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Why can’t i break through plowed snowbank

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2019/12/03 12:15:37 (permalink)
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Why can’t i break through plowed snowbank

Hi. i am at a loss. i have had an Ariens 1024 snowblower for years. and it’s never been able to cut through the snow at the end of my driveway. I live on a very busy main road and it gets plowed constantly. When i go to run the snowblower through it, it just either runs upward (handles are forced downward) or stays and spins. It is an older machine. i’m gonna guess 15 years or so. From what i’ve heard that’s not the end of its life. i just had it tuned all up and fixed anything seen. It runs well. Is 10hp underpowered? also i have an odd yard that wants me to throw snow far and i the Ariens jist doesn’t do that. I ask because i have snowblower envy i guess. i see people using snowblowers in my neighborhood and many seem to cut right through. Any ideas beside run out and by another? Also... If i did decide to get a new one, what could/should i sell the ariens for?

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    Re: Why can’t i break through plowed snowbank 2019/12/03 16:43:38 (permalink)
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    That is a common problem and I don't have an answer. When we lived near Vancouver, a very mild cliimate, the city wind row would pack and turn to ice. I couldn't touch it with the snow thrower or a shovel. Broke it up with an old axe which was hard work!
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    Re: Why can’t i break through plowed snowbank 2019/12/07 18:27:07 (permalink)
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    Yes, I think I can help.
    Your machine needs 2 things to be able to cut through the end mass of snow.
    1. Better traction.
    2. Weight in front.

    My tenant had his own toro 8/24 2 stage machine. He had the same issues you’re having. Either his fairly light frame machine rode up or spun.

    I added some tire chains and bolted some weight to the front end - right at the end of the machine above the auger. The result? A completely different machine. He had no more struggles, or sore back from trying to horse his machine through the end of the driveway. The amount of weight was probably 40 pounds of bar stock bolted to the end of the funnel and homemade tire chains from hardware store chain. I may have pics also, not sure but 10 hp is plenty of grunt.
    I am assuming your belts and friction drive disc are decent. They will affect performance if not.
    post edited by Boltonranger - 2019/12/07 19:00:41
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