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post #1 of 20 Old 01-27-2019, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Why are impeller kits not standard on snowblowers?

If impeller kits improve wet snow handling a lot, the weak spot of most blowers. Why is it not how blowers are designed and sold originally?
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It costs the manufacturers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
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I'd guess:

- extra manufacturing steps
- cost
- more things to maintain (what if the factory fasteners come loose after 10 years, or the rubber degrades?)
- cost
- most users wouldn't know what it is, and therefore wouldn't want to pay extra for it



And, in a way, you could say that an impeller kit highlights some manufacturing imperfections in the machine. The kit is there to close up the gap that the manufacturer created in the first place. So maybe it would be an "awkward" thing for manufacturers to advertise. "This model has something to improve on the poor performance of our other machines!"

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In todays climate, one would come loose and cause damage and there would be a big lawsuit against the maker.
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look what people did to the harley davidson.......they made them better and Harley paid attention....regular people are always trying to make stuff better and if the manufacturer is smart they will implement those improvements.

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It would be a wear part, not easy to change out like skid plates


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Ha, that's a good point. And think of how many machines we see with worn out skid shoes. And they're easy to see, and easy to change!

Now, my impeller kit is going on 5 years old, but the baler belt that I used still looks pretty much new, when I peeked at it earlier this season. But even if it isn't wearing out due to the snow and ice, the rubber will still eventually degrade with time, and fail. I made the kit myself, so I can replace it when that happens. But it would just be an extra piece of maintenance for the average homeowner to ignore, I'm afraid.

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Old single stage paddles are great to use for impeller kits!
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It would be a wear part, not easy to change out like skid plates


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It's not a wear part

oldest kit 9 yrs old looks the same as in 2009
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Old single stage paddles are great to use for impeller kits!
Agree, I have used the old paddles from my Toro CCR - 2000 for impeller mod on my 10HP Ariens & Craftsman. Craftsman has about 4 years on it and doing fine and the Ariens has 2 years. Recycle those single stage paddles!

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