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post #1 of 27 Old 07-11-2015, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Gold or Gimmick: Anti Clog System impeller.

Looking for a new machine and this unique design makes sense to me. What has been your experience?


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I can't speak for the other guys here but lots of us have been running blowers for years. The only time something like that would be needed is if you're going to fast for your machine and the conditions. If you're operating your blower properly there won't be any need to "recycle" any snow. Operating a snowblower is not rocket science but there is a bit of a learning curve.
Short answer to your question... Gimmick. 'JMVHO.

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This feature, I am on the fence. With regard to the modern version of the "third stage," it's a gimmick, that uses a powerful motor and a large auger width to do a job that could work without the "third stage."

The older third stages, may actually do something with the performance of the intake of snow. Especially in the deeper drifts and accumulations.

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im with the other guys. what brand of snow blower is it?
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toro powermax right?
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Yes, Toro Power Max




"With regard to the modern version of the "third stage," it's a gimmick"

Agreed. Looks like a solution to a problem that never existed (that is moving snow towards the impeller).
ACS seems to improve upon the most important part of the process.
But then again, Honda's throw snow like nobody's business and they don't have an atypical impeller design, do they?







"The older third stages, may actually do something with the performance of the intake of snow. Especially in the deeper drifts and accumulations."

This would be neat to see again!


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I guess if the snow you're trying to move looked like waves in the ocean it would do a great job of evening it out.
Just moving at the right speed would solve it too.
I've never used one but other than that really wet, really heavy stuff I've never had a problem with clogging a machine, any machine.

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It looks like a deeper bucket would eliminate the problem that doesn't really exist, anyway. Slow down or speed up or get a bigger machine.
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The biggest difference with the Honda's, is their impeller speed. The faster the impeller is, the faster it can eject it, thus reducing the chances of it bogging down, at maximum feed rates to the augers.

With the other machines you would need to simply slow the feed rate to compensate for the slower impeller speed.

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In my experience with chutes clogging, this Toro powermax "bypass" thing would do nothing to fix the problem..

Every time I have had a chute clog, its due to very wet sticky snow..
the snow clogs up in the chute *above* the impeller, the spinning impeller isnt powerful enough to force it up and out, so it just spins, and if the snowblower is still moving forward the snow is simply forced out the sides of the bucket because it cant go out the chute..

In this situation, even if there was a "bypass" it wouldnt do any good, because there is only one possible way to clear the clog: shut down the machine and jam a stick down the chute to loosen it up.

So, I dont see how this Toro bypass thingy is supposed to help..
If the chute is going to clog, its going to clog..whether or not the bypass is there.
and once it is clogged, the bypass does nothing..

I suppose this bypass could slow down the formation of a clog..
but I dont see how it could prevent it.
it cant prevent the snow from building up above the impeller, and eventually closing up and clogging.
maybe it could slow down the snow volume through the chute enough to prevent a clog in the first place..that's possible...maybe.
but wet sticky snow is still wet and sticky either way..I think if the snow conditions are good for clogging,
its still going to clog.

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