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I have a Craftsman snowblower about 8 years old. Throws snow great except when only a couple inches are on the driveway and it wet. Then it just pushes snow. Deeper snow is no problem. My neighbors old Craftsman snowblower works ok in same snow.
Auger is turning fine.
Here is what I have done.
Completely disassembled auger housing, removed rust and repainted.
Checked auger gears and cleaned and re-lubed with proper grease.
Freed augers. Lubed shafts and replaced pins.
Replaced auger shaft bearings and blower shaft bearing.Replaced belts.
Replaced scraper blade.
Freed idler puller and lubed pivot.
Like I said, Auger continues to turn well, just pushed wet snow when it's only a few inches.
Any ideas? Thank you.
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I won't pull my two stage blower out unless there's at least 6" of snow on the ground. I use my SS for smaller amounts.
You may try spraying the bottom of your auger bucket with some type of lubricant such as WD-40 or straight silicone spray. There are lubricants designed specifically for this but I have never tried them.

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Thank you for the reply. have tried silicone with no luck. Like I said, neighbors older model Craftsman works fine in same snow.
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Some of that could have to do with how close you have it set to the ground. I use silicone spray on the bucket and chute and it works pretty well especially if the snow is a little wet.

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Thank you for the reply. have tried silicone with no luck. Like I said, neighbors older model Craftsman works fine in same snow.
Adjust your auger bucket. Place paint stir sticks under it and adjust to that height. If this doesn't cure the problem I have no other ideas.
Is your scraper bar in good condition?

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The scraper is new. So you saying the thickness of a paint stirrer. That would be about 1/8 inch where I have it set. Are you saying that too low will cause my problem? Or are you saying I have adjusted too high is the problem? Thanks for the response.
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I think what Micah is saying is that maybe your augers are set to high so they are not processing the snow. I put paint sticks under the scraper bar and then set the skid shoes down to pavement. On a flat service how far off the pavement is your augers?

so you say you had these problems AFTER you did all this work or you had the same problem before and after?

This may be a long shot but I had a guy bring me a Honda and had the same problem. He installed the augers backwards so it would also push snow.and not suck it in to impeller. I think it would also push deeper snow so if your augers are running right I am also stumped.

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The scraper is new. So you saying the thickness of a paint stirrer. That would be about 1/8 inch where I have it set. Are you saying that too low will cause my problem? Or are you saying I have adjusted too high is the problem? Thanks for the response.
Not saying anything except suggesting proper scraper bar height. 1/8" is good. I have no other helpful ideas. Bar in good condition, properly adjusted and has been sprayed with repellent... I have no more ideas. It should be working.

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When the bucket loads with snow and pushes it forward, what is happening at the impeller? Sounds like the chute is being blocked by the wet snow. What is the gap between impeller blades and the impeller housing?

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I did the famous impeller mod where you remove gap by installing a piece of mudflap between impeller and housing. Ever since mod it rarely clogs.
This problem existed prior to me rebuilding. Unit was getting rusty so I hoped that maybe this would fix my problem also. I double checked augers to make sure they were on correctly. They are on right. In deeper snow, no problem.
I had adjusted so scraper plate touched driveway also. This made no difference.
Guess I'll just have to use it as a snowplow when it's not to deep
I appreciate all the help.
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