Craftsman Snowblower UhhOhh!

backyard_buddyDecember 13, 2010

Silly question but concerned none the less... hypothetically speaking of course, if one's curious two year-old was to be helping Dad in the shed, and was to hypothetically - somehow place a 10d nail in one of the interesting nooks in the engine compartment of Dad's snowblower, and Dad heard it fall into... where might one begin to look in hopes of retrieving? How many exposed moving parts? How many removable shields to try to look under before considering a small engine shop. :( Had to ask.... Don't laugh, I still love him!

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It would be a problem if it fell into the engine proper, but if a nail fell into another area of a snowblower, it's probably laying harmlessly on the removable bottom cover, under the transmission.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2010 at 4:55AM
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Thanks! I was hoping for that... turned it up on the auger housing and removed the panel - no nail! I'm thinking it might have went in on the left near the throttle controls and such.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2010 at 6:51PM
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BY: Unless the Carburetor Housing (Hot Box) was off and the Nail deflected 90 Degrees from Vertical , DON'T SWEAT IT ! lol :) Check further but unless the metal particulate makes into the internal BOWLS of the Engine your Good to Go !!!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2010 at 7:27PM
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Sounds like I might be OK then. Nothing was disassembled. Still will be pulling a few more covers/shrouds. I need that closure. Thanks to all!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2010 at 8:27PM
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BY: Yeah should be fine Bro , like Bay and I have indicated unless it makes it into the carb venturi all should be fine . Usually the nuts and bolts find their way to the belly pan under the friction disc and chain and sprocket axle assemblies. Check around the Cylinder head Shroud/ Fin area also . Good Luck :)

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 5:32AM
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Got a hoist?. If so drain the gas and oil. hoist it up (providing you can and know how to do that safely) turn it upside down, listen for something falling or rattling, and using a rubber mallet clock it to create vibration and it should fall back out.

I'm no fan of FO (Foreign Objects) which may become FOD (Foreign Object Damage)(Don't google or you will never have closure or Fly again!), Nail lodged against a moving part could create havoc, especially if it makes a funny sound when snowblowing. But, if all else fails I would use it instead of scooping, cause I'm not leaving the ground.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2010 at 8:00PM
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Note: If you do take it apart--lay the bolts some place away from the internal workings, because those bolts and nuts you remove, have a certain longing to get back to where they belong, and will take any opportunity to jump back inside the engine, or the works, as soon as you turn yuor head!
I saw a young auto mechanic have to buy two new pistons for the car he was fixing, just because he laid the bolts and nuts on the cowl panel, instead of in a box! BT,ST!

    Bookmark   December 16, 2010 at 10:28AM
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Just a quick follow-up to all... the FO (nail) was located today! After removing a few protective shrouds, I was pretty baffled - no where for it to go. With it being new unit (purchased last year) it is sealed up pretty tight. I actually passed up an obvious place a curious 2 year old would try to drop something in - - the muffler! Dropped a magnetic probe inside and fished around and - clink! There it was! Hey - thanks to all for your input. Happy Holidays!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2010 at 5:05PM
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Good to hear that you "Nailed It".
(Now I'm going to hide in my shed.)

    Bookmark   December 18, 2010 at 10:15AM
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