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New snow blower owner questions

Posted by nor_easter MA (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 15, 05 at 14:47

I took advantage of the tax free day here on Staurday and invested in a smaller 2-stage snowblower. I believe I heard of people treating the inside of the auger-housing/auger/impeller/chute with everything from auto wax, quickdetailer, cooking sprays, to soaps and petroleum lubricants to aid in keeping the snow from sticking. Is this all a farce or do these suggestions really work? I know its early in the season and because I purchased this blower it will never snow, but I was wondering how to increase its performance/longevity from the starting line. It is contructed entirely of metal including the chute so I assume that autowax would be the obvious choice, but I would like some real world opinions as I have never logged many hours behind one of these.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Anything that will make the internal areas of a snowblower slipperier than it is, will aid in the snow blowing processs. The problem is one of how each of these products will last. Most don't last very long. While snow might look all white and pristine, it is not. As it falls, it can pick up particles of airborne dirt.

Any thing mixed in with the snow is essentially abrasive and these things strip off coatings and then paint and then start wearing down the steel. Coating these areas with paste wax each time you use the blower is a good idea but repainting it at the end of the season to ensure no rust gets a foothold is an absolute must.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

The colder the day or the snow/ the less it sticks or plugs up your blower. If your area uses salt, the end of the drive closest to the road will be the most difficult to clear.

Blowing in the early morning or late at night, is the best time to clear the driveway. The colder the weather, the colder the snow, the easier it is removed.

Naturally, if you drive over a snow covered driveway 1x, and wait until evening to remove snow, it is much more difficult than taking care of it b-4 you leave in the morning.

If your blower plugs up-ALWAYS SHUT OFF BEFORE CLEARING CHUTE!


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What make and model did you buy? There are some peculiarities.


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I usually give my blowers/throwers a good dose of WD40 right before I use them. This will keep them from sticking until the housing/impellers reach the ambient snow temperature. Genesil has it pretty much covered re. properties of snow/type/moisture content/air temp. etc. You gotta 'speriment as you go for the first few snows. Different machines need different handling techniques but that's the fun of arguing with Ma Nature! BTW, WD40 can be had fairly cheap (Lowesy or Home Dupa) in one gallon cans which you can add to any old empty household sprayer. WAY cheaper than all those expensive aerosol cans.

Come to think of it I have never tried melted bees wax on a snow blower, let me know if you do! :)


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Garandman,

I went to a local shop in the next town called Moscariello Equip. and bought a 8.5hp Ariens.


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".....I believe I heard of people treating the inside of the auger-housing/auger/impeller/chute with everything from auto wax...."

I have an old Ariens 2-stage with 24 Great Lakes winters on it. It is all metal. You don't have to baby these things like some people say. It's a solid tool. Use good oil that you change each season and use fresh fuel with Sta-Bil in it.

Rust shmust. Don't worry about it. Just get a large can of silicone spray from any hardware store and give the auger housing, auger, impellar and chute a good spraying 2 or 3 times a season, You'll be just fine.

Happy snow throwing.


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Sir, I have 2 Ariens. I spray the inside of the housing and impeller with silocne spray, as mentioned above. I also coated the inside of the discharge chute but actualy found that ski wax (some hard wax I used on XC skiis) worked even better.

The #1 problem with older Ariens is that at the end of the season, some semi-conscientious folks squirt grease into the Zerk fittings on the Rakes. But they don't remove the shear pins and spin the rakes on the shaft a few times to distribute the grease all the way around the shaft. Eventually - and I mean more than 10 years, usually - the corrosion essentially locks the rake to the auger shaft and the auger gears become the weak part in the system, rather than the shear pin.

Also as others mentioned I use synthetic motor oil, changed at the end of the season, drain the tank by running the engine, then drain the carb float tank - there's a little drain screw on most models. Some folks fog the engines but I have not: just my outboard (which cost $11,000 and thus gets closer attention).


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A note of warning with the snow blowers. Make sure that you never put your arm or hand in there. Always use a stick or something. Ask any emergency room and they will tell you that even though the engine has stalled due to clogging, the engine still has compression. Most people lose fingers when the clog is free and the auger moves quickly to release the compression.

Good luck with the unit.
-greenhobby


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Greenhobby I understand your concern. My wife is an operating room nurse and comes home with bizarre stories of stupidity. For instance the man that lost three fingers while he and his friend used their lawnmower to "make a flat top" on their hedge. Common sense, the owners manual, and good advice go a long way....


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snow blower question

Hi,

I am looking at getting a new snowblower and I am stuck on either a Craftsman 5.5hp 24" VS Ariens 7.5hp 24"
I really like to Ariens due to the larger engine and metal chute, the the opening in the chute where the snow blows out seems very small as compared to the Craftman.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

Mark


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Mark, I'd recommend the Ariens. you don't usually here people complaining about Ariens, but you do hear complaints about Craftsman. People on here regularly refer to 20+ year old Ariens that still work great.

-Bruce <------picked up a 11.5hp, 28" Ariens at home Depot on clearance last year


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

>>he the opening in the chute where the snow blows out seems very small as compared to the Craftman.<<

Well, it depends on where you live nad how much snow you get.

But in general, in heavy snow most snowblowers can't clear a full swath anyway, so the narrower blower housing on the Ariens is a bow to reality, not marketing hype.

I have a 1970 Ariens and can get all the parts at any dealer. As Sears has changed suppliers a number of times, personally I'm reluctant to buy anything more complicated than an adjustable wrench from them.


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Mark,

I looked at Sears when I was went to buy a snowblower this August. Depending on the model you purchase either MTD or Murray builds their snowblowers. Personally I found the construction of the Ariens to be stronger(perhaps heavier gauge steel) as well as it appeared to be more servicable (zerks on the auger and the gear box can be drain and refilled). If you decide to go the route of Sears I would first suggest checking out the smaller machines made by MTD(troy-bilt, yard-man, white outdoors, and yard machines) you will probably find the same blower for less money than Sears.

Most importantly I think while the 200 or 300 more it may be for the Ariens, it could be the difference between replacing the machine earlier than you would expect and that's just bad economics.

On a side not my new snow blower came in and its a 926 not the 8526 I thought I ordered. The dealer said Ariens stopped making them, but not to worry it's probably the same engine with a different hp rating sticker anyhow ;^)


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Thanks for the info. I ended up purchasing the Ariens 7524. Got it home today, put it togther and it looks really good. Very solid and well build. Started up with 2 pulls and the 7.5 seems really strong. My concern on the chute went away as on Sunday I say my father inlaws 6hp 24" honda snowblower ( $ 1400 ) His chute size was the same size as the Ariens and he never had it clog. I think my decison was fine. Also lots of better features and option on the Ariens.

Thanks again...

Mark


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On the Ariens 7524, anyone know if it has the alternator built in? The one feature I would like to add is a light. Unfortunately the size blower I need does not have a light.

I checked online at Ariens via their Parts Radar the engine type and x-ref'd it with Tecumseh. The engine is from their "premium" line not the "standard line"... So what does that mean? Cast iron cylinder sleeve vs just an aluminum cylinder, so the motor will last. It also lists several options (most of which seem to have been incorporated by Ariens on the 7524), but I cannot verify about the alternator.

Any help or advice on how to add a light would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Ric


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Markdb

You will not regret buying an Ariens. I originally bought a Craftsman 8hp, had it for 6 years, regretted it all 6 years especially when it would break down or the belts would start slipping during a snow storm.

I bought an Ariens 10/32 DLE and have had it for 10 years so far. It has never broken down (other than a couple shear pins) and I am still using the original belts and friction wheel. The Ariens really blows snow. My old Craftsman just sucked.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Anyone know about Husqvarna snowblowers? I looking for a 10HP unit and really not sure which make to go with or what engine is best. My budget is about 1K.


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Hi everyone. I was just given a 1969 or 1970 Ariens snow blower, model 10954 with a 7 horse Tecumseh H70-130067. It needs some work and I am getting educated quickly reading your posts. Thank you. Ariens is sending me the parts/service manual. Snow's comming soon!

I'll be talking to you all soon.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Sat, Nov 12, 05 at 10:59

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"Posted by: tbird48 (My Page) on Sat, Oct 29, 05 at 15:51

Anyone know about Husqvarna snowblowers? I looking for a 10HP unit and really not sure which make to go with or what engine is best. My budget is about 1K. "

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Husqvarna snowblowers are made by AYP/Electrolux. Same as the Poulan and Sears/Craftsman brands. They are pretty reliable from what I've heard from 2 Husq owners.

Their high end blowers have a lot of features like Briggs & Stratton Intek OHV engines, Auto/Hydro transmission (like in Hondas), trigger release power steering, easy chute controls etc.

The Canadian Crafstman version also comes in a 13HP version and is quite affordable (see link below: prices in Canadian $).

I saw this at Sears the other day and it looks quite well built as compared to other brands. It's chute control is way better than the ones on the new Ariens models, but not as good as the ones on the Toros and Bolens/Yardman models.

Cheers, Sabesh.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sears Canada Craftsman 13HP/27


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 14, 05 at 4:38

I was set on buying a Craftsman model this morning. However, the controls are way to stiff. The salesperson tells me that they will get loose over time, but I don't have the patience for it. Too bad, the Craftsman has a TON of features for the price.

I then checked out Ariens. The chute controls were stiff or didn't work properly at HD or at a dealer (some worked properly at the dealer, other didn't). Ariens really should make setup of controls easier so that dealers and owners don't have to sweat over getting it to work properly. Bad design IMHO. The Ariens units look like ancient designs. Ugly as heck. Not my cup o' tea.

The Bolens/yardman models had way too much plastic and rubber IMHO. However, their chute controls were only second to the Toros.

Checked out the Toros. Wow. I couldn't believe how easy they were to handle. I just don't like the Tecumseh engines on the 1128LXE model, but might have to settle for it as only Craftsman carries B&S OHVs in my area (Simplicity: Where are you?). I do like the plastic chute and the wide opening at the impeller. They are also balanced just right. I can't believe I completely ignored Toros during my Snowblower hunt.

Is it difficult to change out an engine on a snowblower? I read somewhere that the Tecumsehs and B&Ss have the same mounting slots. If it can be done, I might buy the Toro now and swapout the engine a few years down the road.

Cheers, Sabesh.


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The other things you have to watch out is chunks of ice cracking the plastic chute. It is rare but it happened to someone on GW last year. Also the hand grip controls on the Toro are made of plastic which may fatigue over time. Even though the Toro chute control is nice at the moment, it is also made of plastic.

Assembly problems:
I have also found inconsistencies in operation due to improper assembly on many models including Toro, Ariens and Honda. Most problems are from big box stores and from garden centers IMO. Most of these stores use people lacking skills to "do it right the first time". The OPE shop by me uses lots of people South of the border that have "communication" problems.

BTW, I would also check out Simplicity. They make a great all metal machine with traditional crank chute controls.


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One issue with any "joystick" chute controls is that you don't have much mechanical advantage. When you're in the middle of a long blow things tend to ice up. You'd either be left with a stuck chute, or breaking something by applying too much force on the control end. High-ratio worm or spur gears with cranks are better in my book.

A person I know broke a plastic chute on a Craftsman snowblower with an ice chunk. Only a week out the store's door.

Sabesh, what don't you like about Ariens' overall design? They've actually updated completely since the older ('60s-70s-80s) designs being used. Those were arguably better, however. Ditto on the Simplicity nod. Although if you're looking for something sporty and sexy that might not be it.


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 15, 05 at 0:39

John_in_MA,

Thanks for the advise. I think I'll take my chances with the Toro as there's not much space between my neighbor's houses and mine: The Toro will allow me to blow snow exactly where I want it to due to it's easy-to-use chute controls.

My wife will also use the blower whenever I'm not home. We both looked at the Ariens 926DLE and found it's controls to be too stiff or just not working properly. She managed to wheel around a Toro 1028LXE but found the 926DLE tricky manouver around. We found the design itself very retro and bare-bones-like. I'm not looking for anything sexy, but I just don't like the 50s styling of the Ariens.

Even the speed control on the Toro is MUCH smoother than on the Ariens. IMHO, Toro seems to have meticulously engineered their blowers to be easy to use, efficient, light and durable (Joystick chute control, High grade-High impact plastic etc). The Ariens engineers seem to only concentrate on building a steel-clad unit with not much regard for ease-of-use. Their marketing strategy seems to revolve around patriotism ("made in USA") and how tough and durable their machines are. Just my 2 cents ;)

Cheers, Sabesh


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I own a Simplicity but looked at Ariens and Toro also.I like the 50's desighn of a Ariens over the 00's desighn of a Toro.Because that easy to use chute desighn of the Toro is plastic and Cold weather and plastic to me spells Break or Crack.


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 15, 05 at 15:09

Are there any reports on the internet of the plastic on a Toro cracking? If so, what is the URL? Thx. Sabesh.


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I did not mean the plastic chute.I mean the plastic joy stick directional chute control.Its plastic and you turn it to control the direction of the snow in cold weather?It gave me the feeling of it just might break.When I looked at it at HD last year.In a warm store take it out in 0 degree weather and see what happens a few years down the road.Ussually if it looks like it will break in time it will.


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 16, 05 at 0:19

johndeere: I think I'll take my chances with the Toro and enjoy it's ease-of-use features ;) .. I'm reading that the Toro plastic is very durable and is of NASA quality:

http://homes.mainetoday.com/news/041219snowblowers.shtml

Cheers, Sabesh.


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How much is Toro paying you? :)

A lot of stuff is developed by NASA. This may come as a big surprise, but they don't use snowblowers in space. I'd be more interested in knowing what kind of plastic it is, since nothing's exclusive to Toro. My Toro 1800 electric snowblower has a plastic chute control (of a different type) and I'm not happy with the way it's wearing.


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By the way, Consumer Reports always baffles most equipment people with how they rank their ratings. Mowers especially. In the list on that website, the Toro is the only premium machine tested.

Don't get me wrong, I think Toros are great. Just that my personal preference is towards more solid machines. Used to own a 41-year-old Ariens, and last week I overhauled a friend's 35-year-old Ariens that had sat outside for a decade. My next door neighbors own a Simplicity of similar age and an Ariens from around 1980.


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They're all fantastic in cyberspace. Sabesh, I look forward to when you announce what you've actually bought, and how it works in real snow.


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 16, 05 at 19:17

Uh Oh .. Looks like I might have offended some of you'all Ariens owners ;) .. My apologies if I did so.

Garandman: I've gone ahead and ordered a Toro 1028 LXE. I'll skip the Ariens Tanks take my chances with the evil plastic controls on the Toro ;) ..

Thanks for all your advise and inputs. Cheers, Sabesh.


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Sabesh,
I have a two year old Toro 726te (now called the 6000) and so far the plastic joy stick has been great. May I ask how much does the 1028 LXE cost at your location? My Toro dealer doesn't sell anything larger than the 828 ($1299). The 826 goes for $999 and the 6000 for $949.

AZ


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 16, 05 at 20:06

AZinOH: I'm located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and snowblowers are slightly more expensive here. I paid $2000 + 15% taxes for my Toro 1028 LXE (In Canadian dollars). My dealer's URL is below.

Prices will be lower in the off-season if stocks exist. Thanks for your input regarding the Toro Joystick. Much appreciated. Cheers, Sabesh.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cliff's lawn and Garden equipment


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Congradulations on the Toro Sabesh.Im a Simplicity owner so you did not affend me at all.Ariens Toro Simplicity I dought you could go wrong with any of the three.


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  • Posted by sabesh Ont., Canada (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 17, 05 at 0:23

johndeere: Thanks, I wish there were Snapper/Simplicity dealers within 2 hours of where I live. I would have driven to check them out. They really seem to be the ideal snowblowers from all accounts I've read: Tough construction, yet easy-to-use controls. I've seen one in Michigan and was very impressed by it's quality (Simplicity version).

I thought about the Toro OHV version but it is almost as loud as their L-heads (same with Ariens OHVs also). However, the B&S engines on the Craftsman blowers were noticeably quieter. So, I'm assuming that the Simplicities are the same. Cheers, Sabesh.


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The Arien's new chute control may have some growing pains, so I am keeping an eye out for complaints on this site. I tried all the controls at my local HD and had no problems. I am going to look at the pro models next to see how they look and operate.

Yes, the Toro operates more smoothly because the chute is made of lightweight plastic. The Ariens has more inertia because of it's metal construction and little mechanical advantage as John_in_Mass pointed out.

There is another snowblower thread in which someone had their Arien's machine returned to their garden center to have the chute control adjusted because it didn't operate properly. I am waiting for that follow up.


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How do change the motor oil on a Murray 29' snowblower

I bought a Murray 29" snowblower and I cannot find the owners maunal.
Does anybody know how to change the motor oil ?
I don't want to send to the shop just for that. These guys charge $100 to do that.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

You take the drain plug out of the engine base or drain tube. Try to keep a pan under the drain, or use a hose or something. Put the plug back in. Fill with 5-30 oil to "full" on the filler-cap dipstick when it's screwed in.

Murray would just have the manual for the snowblower itself. You need the engine manual. You can get it from Tecumseh's website for free.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions Will not move into gear.

my brand new Sears snowthrower worked for 5 minutes today then would not go forward. All the belts and chains appear to be in working order. Any suggestions?


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Interested in purchasing a Murray 10hp snowblower. Who makes the engine and is it reliable?
Bill


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Tecumseh makes the engine. Should be one of the older flathead designs, so I'd put it as more reliable than their newer OHVs. A little louder though.

The machine itself is lightweight. Some of the drive and auger parts are undersized, but with care it should last well enough.


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bought a used toro snowblower, just used it for the first time and now the auger doesn't turn.. Any ideas? So annoyed with myself for not buying an Ariens from the start.


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Lineman,

Model number? How old? Purchased from dealer or private owner? Anything is possible with a used machine...could have same problem with Ariens or any other make.


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Oil Question

I know the manual on my Ariens says if you use synthetic use 0-30W, but when I went in the store, no one sold this, and I also got those stares like I had two heads. I wanted a sythetic so I gave up and put 0-40W Mobil one in her. Was this a mistake? in all my reading it seems like the highest weight looks to be 30W. If it's only a problem with starting my electric start fires up right away.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

try speedway sales

Here is a link that might be useful: honda snow blower


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>I know the manual on my Ariens says if you use synthetic use 0-30W, but when I went in the store, no one sold this,<

You don't say where you live or how cold it gets, but Mobil I is fine. The 40 designation would provide higher temp coverage - which yo don't need on a snow thrower.


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hello, my name is yuval.

i`m 17 years old boy from Israel and I have some questions about the snow blower because I have to do a work anout the problem of moving snow from pathes (in countreies which have cold climte).
I would like you to answer me about some questions that I should answer for the work prosses. please send me a posetive reply that says you can answer me and I then, I`ll send you the questions I want you to answer.
Thanks a lot for your attention! :)
Yuval.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

what oil ratio should i be using for a toro s200 snowthrower??


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We have a Craftsman snowblower that worked fine yesterday but won't propel itself forward today. It's too heavy to push by itself. Any tips on troubleshooting this problem. We seem to have misplaced the owners manual. Thanks.


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I have recently purchased a craftsman 13.5 torque 1350 snow series, it has a 13.5 torque engine in it made by briggs and stratton; a 27 inch cut with a 23 inch intake.
But I was wondering just what horsepower a 13.5 torque engine really would be...I can't seem to find out too much on the internet, however I did speak with a couple of briggs techs at a couple of different times. The frist one that I spoke with, told me that it was a 11hp, and the other one I spoke with, told me that 13.5 torque was just a different way on rating the machines; and that it was a 13.5 horsepower...That being said, the snow blower itself says 13.5 torque; but the owners manual that I have here say's 13.5 horsepower...I checked the model number on both the snow blower and on the owners manual, and they both match up, so I'm confused! Can anyone out there in cyber space help me with this deliama??

Thank's!


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Here in S Central MO, large amounts of snow happen once maybe twice a year and I don't have a need or expense for a 2 stage gas model. Do the 12" electric "brooms" work? I have about 30' of sidewalk to clear and about 5' of drive.


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What is the least amount (in inches) that you would use a 28 inch dual stage snowblower? I am assuming if you have 3 inches this would not be approriate. (I do'nt know). Can you use the dual for any amount of snow or not?


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Well give it a try and tell us if the amount and distance the snow is discharged from the chute is makes it justified to you ?


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

When things get clogged up with my 2 stage, I use a toilet cleaning brush that I keep hanging from one of the handlebars. It does a good job in cleaning things off at the end of blowing snow too and its always handy so I dont' have to look around for a stick or something to use to clear. I think the thing cost me $2 at the odd lot store.


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Bogey : Great Suggestion !


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I also put some WD 40 on the brush before I blow snow and it seems to help keep things clear after the chute clogs up.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

I saw your question and thought this would help you. I came across a product that works wonderfully and can be used with many different applications. It is called Clean Deck Graphite. You should prepare all your snow removal equipment by using Clean Deck Graphite on the snow blower outlet chute and deflector, the scraper bar and on the shave plate and auger too. If you have a snow plow blade and a snow shovel, the product works great on them also to prevent the build-up of wet snow. For regular snow removal, you only have to apply Clean Deck Graphite once a year vs. the other non-stick options which have to be applied every time you go out to remove any snow. Cleaning up after you are done is pretty easy too as the snow will not stick to your equipment if you coated everything properly and if there is any small residue left behind on the coated areas, you just lightly rinse it off with a water hose. I have really enjoyed using this product. They have a website, but I do not think it is allowed to be posted here in this forum. Just search for the name of the product and you should be able to find it. I hope this helps.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Now that i have reached the "Geezer" stage in life, and after many years of working with all things mechanical, with the exception of very large ocean going ship diesels, i can see that my simple approach to snow-throwers/blowers doesn't cut it in this modern world!
Over the years--we didn't bother with all of the technical jargon i have just finished reading in the past messages, in this section. Oh, we did the regular maintenance, and all that, but, worrying about how much snow something will toss out, and how far, didn't seem to warrant 75 pages of nonsense!
Also, an Ariens large snow thrower/blower, is hands down far better than most anything you can buy today! Unless you go to the places that sell real snow equipment!
And, just why does everybody trash-talk Tecumseh engines?
Geez--they held up just as good as B&S, and sometimes better! Seems the goofs here know so much about them, even though they never owned them, or used them. HMMPH!
Any snow-blower i have had, i would remove it from storage, check the oil (which i had changed in the Spring), grease up the fittings, install fresh gasoline, plug it in, and it would start!
So now, i just returned from picking up a gift snow blower. An Ariens, electric start, and all that. Only thing wrong that i can see, is it wasn't run last winter because the owner had bought a new one. Today, he tried to start it, and nothing. So he called me and told me i could have it for free! Tomorrow, i'll get it to run, and then i'll have one to use. And, i won't complain if it has a Tecumseh engine, or if it has a plastic chute, or one of the controls won't work right! Some TLC will get it operating again. End of rant! Rusty Jones


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Rusty , Rant Excepted No Problemo lol !


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Seized Snow blower engine

I tried to do preventative maintenance by draining the oil in my blower. Trouble is, I forget to fill it before starting last week. It ran for about 3 minutes then died. I tried liquid wrench down the spark plug-no luck. I then pulled off the pully mechanism, place a board over top and struck it with a small hammer. Still no luck. I really don't know my way around an engine but would love to save my blower-snow's coming and I have to clear the rink:)


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I'm just glad I have an Ariens in good enough shape so that #2 son could clear the driveway without troubles. I'm down to one good arm, so fixing stuff is gonna hafta wait awhile. Tecumsehs are good little engines. Keep the oil level right , and you'll be fine.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Hey Guys, no spark on a early 80's Ariens blower' Don't know where to access points. Under the flywheel? this is a 5 HP with eletric start. Thanks for the help BD.


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If it has points, then yes- under the flywheel. Verify no ground happening going to the magneto from the kill switch circuit.


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RE: New snow blower owner questions

Can anyone tell me what the actual Horsepower rating is for this model snow blower? 2011 Troy-Bilt 277cc 28 inch Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower Model 31AH64Q4711
The manufacturer and retailer won't say! I've searched everywhere online and I just can't seem to find an answer?
Any help out there?
Thanks!


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