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Impeller kit, does it really help?

So I keep seeing guys talking about these and I'm curious how much it helps with slush.

I often get slush at the end of the driveway from salt on the road and by slush, I mean horrible to move even with a shovel. It's the slush you get that looks almost clear from the amount of water in it.

Will my Ariens 24" be able to handle this with an impeller kit?


And, how can anyone get themselves to drill into their impeller without crying?
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On youtube there is a guy that put out a with/without video. He's blowing heavy wet slushy edge of street stuff. It helps. He demonstrates it.


I prefer the method of thru-holes and small bolt/washer,nylock nuts over his method of self-tappers. Other than that it's the way to go.

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The very wet stuff that fell last night was no problem for my 208cc Cub Cadet with the impeller kit. I did my whole driveway of slushy snow and didn't have to clear the chute once!

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It helps.. hands down the best addition to a snowblower if you want to add or change anything. The holes being drilled is minor to the machine as they get filled with bolts and rubber on one side. You could put nylon or rubber washer on head side if worried about rust- but never is a issue after several years of use. Drill the holes carefully and remember to start with pilot holes so bit don't jump on you. take chute off and have too it. You'll be glad you did.
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and remember to start with pilot holes so bit don't jump on you.
The instructions for my kit said to use a center punch. I did and the drill bit didn't jump.

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all i read about here is how great impeller kits are.
must be a reason no manufactuer sells them. if they are so great i would think some company would have a line from the factory with them
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+1 on everything Geno said. I put one on the old toro 5/24 I have and it was like a different machine after I was done. It amazed me how much of a difference those little pieces of rubber made. I used and old tractor trailer mudflap that I ripped down to size on a tablesaw.

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So I keep seeing guys talking about these and I'm curious how much it helps with slush.

I often get slush at the end of the driveway from salt on the road and by slush, I mean horrible to move even with a shovel. It's the slush you get that looks almost clear from the amount of water in it.

Will my Ariens 24" be able to handle this with an impeller kit?


And, how can anyone get themselves to drill into their impeller without crying?

it will no doubt help. when you get that heavy slush sleet snow, it's best to just plow it. or, let it melt, if at end of season. snowblowers never were made to move that stuff. they are snowblowers, not mudblowers or slushblowers.

to move slush you need something like a hydraulic pump, the kind they use to pump concrete.

the paddle kits help seal the impeller housing, but they also fill the impeller full of holes, and add a bunch of weight to the impeller. they are a catch 22, i.e. 2 steps ahead, one back.




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all i read about here is how great impeller kits are.
must be a reason no manufactuer sells them. if they are so great i would think some company would have a line from the factory with them
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it will no doubt help. when you get that heavy slush sleet snow, it's best to just plow it. or, let it melt, if at end of season. snowblowers never were made to move that stuff. they are snowblowers, not mudblowers or slushblowers.

to move slush you need something like a hydraulic pump, the kind they use to pump concrete.

the paddle kits help seal the impeller housing, but they also fill the impeller full of holes, and add a bunch of weight to the impeller. they are a catch 22, i.e. 2 steps ahead, one back.


See this is what I don't understand.
If they are so great why doesn't a brand new Ariens or Honda come with it installed? It's $5 worth of rubber and hardware if you're doing it in mass production.
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all i read about here is how great impeller kits are.
must be a reason no manufactuer sells them. if they are so great i would think some company would have a line from the factory with them
There is a company that produces them. I have done this modification to two different blowers and they work.

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