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Snowblower drive will stop unexpectly when snowblowing

I have a 2006 Cub Cadet Model WE 26 two stage snowblower. When I'm snowblowing just about 3 minutes or a little more the thing will stop dead in it's tracks. I lift up the rear of it and the wheels turn just fine. But let it down and nothing. Usually this will happen in 2nd Gear. When I put it into another higher gear it will shudder a little and barely move. But when I put it in 1st gear it will work just fine for most of the rest of the time until I'm done. But it will stop too.

I replaced the drive belt (original looked pretty good. Might have been streatched very little) and have had the linkage adjusted by 2 service centers and it still does it. Now my brother in law is having the same thing happen to his 1 year old craftsman machine and my son the same on his brand new craftsman snowblower. What is the problem?

Someone please help me on this because every time I bring it to a service center they tell me nothing is wrong with it.


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  • rfs2051 Mar 01, 2009

    I had the same problem exactly with my 1 1/2 year old 9 hp craftsman but it turned into something even worse. Now instead of unexpectedly stopping it will only propel by pulling both of the steering triggers. I took the bottom plate off and had a look at the friction wheel and the drive belt and both appear to be in perfect condition. I had bought replacements for each and had planned on changing them but this seems to be an unrelated problem.

    The steering triggers are connected down a cable to the locking "dogs" that are supposed to drop into a cog to lock one wheel so that the other wheel rolls and pivots the machine around the stopped wheel. But, all of a sudden, this has been reversed. The machine will only move if both triggers are engaged - let go of them and the machine stops dead. This just started during the last storm and has not acted this way for the year and a half before.

    The problem that was originally described seemed to be related to the friction disk getting wet somehow - this would keep the machine from moving as the rubber disk was slipping on spinning drive disk.

    If there wasn't a snowstorm coming I would take this machine back to Sears but I guess I'll use it as-is for now.


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Mine was doing the same thing and I found that if I put it in reverse for a little while it would be ok again for a short time. I found also that it did this more often when the snow was heavy and wet which makes me think that the rubber drive wheel is getting wet and slipping. If you've brought it in to a shop and they've said that nothing could be found wrong, then it must be something that goes away by the time you get it there - water (I'm guessing).

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