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I was looking around and could not find this. Please excuse me if it's been answered.


What do you do with your machine after you snowblower? do you clean it out? if so how?

I tend to just put it in my shed caked full of snow in the auger housing (I'm not sure if this is the best practice.).
I close the fuel valve and run out the carb and she's waiting for the next snow fall.
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I think you should do your best to get that snow out of the auger housing. Having the impeller freeze up could shred your belts. Having the auger freeze could blow your shear pins or worse, tear up the gear box. If you use it again before it melts of course.

Shear pins are an inconvenience. The other two are expensive.
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I think you should do your best to get that snow out of the auger housing. Having the impeller freeze up could shred your belts. Having the auger freeze could blow your shear pins or worse, tear up the gear box. If you use it again before it melts of course.

Shear pins are an inconvenience. The other two are expensive.

Hey John, thanks!

How do you clean yours out? Stick, Broom, Water?
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Small broom for me and then I scoop out the impeller with my hand the best I can. They say you should never stick your hand in there, but it’s obviously not a problem as long as it’s not “bound up”.
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Common sense rules apply.

You brush off what you can and park it , having it all prepped for the next round … Of course having a compressor with an air gun helps if you so choose.
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I brush off what i can easily reach and wipe off where the broom doesn't reach. I've used the pokey stick that came with it to knock the snow loose from the auger - the last few storms it was warm enough later in my garage to melt the snow off that was left (as long as you don't mind a small puddle)

same applies for the single stage as with the 2 stage.
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I think you should do your best to get that snow out of the auger housing. Having the impeller freeze up could shred your belts. Having the auger freeze could blow your shear pins or worse, tear up the gear box. If you use it again before it melts of course.

Shear pins are an inconvenience. The other two are expensive.
agree 1000%

also before i use mine again i make sure i can move impeller by hand ( with engine off ) to make not froze up.

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I brush as much snow as possible, turn the bucket into the sun (if it's out), use my leaf blower or air compressor to get the rest and dry it as best I can before putting it in the shed.
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I clean it out as well as possible then I use a small space heater inside the bucket to melt and dry everything. Been doing it for years. I even have some plywood that I place around it to hold the heat in. Works great.

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Common sense rules apply.

You brush off what you can and park it , having it all prepped for the next round … Of course having a compressor with an air gun helps if you so choose.
How bout a hairdryer after we clean out as best we can ?
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