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post #21 of 39 Old 03-30-2017, 10:12 PM
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I agree with Scot, let it melt! I have used my single stage with the chute pointed straight ahead on my deck with reasonable results.
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I agree, Mine threw it some but we had 4" of slush and cold coming in so had to get it moved so it didn't freeze, This one has warm coming behind it and will melt fast, I may pull out the single stage just to clean the walkway and to try it out after I did some carb work on it but may not even do that.

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Are single stage blowers better for slush for reasons of simplicity of the action?

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J. B. Priestley

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Are single stage blowers better for slush for reasons of simplicity of the action?
Yup, one paddle action at higher speed closer to the surface flinging it like a school kid with a booger lol

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RickDangerous go ahead and try it. I know I wouldn`t be able to resist trying it out. What`s the worst that could happen? The slush wins? So what?
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RickDangerous go ahead and try it. I know I wouldn`t be able to resist trying it out. What`s the worst that could happen? The slush wins? So what?
He makes a very valid point lol I'd do it.

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Hi Rick and welcome!


I have a 2003 5.5 hp I55224 (or 55/22 in traditional format) so yours seems to be close to this vintage maybe even late 1990's but I don't have any snowblower brochures from that era to reference. I bought mine new and it cost over $800 at the time.


I think you may be able to click on my avatar photo to enlarge it.


Enjoy, mine has had no problems and still on original belts and drive disc though I think those are due for replacement. Only the last storm we had in early March it would surge at no load but it was easy to fix by removing the low end jet and clean out the holes-didn't even have to pull the carb off.

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So what's the consensus from my pictures and story from the mechanic. 5 horse or 6 horse?
The photo shows a DOM (Date of Manufacture) 5179. and the tag on the frame says it's a series 3 (mine's a series 4) so I'd guess a 1995. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but I recall Tecumseh's DOM read as the first digit is the last digit if the year- in this case 5 would be either 1985, 1995, 2005 etc.


It's not a 1985 because those had white engines and handles as shown in my late 80's brochure. And the barcode on the tag wouldn't be there in the '80's


I did some research and found out that in 1989 the intermediate frame machines were series 1 and were: I4221 (4/22), I5241 (5/24), and I6241 (6/24). There was no 5/22. here's the manual I checked (Feb 1989 revision.): Snapper Snow Blower I4221 User Guide | ManualsOnline.com

I found the manual for your series 3 machine and Rev. 5 of the manual is from 2000 so I really think yours is a 1995 build. Here's the link to your manual: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/15...23.html#manual

As for 5 or 6 horsepower others here and your mechanic would be better able to answer that but I thought I'd help with your date question.

Hope this helps you.

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I've been following along. The Snapper looks like a nice machine. . .

$296 for a tune-up Do you know how much beer you can buy with that?

If the impeller blade is about 1/8" to the housing, then a mod kit won't really do much. The real benefit comes with adding it to machines that have around a 1/2" gap. . . 1/4" gap might be worth it. Essentially, the gap allows the snow to 'escape' from the impeller blade as it tries to 'throw' the snow out from the impeller housing. Less gap, less snow 'escapes'.

It seems like the older machines were designed with tighter tolerances. Some of the newer machines have a pretty excessive gaps that robs the machine of throwing efficiency.

Snow season is winding down, so now we got to start thinking about prepping our machines for summer lay-up.

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So...i'm thinking my machine must be a 1990. The DOM states, 5179 0, which would make sense as 5/17/1990. My mechanic called Tecumseh for engine parts and gave them the serial from the block, and they said it was a 1989 6HP block. I'm guessing since the top end is 5hp it only makes 5hp... Anyway, since there was no 5/22 in 1989, and the DOM states it was built in 1990, i'm thinking thats what it must be.

Okay so on a side note, just because I wanted to have some fun I did snow blow the 8-10 inches of slush at the end of my driveway this Sunday morning. I used pledge (wax is main ingredient) in my chute and bucket, and went to town. It worked okay! It only threw the snow 2-8 feet, but I did clear the end of the driveway and the machine didn't clog up.

Will stick to lighter snow next winter....haha.

Thanks everyone for the great advice and feedback! I am really loving the little snapper and plan to get a few years out of it for sure.

"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J. B. Priestley

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