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Stop-n-go auger, or not?!

For those of you with a two-stage snow blower, every time you're not blowing the snow, do you let the auger stop or do you just keep it on? Seems like starting and stopping the auger would stress the belt and other parts.
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i usually just let the auger spin

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For those of you with a two-stage snow blower, every time you're not blowing the snow, do you let the auger stop or do you just keep it on? Seems like starting and stopping the auger would stress the belt and other parts.
It is your choice but where the belts slips when starting it back is if one doesn't wait till all the snow is out when the auger and impeller is stopped.

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You can throttle the engine down before engaging to save some wear on the belt. Then you are working the throttle a lot. Just leave it spin if you have no reason to stop it. It won't hurt anything.

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Let it keep spinning. Does you manual suggest otherwise?

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I usually keep the auger going with my right hand as that is the one usually steering the blower while I move the chute around or engage the drive with my left hand. It's not a conscious thing, it's just something I end up doing. I stop the drive and let the chute clear before turning around for the next pass so I keep the auger going during that.
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I let it keep spinning. Not hurting anything.

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Ok, guys. But I cannot help it!! I have to stop the auger so I can adjust the discharge chute at every turn!!!!! Now my belt is slipping. I've only ran the engine for about 4 hours cumulative so far!! I'm doubting Troy-Bilt quality.
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Ok, guys. But I cannot help it!! I have to stop the auger so I can adjust the discharge chute at every turn!!!!! Now my belt is slipping. I've only ran the engine for about 4 hours cumulative so far!! I'm doubting Troy-Bilt quality.
I'd look for something misaligned (assuming you have the correct belt on it). I've had to start and stop my one machine alot as the auger and drive are controlled by the same cable and it's about 3 years now and still going strong and it was on the machine when I bought it used.
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