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What is this on my chute

I'm not sure what this part is, or what it does. Mine is pointed away from the chute. I was wondering how it should be positioned It's part #35 on the diagram.

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That is a "hand guard" aka "finger guard"..
Most new snowblowers come with them, it is intended to prevent you from sticking your hand down into the impeller area when removing clogged snow..

most people remove them! because it makes it more difficult to unclog a clogged chute..

It is less safe to have it removed, but many people do it anyway.
just make sure to to NEVER stick your hand down in there!
I dont even go near that area with the engine off!
always use a stick, long brush, or commercial snowblower unclogging tool..

I have a 2-foot long chunk of 1x2 lumber, thats all I use to scrape snow from the chute.

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I use a big wooden dowel, and know better than to stick my hand in something with moving parts....most of the time.
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I was driving home from work the other day and there was a guy looking into the bucket of his no name 2 stage. As I got closer I could see his hands on the auger. As I got even closer I could hear the engine on his no name 2 stage running! This stuff does happen.
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That is a "hand guard" aka "finger guard"..
Most new snowblowers come with them, it is intended to prevent you from sticking your hand down into the impeller area when removing clogged snow..

most people remove them! because it makes it more difficult to unclog a clogged chute..

It is less safe to have it removed, but many people do it anyway.
just make sure to to NEVER stick your hand down in there!
I dont even go near that area with the engine off!
always use a stick, long brush, or commercial snowblower unclogging tool..

I have a 2-foot long chunk of 1x2 lumber, thats all I use to scrape snow from the chute.

Scot
I think with the engine off it would be safe to go there. and as long as it's off yank the plug wire for piece of mind.

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I think with the engine off it would be safe to go there. and as long as it's off yank the plug wire for piece of mind.
With the engine off its probably mostly safe..
but..is it absolutely 100% safe?
depending on the machine there can be belts and springs and who knows what all that has tension on the impeller..can you ever be absolutely sure that impeller cant "let go" somehow?

things *can* move, even when the engine isn't running..

im extra paranoid! When I install the impeller kit on my machine, I will disconnect the spark plug *and* remove the belt before I get my fingers near that impeller! make totally sure the impeller is attached to nothing and is freewheeling..

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I use a hammer like the one on the snowblower at the top of the page

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I have worked on them with the engine off and never had a problem. but if you are one with the machines. like I am with THE BROTHERS. I know all their moods.

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I think with the engine off it would be safe to go there. and as long as it's off yank the plug wire for piece of mind.
No way, Todd. As Scot points out there could be something on a bind and then you are looking at your digits laying down in the impeller I am NEVER EVER sticking my hand in a blower that needs cleaned out.

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this was years back and on a long gone machine. it was known to plug up with that iceee/ slurpee stuff you all know what I am talking about. the only thing that worked was buckets of steaming hot water down there. and a couple of years back SR ended up eating one of those thick front door mats. it killed the motor dead on the spot. but I still had to pick it out of there. which meant dragging back to the garage. taking the plug wire off and spending the next half hour digging and unraveling out of there. so yeah I had to crawl up in there to do that. what was I going to do leave it out for trash day. and run down to the store and get a new one. just because I was to nervous to stick my hands up in there. TRUST ME my hands have seen places that I will not go into detail here. JOE knows what I am talking about. as long as the plug is disconnected and you have a clue about how that machine works. then you should be fine. I know there is always some one that spoils the party. but like I said what was I going to go buy a new one. NOT ME.

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