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Impeller does not rotate consistently and powerfully enough

Snow and slush are regularly clogged in my chute. The impeller appears to not be turning at a high rate of speed and therefore the snow/ice come up the chute too slowly, then getting clogged.

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    Michael O'Connell Jan 03, 2014

    OK. We just got about 15" of snow and my 26" Craftsman did OK with the light stuff. But not with anything at the end of my driveway. The thrower only put the snow a maximum of 15-20' from the machine. And, when I got into anything heavier, it clogged or barely pushed it up the shoot. Even while taking small "bites" of snow. It's only 5 degrees, so it's NOT that the snow, or even the snow at the end of the driveway is to wet/heavy. The impeller stops turning rather frequently, and the main auger blades stop at times, as well. Can anyone offer suggestions?



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Check belt then check and adjust tension
it can be done on idler pulley or the cable going to handle for auger drive

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