking a little here. Not much going on now that the snow is gone huh?
Now it is lawn mower time.
I HATE CUTTING GRASS!
Makes it a little more enjoyable with my rear engine 12 1/2 hp ride on Snapper.
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Down by my scraper bar a little of the paint in spots is off on the inside of the housing and a little rust was starting. It is down by the scraper bar. I would like to touch it up.

Is there anyway to turn the auger by hand? I just need to rotate it to get it out of the way in spots. I tried to tie down the auger handle and turn, I didn't try to turn it too hard but it won't budge.

For the little I have to paint I don't want to remove the blades, is there anyway to turn it by hand?
Take the plug out, hold the handle down and pull the start cord maybe?

For the little I have to paint I might just clean it up and use a small brush and brush it on, as it is on the inside. I just want to protect it some. But rotating the auger, then working/painting, then rotating it again to move on to a different spot would be nice.

Anyone know is there any easy way to turn it?

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just slip the belt of the pulley. then u can turn them till the cows come home.

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Waterlooboy2hp said this (in a PM?) that it should work too
Remove the spark plug --- Engage the auger --- Pull the recoil, and the auger should turn. -- John

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Yup, that should work. Sometimes it's easier if you have the room for your hand to just pull the belt cover and reach down and manually spin the big pulley. Depends on if the belt is nice and new (too tight) or a little sloppy and lets you spin easily.

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The easier way is to just turn the impeller. You can push the impeller with a stick down the chute or by pushing from the front if you can get your stick all the way to the back. Just be careful and most people will tell you not to stick your hand down the chute (though honestly most of us probably just turn it by hand anyway). Removing the spark plug or at least the wire will stop the engine from turning.

The augers are connected to the impeller via a worm gear so you can only turn the impeller to spin the augers and not the other way around. The auger brake will still drag unless you push the handle part way down, but the brake usually doesn't hold very tight.

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Pull out the shear pins.

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I think we have a winner. +1 Pull the shear pin.

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I think we have a winner. +1 Pull the shear pin.
As long as the auger sections aren't rusted onto the shaft - works perfect. If they are rusted on then that's something you also want to attend to and get corrected, and grease/lube the shaft up well once it's loose.
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I thought that I answered these replies way back when.
Not like me to not reply, sorry.

Take the shear pins out.....that is a winner.
Don't know why I didn't think of that before I posted this thread.

That is what I did, my shaft is nice and free wheeling no rust.

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