My dad's snow thower ingested rock. It locked up the secondary impeller. I am having difficulty finding a qualified repair service that will come out to my parent's house in Woburn, Mass. Do you have any guidance for me? Thanks
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Re: Ariens Snowblower Repair Facilities
Start buy checking the gear box to see if there is any cracks in the housing if there is then your going to need a new gear box assembly, sometimeswhat will happen is the auger will stop do to an object and the shear bolts don't break while the impeller is still triing to spin causeing the gears in the gear box to break.You can go to www.ariens.com, then go to parts,then click where it says click here to enter Parts Radar, you will need to have your model numberyou can get the break down for your machine which will help in dismantle and puting it back together you will also be able to get the part number for any parts you will need. If you need a new gear box get the whole assembly not the indivisual parts. any other questions please feel free to ask.
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Carb was probably bought in from a specialist manufacturer by the engine maker along with the ignition equipment and the maker of the snow blower in turn would have likely bought in the engines.
Few manufacturers bother making stuff for themselves when others can do it better and cheaper.
If you want it to be authentic I suggest you get in touch with Ariens with details and pictures of your snowblower and ask them if they have anyone there with a long white beard and a memory to match who could tell you where the carbs were sourced. It will be a matter of playing detective and following a line of clues.
If you aren't bothered about authenticity there are a number of generic replacement carbs that could be made to fit and jetted to suit and if it is a governed engine the governor could probably be made to fit too.
if rock is quartz or grannite use a torch to heat them up and dose it with cool water , shatters the rock into sand happend all the time in the quarry i worked at on heavy equipment , that torch idea worked everytime
Your front end is jammed. Its either frozen or there is a rock or something jamming it up. Before you start engine reach down chute and turn back impeller that throws the snow out of blower. Should turn freely. when its free its fixed. You will probably need a new belt.
Service kit available for that mess of gears in the motor box(needle bearings inside the gear seize up), there is also a shear or sacrificial adapter mounted to the impeller input shaft Parts and Diagrams for MTD 31AS63EF729 2011 check around part # 7 and 15 top right hand corner. hope this helps. if this didnt help check out this web site
there is a bolt that goes thru auger and spinning shaft (look for a hole where it once was) holds the augers to the spinning shafts, it is called a shear pin, it is a safety feature, and made of softer metal, so if you pick up something too hard with the auger, it wont lock up the engine, or break engine crank shaft.find an ariens repair shop to purchase the shear pin so you get the right softness of metal.
Sounds like you have a broken or partially broken shear pin in the auger.Check along the auger[machine off]and see if there is what looks like a bolt anywhere along the auger shaft.If there is [and there will be] remove and inspect it and you will see why the auger is not working.Next time,never clean out a chute or auger while the engine is running,people loose limbs this way.