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I think my technique needs work...

For my first post as a new member (& novice snow blower who just moved to Wyoming from Texas) I thought I'd start by admitting that I'm probably "doing it wrong".

I own a lightly used 2 stage Craftsman 24" 179cc machine. I've tried it on a couple of snows this year in the 6 - 8" range and gotten the same results. Basically my driveway resembles a plowed field rather than a nice clean piece of concrete. After each pass there is a tidy little "ridge" of snow about 4" high for the entire length of the pass.

I've tried using all the different speed settings, I've significantly overlapped passes, and made sure the motor is revved to the highest setting... all to no effect. The first snow was fairly dry & the most recent one was quite wet (by Wyoming standards), so the snow quality makes no difference either.

Watching the auger blades at work, it looks as if they are actively pushing a small amount of snow out past the sides of the chute all the time. I've closely examined the chute, blades, etc. and I see no evidence that they are bent or damaged. There must be something I'm missing but I don't know what.

Can anyone provide some insight on this? I searched thoroughly and didn't find an answer so I'm afraid it might be such a bone-headed fix that nobody has bothered to post about it.
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Is it possible one of the auger blades is installed backward, so it moves snow to the side instead of the center?
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Welcome to the forum SM, of course if there was maintenance done on the augers sometime they may have been put reversed as Snow pointed out, if you have no recollection of any work done on it then sometimes some people take the full width of their machine at a time and that is what leaves a small ridge so basically depending on height of snow you should take less than full width, sometimes with a foot or higher you should only take half width. Simple as that and as you go along in the season you'll be able to judge the width to take. Good Luck

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Welcome to the forum sm31

A picture of those auger blades would be worth a 1,000 words !

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I found a picture with them backwards. This person put both on backwards BUT you can have both or just one side backwards.

When you look at it the auger comes over the top and towards you so if you can picture that then the blades need to be angled like the marked photo.
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Wow! Thanks for the fast replies everyone! I had not considered that the auger may be backwards. As soon as I get home I'll snap a pic and post it. I wish I had snapped a pic of my pathetic looking (albeit large and very wide) driveway after I finished but I've already taken down the "furrows" with a snow shovel...

As an aside, I found it interesting that the blower seemed to have an efficiency range with regards to throwing snow. When I adjusted the speed to a surprisingly fast rate and hit snow of sufficient depth I could hear the motor sort of load up and the blower would start pitching snow at least 20 feet rather than 5 to 8 feet. Is that normal? Unfortunately, the snow being pushed to the side was even more substantial whenever I had the blower moving that quickly so it wasn't useful... although it was fun throwing snow across the street.

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Are you sure both augers are turning? Could just be one of them operating. Let us kmow.

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Sm I kind of doubt that your auger are backwards but answer me this:

- do you know if someone worked and removed the augers?
- did you notice if you took the whole bucket width when snow blowing?

Normally you adjust your speed with snow thickness and how heavy it is,
for example with light and fluffy and 2 to 4" you can go full bore in speed but if heavy you will have to give your engine a chance,
the next thing you might want to consider if your blower gets the chute bogged full, is a Clarence Impeller kit but wait if you get clogged too often.

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Also, make sure your skids/shoes are set correctly. I put a piece of cardboard under the scrapper bar and set the shoes flush. Do it on a flat surface in your garage.




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