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Hey Everybody,

I recently moved from Massachusetts to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and after doing so I bought myself a Toro 724 snowblower on Craigslist in preparation of the harsh winters we experience up here. The problem is I had never had to purchase a snowblower before and kind of winged the whole process. The end result is I ended up with a fine snowblower for light to medium snow but once it really starts to come down or is wet the machine just cannot keep up and tends to clog not to mention it really does not throw the snow as far as I envisioned it would. Therefore I would really like to buy another used snowblower but this time one that is capable of handling the heavier and wet snow we oftentimes get up here. My question for you fine folk here is can anyone recommend a particular brand or model of snowblower I should be looking for? I am kind of on a budget so I am looking for something budget friendly that offers me the best value for my money.

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~George
 

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ok.. I'm kind of partial to older Ariens so my opinion: mid 70's to 80+.. 8hp-24" I know that's getting quite old but trust me on this- if everything is up to par, they will handle anything dumped on them. Of course you need to look them over good and/or be willing to fix or replace any wear areas as 40 years definitely going to show some things needing replaced- but you'll have a work horse at fraction of a new one. They came with tec engines so pay close attention to clean oil and proper level.
 

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Hi George,

That Toro should do the job fine, but you might have a worn out auger bearing. Been my experience that a worn auger bearing is the reason older Toros won't toss snow.

To check it, disconnect the spark plug first (SAFETY FIRST!!), and then with the machine not running (obviously :) ), stick your hand down the chute and grab the auger shaft. See if you can wiggle it up and down or side to side.

If it needs replacement, it's a cheap part but an awful job to do. Usually you have to heat the old ones cherry red and beat them off with a sledge. Fortunately, it's a job you only have to do once every 20 years or so :)
 

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George it is very normal for any snow blower not to toss the snow far and clog with heavy wet snow and you have to set it in a slow gear to not lugging the engine. Fortunately there is a kit called Clarence Impeller kit which closes the gap between the end of your impellers and the round housing. You will see a difference like night and day it will throw farther with any snow and will never clog. The kit sells for around $35.00 plus shipping (I believe $10).
All in all it is a lot cheaper than buying another used snow blower.

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https://www.google.ca/search?q=clarence+impeller+kit&biw=1120&bih=583&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=miFmVPzuBtiSuATn7ICgCg&ved=0CCkQsAQ

Where you can get the kit
http://smllengns.tripod.com/
 

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Lots of us here just make our own impeller kit out of f baler belt or other durable material.

SNOWBLOWER IMPELLER KIT
 

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install an impeller kit. if needed, replace the bushing, but keep a few in stock as they are cheap and they will stop selling parts for these machines. strangely enough, my 824 is from 1986 and has never had it replaced
 

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In addition to the impeller mod and checking the bearings and bushings, also check the belts. The auger belt might be completely worn out or it might just be loose and need tightened. Also, if you have a tachometer make sure the engine is running around 3600 RPM. The springs tend to stretch over time and the engines slow down. You can adjust them faster, but if you go past 3600 you will damage the engine. The last thing to do would be to sand the chute nice and smooth and repaint it if it is rough and rusty.

 

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which size 7-24 is it post pic's so I can see. I will admit some of those 7-24's are not meant for that heavy wet stuff that drops out of the sky.:eek::eek: ALOHA to the forms.:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
 
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