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We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
 

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Ouch! Hate it when the shortcut takes longer. I just finished up the driveway as well. Have to get out early tomorrow morning. Did not want to deal with throwing heavy snow and ice at 7 in the morning.
 

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We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
The only thing you failed to mention is that you unplugged the spark plug before you put your hands to it. People also don't realize that when a news paper and for that matter anything gets wedged there it may be under tension and may let loose at some point when the hands are there. it needs to be dealt with EXTREME CAUTION.
 

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I have heard of people getting newspapers out with either water or a torch. The idea being the water dissolves the paper or the fire burns it away. With fire you will damage the paint, with water you have to make sure it doesn't freeze.
 

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The only thing you failed to mention is that you unplugged the spark plug before you put your hands to it. People also don't realize that when a news paper and for that matter anything gets wedged there it may be under tension and may let loose at some point when the hands are there. it needs to be dealt with EXTREME CAUTION.
My friends father lost the tip of his finger 3 weeks ago from this exact thing. Machine was off and jammed somehow. He freed the jam and the augur spun one full turn and got his finger.
 

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Worse thing is it was that newspaper nobody wants, but you just get once a week, the one that's filled with advertisements and crap. I don't get newspapers deliver because I don't read them, nothing but bad news in there. The guy drives down the block at 35 mph and just throws them. Sometimes it lands on your driveway, sometimes on the lawn, sometimes in the middle of the street. I always just pick it up and throw it away but I guess I didn't see this one. It was in the street about 8 feet to the side of my driveway. I wonder how I can stop it from being delivered??
 

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We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
get yourself a piece of round steel stock, a bar about 5 feet long, maybe 3/8" OD. keep it handy for prying things out of the snowblower that get stuck like that. I wedged a big stone in my AMF first time out. fortunately I pried it right out with that bar in a few seconds.

if it's newspaper, take a torch to it and burn it out of there.
 

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We got about 3" of snow tonight. Took out the shovel and pushed most of the snow to the sides of driveway making two long mounds, clearing the center. Pushed the snow off the apron into the street thinking I would make about 3 passes with the blower. I take out my Ariens 926102 head to the street to clear that end. I notice it isn't really moving anything and discover a sheer pin is broken. Back to the garage about and 15 minutes later I'm back at it. Head back to street and immediately hit a newspaper. Back to the garage. The thing is wedged between the impeller and sidewall. Cutting, pulling with pliers, ripping, using a razor, a long screwdriver, jimmying the impeller back and forth for about 40 minutes finally get it out. Now it's raining. Go back out finish up the end and hit the sides. Now I'm all wet and pissed off. If I would have just finished with the shovel I would have been in the house an hour sooner and dry!
YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH some days the dog just bites...
 

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hello dmc, welcome to SBF!! three inches of snow is a job for the 2450E or 3000E single stage machines
 

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I have been battling it out with the local "free" paper here for months. I call and it stops, then a month later another round. After 4 calls I told them I was contacting our township to report the company as litter! Did not have a snowblower incident but did not want what happened to you to happen to me! I took a paper into the township office and emailed them all my contacts from the paper trying to stop it. Like you they ended up in driveway, yard etc. Just letting you know you are not alone and report them! Good luck.....I am going out soon to clear what appears to be 5 or 6 inches.....probably jinxed myself! LOL Nah, I was 13 on Friday the 13th back many years ago.....HA
 

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Hey dmc. I don't get a paper for the same reason, but I used to get a bunch of circulars/cupons every sat. First I started saving them with intention of dumping them in the lobby of newspaper office, but after about 2 or 3 phone calls explaining it's illegal to litter they stopped. Good luck
 

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Worse thing is it was that newspaper nobody wants, but you just get once a week, the one that's filled with advertisements and crap. I don't get newspapers deliver because I don't read them, nothing but bad news in there. The guy drives down the block at 35 mph and just throws them. Sometimes it lands on your driveway, sometimes on the lawn, sometimes in the middle of the street. I always just pick it up and throw it away but I guess I didn't see this one. It was in the street about 8 feet to the side of my driveway. I wonder how I can stop it from being delivered??
We have one of those papers, but they have a tube screwed to the side of the mailbox that the delivery drivers put the paper in..When we bought our house years ago I went and removed the tube, because I didn't want the useless crappy paper..a few days later, they put a new tube back on! Then I discovered a handy trick..I just never remove the paper from the tube! ;) the one that is there now is perhaps a year old..works great! I have noticed other people around here doing that..

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Worse thing is it was that newspaper nobody wants, but you just get once a week, the one that's filled with advertisements and crap. I don't get newspapers deliver because I don't read them, nothing but bad news in there. The guy drives down the block at 35 mph and just throws them. Sometimes it lands on your driveway, sometimes on the lawn, sometimes in the middle of the street. I always just pick it up and throw it away but I guess I didn't see this one. It was in the street about 8 feet to the side of my driveway. I wonder how I can stop it from being delivered??
I waited for him one day and told him to remove my name from the list. Never received an other blue bagged impeller jammer again! Been about 7 years now.
 

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ya.. that stored energy (forget what it is called) is real danger when unplugging blowers. We use to read about that type of danger at my old job. In there it could be deadly as the augers were 6-10 ft across and usually two of them turing into each other and powered by 60-75hp motors. Remember a guy got his arm ripped off at the shoulder and walked three flights to first aid before passing out! anyway- back to blower.. never ever take chances and do as others said.
 

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Hey dmc. I don't get a paper for the same reason, but I used to get a bunch of circulars/cupons every sat. First I started saving them with intention of dumping them in the lobby of newspaper office, but after about 2 or 3 phone calls explaining it's illegal to litter they stopped. Good luck
Same response from the circular / coupon newspaper publisher. That is, polite requests to stop the unsolicited deliveries to the end of my driveway did NOT work. It took escalation to the township ordinance dept. to get the publisher to stop the littering.

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That is too bad. Our contract with our paper delivery person is that our two morning papers go in our mailbox on our front porch. No hassles.
 
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