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Hi all,

I'm having an issue with my recently purchased blower. I was moving some snow after the storm and by accident, a piece of firewood got caught in the auger, stopping it completely. I tried prying, moving, jostling and pretty much every other synonym to get the wood out, but it appears that it is getting hung up on one of the auger blades.

My question is this.....is there a way to reverse the direction the auger spins so it can release the wood, or is there a way to remove the one side of the auger so I can get this damned piece of wood out?

Any help would be appreciated in advance.

Cheers!
 

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:welcome: to the forum Reedikulus
If you pull the belt cover and loosen the belt you should be able to hand crank the big pulley backwards running the auger backwards.
Just be careful there isn't any tension on the auger and wear gloves.

 

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Just turn the impeller backwards. That will cause the augers to spin backwards. No need to remove any belts or anything. Can literally just stick a broom handle or something down the chute and push down on the impeller.
 

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Thanks so much for the suggestions guys. I'm going to try and turn the impeller backwards first to see if that works, as it doesn't require tools. If that doesn't work I'll try to loosen the belt and turn it backwards.

I'll report back after I try.

Reedikulus
 

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You can also remove the six screws that holds one side of the Auger if it's jammed in too tight. This will give you the play you need.
 

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thanks so much for the suggestions guys. I'm going to try and turn the impeller backwards first to see if that works, as it doesn't require tools. If that doesn't work i'll try to loosen the belt and turn it backwards.

I'll report back after i try.

Reedikulus
please be careful do as was already said and spin the impeller backwards with a broom handle or somethhng, anything as long as you keep your fingers out of there. They can kick back when under stress and believe me,,... You won't be able to move faster than the blades or augers.
 

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Guys, thanks for all of your help. I managed to turn the impeller just enough to get the auger to turn backwards about 1/4", combined with the fact that the piece of wood dried out a little bit, and it slipped right out with no tools needed.

Thanks for the suggestions, all.
Greg
 

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Very happy you got it repaired. Main thing is safety.
 

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to the forum Reedikulus
If you pull the belt cover and loosen the belt you should be able to hand crank the big pulley backwards running the auger backwards.
Just be careful there isn't any tension on the auger and wear gloves.


I hope that wasn't your hand. That's hellacious. Definitely a good warning. I cringe looking at the tops of those fingers, especially the middle finger. Oomph. There's some surgery to be done there.
 

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I'm hearing that Jaws theme music in my ears!!!!
 
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