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Crunch went the Chute cleaner........

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Was using the beast machine the other day and about half way through my snow blowing I heard and felt a crunch and my snowblower stalled out. I figured perhaps a small tree branch might have got chopped, so cranked her up again and the machine bogged down again. I peaked down the front of the machine and noticed the snap-on heavy plastic rod that is made for cleaning a clogged chute was missing from it's clip on perch on top of the bucket. Knowing how dangerous it is to play around with the moving parts (augers) i pulled the wire off the spark-plug and moved the auger blade with a stick to make sure no tension was present in the belts. What i then found was half a heavy duty plastic chute cleaner about an inch in diameter broken clean in half, with the half bottom end cleanly missing likely thrown 20 feet downwind. The remaining shaft-half of the cleaning tool was lodged well and good, mangled in the middle of that section the force must have been incredible.

Once unclogged i put the spark plug wire back on, cranked her over and was back in action. I confirmed both side of the primary auger were spinning so no shear bolts were broken and completed my run as usual after that.

Lesson here is always be super careful around moving parts, especially auger blades.

Through this forum many years ago people posted links to video's where people were not careful and have lost fingers, have always put safety first and this incident is a vivid reminder of the number one rule (safety first, these machines are powerful and need to be respected).

Anyway thanks to everyone through the years for educating us all on how to handle our snowblowers.

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Well done … and a reminder for everyone … Safety first.
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Doesn't matter if it's the impeller or the auger, they always win against the hand

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That’s a graphic reminder indeed!
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Yes, that's a sobering reminder to us, to be careful. My Ariens is on its 2nd chute cleaner stick. I lost the 1st one from going into snow that was higher than the bucket height. It was pulled out of its holder by the snow that fell over the bucket top, probably when I reversed out from it, and later, I noticed it in 2 pieces, but fortunately, the blower had chewed through it and just continued to clear snow.
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Yikes! This is the first blower I've owned that actually had a cleaner stick. On my old ones I always used a piece of 1/2" plywood ripped to about 2" in width. The problem was always what to do with the darn thing when I wasn't using it. I finally drilled a hole it in and put a piece of cord on it so I could hang it from the handlebars. If having these things pop off the front of the bucket is a trend, maybe I'll do the same thing with the plastic one. It's nice having one handy. I wish they had made it of a contrasting color instead of black on black, so it would be easier to notice that it was missing. Maybe I'll paint the sucker bright orange!

All that said, I'm still glad they come with one now, and thanks for the reminder to all to USE it! I've grown rather attached to my fingers and prefer to keep them (pun intended).
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When my dad bought our 1971 Ariens and later found out that the exit hole would block up with the slushy snow, he took an old wooden shovel handle and cut it to length and added a point to the end... he added two clips to the right side handle bar where he could drop the 2'+ or so wooden bar down in through the clips and then where the handle bar started to bend, that would stop the so called bar from going anywhere. It was on the machine until I found out that waxing that exit hole solved the problem of any kind of blockage.
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