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JD 828D barely throws snow

Hello out there!

My name is Jeff and I live in North, Central Connecticut near Springfield, MA. We just got hit with 12”-14” storm.

I joined after reading many articles from members to help determine what snow blower to buy. Ended up coming across an older John Deere 828D and couldn’t pass it up.

havent really tested the unit out until today and I was hoping someone could shed some light to a problem I am having. My snowblower is only throwing snow 3-4 feet when the auger is throwing to the right. Also, only 2-3 feet when pointed left and barely at all or clogging instantly when throwing in front.

The only thing i can think of is a loose belt (not very familiar with blowers outside of engine functionality). The other option is that the previous owner hit gravel and punched a few dents in the side of the unit inside where the fan spins but it really isnt bad looking. Where should i check first?

As soon as I figure out how, i will post a video or a pic of this happening.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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Hello out there!

My name is Jeff and I live in North, Central Connecticut near Springfield, MA. We just got hit with 12”-14” storm.

I joined after reading many articles from members to help determine what snow blower to buy. Ended up coming across an older John Deere 828D and couldn’t pass it up.

havent really tested the unit out until today and I was hoping someone could shed some light to a problem I am having. My snowblower is only throwing snow 3-4 feet when the auger is throwing to the right. Also, only 2-3 feet when pointed left and barely at all or clogging instantly when throwing in front.

The only thing i can think of is a loose belt (not very familiar with blowers outside of engine functionality). The other option is that the previous owner hit gravel and punched a few dents in the side of the unit inside where the fan spins but it really isnt bad looking. Where should i check first?

As soon as I figure out how, i will post a video or a pic of this happening.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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Pull the belt cover off and ck your auger belt(s). Youtube is your friend.

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Micah,

Thank you for the tip! I’ll check it out this weekend. Will let you know.
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Engage the auger belt without the engine running and determine how loose tight the belt is. Then start the engine and engage the belt, see if the belt is flapping, there should be none or virtually none, maybe a slight vibration.

Adding a impeller kit, rubber flaps to the impeller blade will help, however this will not correct a loose belt problem, even making it worse.

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Blown auger shear pin or bolt on one of the augers?

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Jeff, another possibility, but not a probability, could be a too low engine RPM at full throttle. Inductive tachometers are available online for $20. I have one and feel it's china junk, but the important thing is that it gets the job done.

Everything operated fairly well until I started working on it
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Get a Vibrameter for $25. Very accurate.

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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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Thank you all for the suggestions! I ordered a an inductive tachometer but was not able to find a vibrameter anywhere for under$75.

I wont have time to pull off the cover and try engaging the auger belt until Friday afternoon or evening so I will get back to ya’ll.

Again, thank you all for the suggestions here. Much appreciated!
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. . . was not able to find a vibrameter anywhere for under$75.
Maybe a sirometer is what you are looking for



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Maybe a sirometer is what you are looking for
https://www.amazon.com/Briggs-Stratt.../dp/B0044AV5VK
Yes, that was it. Works great. I compared it to an electronic one.

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Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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