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post #1 of 10 Old 02-11-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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My snow blowing winter so far

After the first storm my ariens performed perfect. I had about a 30" drift as a driveway. I bolted on the drift cutter and got to work, blowing snow upwind to my front yard. By the time I got to the other side of my 2 car driveway, it was deeper and far more packed but my machine chewed it like hotdogs at the Nathan's contest. Then I had to do my father's 50' driveway and even brought it to my girlfriend's apartment complex and helped people dig their cars out.

After the next storm, again it performed flawlessly until I left it sitting in the truck overnight under 10 degrees. It took 10 minutes of pulling to get it to start (usually first pull) because it was so cold and hard to pull. Then it wouldn't move. I tipped it up in the snow and pulled the bottom plate and the drive wheel wasn't moving to touch the friction disk!! I beat and pryed on it with a snow brush until it moved, then I worked it for a few minutes and I was in business!! I left the heat on in the garage for a few hours to thaw it after that.

This last storm I was again doing well. I had changed the oil with synthetic because it's on sale at Napa and it was absolutely ripping snow. Things were great until it ate a branch which stopped the impeller for half a second before it shredded it and threw it. From then I couldn't stop the impeller. I took the belt cover off and found the belt had flipped. I straightened it hoping it would hold until I was done but no luck!! I spent a few hours tracking a belt down and got back to work, then up to dads to clear his place without another hitch.

All in all pretty good so far. Been keeping an eye on engine oil, keeping it 1/4" overfull, and the auger lube because the seals leak a bit.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-11-2015, 09:41 PM
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Sounds like you have a beast there.....good luck for you in the Boston area.
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i'll bet you made lots of people happy at your GF's apartment complex

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The people at the complex loved it. The "plow guy" runs through a few times and pushes a path that piles up behind cars. A guy who is supposed to come run a tractor and move it all always shows up at least half a day later than I think he should. Ariens to the rescue!!

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Good to see you're out there blowing snow with avengance. Would love to see pic of the beast in action.

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Nice story. Ha! And for your exact experience, that's the reason I keep two spare belts and a friction disc for my two stage and paddles, belt, and scraper bar for my single stage. The only times they'll break is when you need them. Sorry but im a what if guy
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Now I understand the price of my generosity in such a harsh winter. I've had 2 driveways to clear, helped people at my GF's apartment, and I also took a couple jobs widening some driveways, shoveled some roofs, chopped channels in an ice dam, and even fixed a few plow trucks. Now I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms in my left hand. I think it will subside now that winter is finally winding down. Be careful out there.

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Great job, doing well by others. Congratulations and well done!

This is the second thread I've seen where someone mentions an impeller jam causing belt issues. Is it that the shear bolt does not break quickly enough? Or maybe there is no shear bolt on the impeller on some machines?
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On the machines I've had, there is no shear bolt on the impeller itself, no. Frequently the impeller itself (the "fan") rusts solidly to the impeller shaft anyhow. So even if there was a shear bolt there, in these cases, it would not be able to break anyhow.

Removing the rusted fan from the shaft often requires heat and a hydraulic press, from what I've read. Not just a hammer, etc.

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