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Sno-Tek 24" struggling to throw snow

I have a Sno-Tek 902402 and this is my second season using it. Today when clearing my driveway, I noticed that my snow blower was having a hard time throwing the snow, and was making a whining noise. I checked the front gear case and it was full. When I manually move the impeller, it moves the augers. The break pins are all still in place. When the snowblower is started, and the augers are engaged, the impeller spins. But when I push into about 3" of semi wet snow, it starts bogging down and making a whining noise. I am a newb, so any suggestions are appreciated.
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Had that happen to my sno-tek in that cement storm, Your belt may either need adjustment or replacement, Squealing is the belt slipping.

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Ran through this problem for 3 years with my Honda HSS622. No belts to contend with in my case, clutch.

Could possibly be your belt(s). Another thing, as in my case, it was the governor. The dealer installed a new governor but I still had the problem. I chased that sucker for 3 years. I was at the point of either selling or trading it on something else. It wasn't until I was blowing my uncle's driveway that I reached under the tank and put my hand on the governor linkage. The thing kicked in, though sputtering, I at lest knew at that point it was functioning. After finishing the drive, I brought it into my basement and tore into it.

When I removed the fuel tank, there was a vertical gap about the thickness of a pencil, give or take. I adjusted the governor but the thing kept creeping to the top of the shaft. It was flush. Sigh! Tightening the governor arm didn't do anything... it just kept creeping up. Tried cleaning the shaft and governor arm clamp with alcohol, and still to no avail. With warranty gone and a a potential lemon on my hands, I had nothing else to loose. Called a dealer, not the I purchased from, and ordered governor arm, both springs and the rod that connects the governor to the carburetor.

Once installed, it was like having a totally new machine. Had someone else done this and gave me the machine, I wouldn't have believed it was mine. Being I went this far, I also swapped main jets per the thread in the Honda section. Also slightly upped my rpm's being they were running low. Had to use it mostly in 1st gear before. It was a dog in 2nd like you are experiencing. It just didn't add up. Now it's a totally different machine. I can now go through EOD pile that's 1/2 height or better in 2nd gear. My only complaint now is that this winter has sucked compared to previous years regarding snowfall.

Hope this may be of some benefit to both yourself as well as others who may have this experience. It may not be the answer but it's certainly something to consider. Good luck!
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