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Bent augers?

I'm not super familiar with snow blowers but these outer augers look bent and backwards. What do you think?
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They are bent for sure. Those augers bend very easy, too easy actually. Just running them in snow will bend them, they are made from too thin of material.
If they would not bend, then you know you have a problem with them, that is how light weight they are, they will bend much easier and faster than they would break a shear bolt, that's just how they are made. At least they are very inexpensive to replace.
Most times you can bend them back by hand very easy to straighten them out, but once they bend the first time, they will bend a lot easier the second and third time. They are bent the "Second" time when they are straightened out.
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I'm not super familiar with snow blowers but these outer augers look bent and backwards. What do you think?
Yes, they are bent... Or straightened, depending on your perspective. These newer MTD auger sections are kind of flimsy. You can usually bend them back pretty close to the correct angle without removing them with a large crescent wrench or channel locks, but it may be easier to remove them and mount the auger blades in a vise and then use a rod through the shaft to bend them.
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You can also buy them used on eBay pretty reasonably.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mtd-snowblo...EAAOSwDElb56Ml
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mtd-snowblo...MAAOSwQ5pb56Nn

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Haha ya they are straightened. So the two on the right should be identical and the two on the left should be identical right? It appears as though the outers switched sides. They are rotated 90 degrees from their counterpart and the find are bent on the wrong side of the center line. Are you able to see that in the pictures?
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Haha ya they are straightened. So the two on the right should be identical and the two on the left should be identical right? It appears as though the outers switched sides. They are rotated 90 degrees from their counterpart and the find are bent on the wrong side of the center line. Are you able to see that in the pictures?
Yes, I think the outers are on the wrong sides. The left & right pairs should be interrupted spirals.

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Thank you for confirming this. Do you know what it takes to get the augers out on these? There are bolts on the side of the housing holding the shaft centered but how would I disconnect from the impeller/drive shaft?
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Haha ya they are straightened. So the two on the right should be identical and the two on the left should be identical right? It appears as though the outers switched sides. They are rotated 90 degrees from their counterpart and the find are bent on the wrong side of the center line. Are you able to see that in the pictures?
That's what I see as well.



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Well it was very easy to pull apart. Very little rust. Basically just remove the chute, auger belt and cover and 4 bolts that connect the bucket to the tractor. Straightened as best I could. Found one cracked though. Hoping it holds out this season and maybe will replace it next year. They are $55 a piece on this model.
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Good job, they look good, congrats
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...Straightened as best I could...They are $55 a piece on this model.
Well done! They are available used (and sometimes new) for MUCH less than $55... Usually $15-25:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MTD-Yard-Ma...YAAOSwFb5aMuSW
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MTD-Yard-Ma...gAAOSwYdZaMuTL
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