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I have this Craftsman Snowblower 28" 357cc 3-Stage that I bought 3 years ago and so frustrated with it because it won't throw snow that has any moisture/water in it. Does fine in cold light snow. There are two saucer like blades in the middle that just won't work went it encounters any resistance with wet snow. I am beginning to think this design sucks for any snow other than light snow. Seemed reasonable at the time!

It has been happening from day one so I am guessing it is not the belts. If I back up and then drive into the snow, I feel like it is grinding and then it gives up. Is it just a fact of life with these snowblowers. I am tempted to dump it and get another as I am so frustrated but wanted to check if anyone had any ideas or solutions. BTW, I did also spray it down with WD40 and I'll look again but all the shear pins are intact and it does spin.

Model Number: 247.888740 [Craftsman 88874]
 

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I have this Craftsman Snowblower 28" 357cc 3-Stage that I bought 3 years ago and so frustrated with it because it won't throw snow that has any moisture/water in it. Does fine in cold light snow. There are two saucer like blades in the middle that just won't work went it encounters any resistance with wet snow. I am beginning to think this design sucks for any snow other than light snow. Seemed reasonable at the time!

It has been happening from day one so I am guessing it is not the belts. If I back up and then drive into the snow, I feel like it is grinding and then it gives up. Is it just a fact of life with these snowblowers. I am tempted to dump it and get another as I am so frustrated but wanted to check if anyone had any ideas or solutions. BTW, I did also spray it down with WD40 and I'll look again but all the shear pins are intact and it does spin.

Model Number: 247.888740 [Craftsman 88874]
I would have a good looksee at those belts. sounds like they are not adjusted right or the wrong one's. Anyhoo ALOHA From The Paradise City. :smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027::smiley-rpg027:
 

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Most likely the auger drive belt slipping when under load due to the heavier snow. How do I know this? That is what my crafstman 30" blower was doing during our first heavy snow yesterday... I adjusted the idler pulley to it's full extent for max tension and it helped but the impeller still clogged and stopped turning when loaded up with snow. With the belt cover off I could see the pulley slipping and it get's hot real fast and will damage your belt if you continue to use it this way. Today I will be seeing if a cable adjustment helps but I have a feeling the belt is worn / stretched beyond where adjustment will give it the needed tension, and will be shopping for a new belt

Anyone have any experience with this? My machine is a early 90's era Sears Crafsman Model C9050-52330-3 -- 10 HP 30 inch snowblower... belt is not broken or cracked that I can see, but I would imagine this belt does wear/stretch given it is used as the clutch mechanism for the auger drive.
 

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Others on here have complained about the 3 Stage not doing it's job. Can you remove that piece?
 

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maybe auger belt is slippin, theres always an adjustment to the belt on how tight, or loose, that can be done.
on next wet snowfall remove belt cover and check to see if belt is slipping.
or just make the adjustment as tight as it will go.
or belt is too long for machine.
oil/grease on belt
 

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I tightened the belt last winter but no luck! This is for Craftsman Snowblower 28" 357cc 3-Stage. I know the tires slip a lot so thinking of changing the tires and additionally get more weight. Anybody have some suggestions on how to do it and if that would be a good course of action this winter?
 

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If the belts and tension are indeed good...

Next is to check is how much space is in between the impeller and the round housing it resides in. (can you post a pic here?)

If its sizeable (>~1/4") the machine wont throw wet snow well at all.

An impeller kit can fix this.



Impller kit on this blade is taking up the gap here:

 

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Took a quick look and it seems pretty close. I have seen the videos where they put a piece of rubber there so the gap is virtually gone. However if the snow is the least amount of wet, I feel like I am just pushing it forward and it doesn't reach the impeller. That blade in the middle seems like a bad design. Here is a pic below. I am wondering if I need to cut my losses now that fall is around the corner.

https://www.searsoutlet.com/br/pdp/craftsman-88874-28-357cc-3-stage-snowblower-with-power-steering/147226
 

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for slippage, easiest is to add chains , and most def do the impeller mod....then decide to keep or sell although it would be winter by then, but doing those 2 things will improve snow blowing performance.
make sure augers are at the correct height, bucket height, for throwing wet snow.
for small amounts of the snow a single stage performs better, hence the reason i have both, got them both cheap as they were used/non working machines but easily( sort of) brought back to life.
i actually use the ss more often than i thought i would
imho
 

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I was thinking of chains but didn't want to chew up my driveway. I actually have some cracks that run the width of the driveway and some that are growing so don't want to accelerate that. Someone mentioned dirt bike tires I think in another thread? Maybe they in the end give more weight to the back?
 

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I was thinking of chains but didn't want to chew up my driveway. I actually have some cracks that run the width of the driveway and some that are growing so don't want to accelerate that. Someone mentioned dirt bike tires I think in another thread? Maybe they in the end give more weight to the back?
xtrac tires, chains dont really chew up driveway, u cant even tell i was using chains on my asphalt driveway, now if they were used in the middle of a hot summer then most def might show signs of use but im stating the obvious about using it then
 
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