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post #11 of 15 Old 01-01-2020, 04:25 PM
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Lots of good Ideas her, but I'll add another.

Take off the chute
Take off the belt cover
Disable the engine from starting
Clamp the PTO handle down, with the impeller in position you need to work on it
Vise grips on the impeller shaft behind the pulley, resting against the frame
Mapp Gas should work, going in thru the front
Channel Lock piers to bend the fin, working thru the top

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Just Dealt with This on a 6 Blade Ariens Impeller. I had to Pull the Auger Assembly out of the Housing to Deal with it. The back of the impeller was Bent as Well, but came back into Shape After I Heated it Up Red Hot and Hit the Impeller Blade a Few Times to get the Blade Back in Line. Installed a New Bearing, and All Worked out Well.

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Originally Posted by Jwmiller39 View Post
I was going to add some heat to it with a torch and see if I can bend it back. I'm assuming I want to avoid banging on it with a hammer to avoid damaging the gears, is that right? Does anyone have any tips for trying to bend this fin back into place?
To me it doesn't look too bad so I'd take the impeller off and just use brute force and leverage to band it back. Pics of how I did that on my bent impeller are here:

Or, I wonder if you could close the jaws of a pipe wrench on the front of the impeller fin and straighten the fin while the impeller is still on the snowblower.
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Thanks everyone. It turns out I was able to bend the fin back with the a crescent wrench and a little heat from the torch. I was surprised how easy it was to bend back. I'm still scratching my head on what could have caused that bend, but fingers crossed the rest of the winter is nice to my snowblower. Thanks again everyone! there is a wealth of knowledge here.
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Anything from frozen newspapers to ice chunks will bend an impeller, as well as anything else
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