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Pushing vs. throwing snow

First snow of the year. I was ready (I thought) and had everything gassed up with fresh fuel and started them both last weekend. Anyway I get the little Toro out to clear up by the garage then bust out the Sno-TeK 24" to clear the driveway (750 ft long) and all it wanted to do was plow (push) the snow in front of the blower, it wasn't gathering it in the front at all. All the augers are turning as is the 2nd stage. There was about 5" of snow and the first inch or so was a little slushy and it would just pile up at the front scraper and then start sliding in front of the machine. The auger was all packed with snow and nothing was getting past it to the 2nd stage.

Normally I spray the entire auger area and chute with silicone to help keep it from plugging up in real wet heavy snow conditions but I forgot to do that last weekend. It's 17 here the snow is really fluffy.

It's in the shop getting thawed out now and hopefully the silicone spray will solve the problem when I get home tonight.

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When you say "The auger was all packed with snow and nothing was getting past it to the 2nd stage" were the augers still spinning at that stage?

My first thought was that you have broken shear pins..which will allow the augers to spin at first, appearing to be "normal", but then not have the strength to bite into the snow and move it toward the impeller.

Its also possible the chute was clogged up with slush.

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When you say "The auger was all packed with snow and nothing was getting past it to the 2nd stage" were the augers still spinning at that stage?

My first thought was that you have broken shear pins..which will allow the augers to spin at first, appearing to be "normal", but then not have the strength to bite into the snow and move it toward the impeller.

Its also possible the chute was clogged up with slush.

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The augers were spinning and the sheer pins are still in place. When it was off I grabbed the augers and they will not spin freely at all. No clog in the chute. Just snow packed around the main auger. In the first few feet it seemed to work fine then the snow just started piling up in front and started sliding down the pavement.
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Heated garage? Maybe it was melting/freezing on contact?

I've had problems in the past with wet heavy snow just being pushed instead of blown, but that was with an antique machine. I also silicone everything but I question its effectiveness. Some folks here use cooking spray, which I may try next time.
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Heated garage? Maybe it was melting/freezing on contact?

I've had problems in the past with wet heavy snow just being pushed instead of blown, but that was with an antique machine. I also silicone everything but I question its effectiveness. Some folks here use cooking spray, which I may try next time.
Garage where the machine normally sits is not heated. Workshop is tho and it's in there now to melt all the snow then I'll spray it down with silicone when I get home.
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go slow when trying to blow wet heavy snow

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go slow when trying to blow wet heavy snow
Tried going in the lowest speed setting. Problem is that it's not wet heavy snow. Light and fluffy but the bottom inch or so has slushed up from the retained heat in the blacktop from 3-4 days ago. It snowed 8 inches in the last 2 days but my driveway never had more than a couple inches in it, retained heat melted it. I think it's a combination of this and not spraying it down with some silicone yet.
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I duunno... Something just ain't soundng right. Even under the most adverse conditions something should be coming out of the chute. Something is wrong that somehow is being overlooked.

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Have you checked the belt tension\condition? Possibly slipping when placed under a load and fine when standing still. A functioning impeller would as least push the snow out the chute like cookie dough.

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I duunno... Something just ain't soundng right. Even under the most adverse conditions something should be coming out of the chute. Something is wrong that somehow is being overlooked.
I know what you mean. When I get home tonight I'll spray it with some silicone, put it in low speed and put a zip tie on the controls so I can walk around front and watch it. Maybe the shear pin for the 2nd stage is broken and I just can't see that. It was dark out.
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