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I have an Airens 8hp snowblower that when it is in gear it won't move forward. It takes alot of force to move it but the augers move and the snow flies out of the chute good. What can I look at fixing?

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I believe that model has to belts. one for the auger drive and one for the traction drive. I would check the traction drive belt. The is also a rubber drive donut that rides on a melat disc to drive the wheels. Make sure the rubber drive donut is not glazed and cracked, and one other simple thing to check. On the end of each axle is a pin or some kind of locking device that lock the wheel from spinning on the axle. Make sure these are engaged. Goodluck on it.

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