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Angry Underpowered all of a sudden?

I have a newer Snotek Ariens 24-Inch 2-Stage with 208cc Ariens AX Engine. It struggles in wet snow as I expected because it's only 208cc but we have a few inches of snow and it struggles to throw snow at all and then it clogs up very quick. It's as if it loses power with any kind of resistance. I checked the sheer bolts and they're fine. What else could it be?

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Is your engine running at full rpms? If so it could be your auger belt needs adjustment or replacement.
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Is your engine running at full rpms? If so it could be your auger belt needs adjustment or replacement.
yeah, it is running at full rpm. Auger belt eh? I will have a look
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Havent looked at my 28” sno tek, but check to see if yours has roll pins through the impeller and shaft, if so, they may have sheared .

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Havent looked at my 28” sno tek, but check to see if yours has roll pins through the impeller and shaft, if so, they may have sheared .

Ok thanks, I'll take a look at that too!
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I have a newer Snotek Ariens 24-Inch 2-Stage with 208cc Ariens AX Engine. It struggles in wet snow as I expected because it's only 208cc but we have a few inches of snow and it struggles to throw snow at all and then it clogs up very quick. It's as if it loses power with any kind of resistance. I checked the sheer bolts and they're fine. What else could it be?

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Reading your post, my first thought was "there is nothing wrong at all".
key phrase: "wet snow" - there is probably nothing wrong with your snowblower at all, its probably just the snow. Most 2-stage snowblowers do very poorly in small amounts of wet slushy snow, they arent designed to handle it, they clog and cant throw it well at all. In 8 inches of "dry" cold snow, the machine will probably throw like a champ..

There are "impeller kits" that can help with slush..

This is how I handle small amounts of wet snow:
When we get 1 to 3 inches of wet slushy snow, I look at the forecast for the next 3 or 4 days..If the daytime temp is going to be 35F to 40F (+2C to +3C) for the next few days, (which is often the case when we get wet snow) I simply do..nothing. the snow will naturally just melt away on its own.

Rarely it will get *colder* after some slush, which could then cause ice and the snow should be cleared..but that is surprisingly uncommon.. slushy snow usually comes during a "warm spell" where its above freezing for several days. I just leave it alone.

If you live in a climate where small amounts of slush are the norm (say: Virginia) then a Single-stage is the machine of choice. They handle slush better than a 2-stage.

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An impeller kit will make that machine blow slush across the street...My 73 24 inch Ariens with a 208 cc engine and two of the four blades modified throws pure water 10 to 15 feet.
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Check your attachment drive belt for wear. The belt becomes narrower and seats deeper in the pulley as it wears out. If you see it's seated below the outer edge of the pulley's periphery then the belt is worn out. A worn out belt which sits too deep in the pulley will slip under the challenging conditions of heavy wet snow; resulting in the impeller stalling out.
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And if everything checks out mechanically, sometimes altering your technique can help.

As sscotsman said, 2-stage machines can have trouble with small amounts of snow, especially if it's wet. There's not much volume moving through the impeller, so it doesn't work as effectively. Especially without an impeller kit to reduce the size of the gap around the impeller.

Sometimes (depending on snow, and the machine) you can have better results by moving faster, to help feed the impeller better. If the engine has enough power to keep up, it's worth a shot, at least.

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The more I hear about wet snow the more I realize what a little beast my 179 cc. is. Though my little blower be dinky, it is MIGHTY :-)

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