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Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: wowzer
Date: February 23, 2008 09:11AM
My snowblower had a fit yesterday trying to blow the wet snow. The blower is a single stage blower (I know, I know..but dual stages cost so much money). It works fine with powdery snow, but surely some smart engineer can figure out a way to make a snow blower work with wet snow? The darn thing keeps clogging up...I had to stop every few seconds to un-clog the unit.

Finally, I gave up and used my shovel.


How hard can it be to get a snowblower to work with wet snow.

Has anyone else had this problem with snow?

P.S. My unit is a toro 3hp blower.



All I ever really needed to know, I learned from watching Star Trek.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: iaJim
Date: February 23, 2008 09:21AM
Everyone, I'm sure.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Date: February 23, 2008 09:31AM
I actually prefer wet snow to powdery. On even a slightly windy day the snow thrower shoots the powder up into the air and the wind immediately blows it into my face.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: Stavs
Date: February 23, 2008 09:36AM
Pony up the cash my friend.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: February 23, 2008 09:47AM
What was wrong with using the shovel?
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Date: February 23, 2008 09:59AM
Some people are not in good enough shape to do a lot of shoveling.



wowzer, was it a temperature problem? The tiny bit of experience I have, right around 31 F to 34 F is the worst for clogging. Maybe you could hit it a little earlier when it was colder...confused smiley



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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: blooz
Date: February 23, 2008 10:06AM
I hear you. I don' even remember what i bought. It's out there now waiting for the plows to come by again.
last week we had 8 inches of snow followed immediately by rain. I had the same clog problem plus by the time I got out there there was 3 inches of slush under the snow and the wheels had a hard time getting traction.
But hey, it's New England. Ayup.

No wonder the Puritans liked it here.



Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: billb
Date: February 23, 2008 10:13AM
When my 2 stage Snapper was new I had to spray silicone spray on the discharge chute surfaces, to stop it from packing like making a snowball.
It's older now and that problem has gone away.
It just doesn't pack any more.

I bought a $100.00 cab for my snowblower two years ago.
First windy day that I will need it it goes on.
Haven't needed it yet.


I fixed my flat tire ($10.00 tube) and tuned it all up Thursday night.
For this "big" storm (1 inch of slush out there today). Figures.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: February 23, 2008 10:18AM
Wet snow can be a problem even with 2 stage blowers (even big tractor mounted type)

Some guys use a variety of things to keep the surface slick - teflon spray, WD-40 and I've
even heard of guys using Pam cooking spray.

One thing to try is to keep the blower moving as fast as possible through the snow.
When going slower the friction can melt the snow and then it refreezes causing clogging.

If this is the case try to make a couple passes that are shallower if possible and keep it moving.



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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: tenders
Date: February 23, 2008 10:20AM
I'm afraid the smart engineer solution for one-stage snowblowers that clog is, in fact, the two-stage snowblower.

8 inches of fluffy snow in Westchester County (NY) yesterday. So light and fluffy I just used my snow pusher shovel. Haven't even taken my electric one-stage blower down off the garage wall from where I put it last March.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: JoeM
Date: February 23, 2008 10:26AM
My 2 stage was clogging like a mo-fo yesterday. I was pulling snow bricks out of the shoot.



JoeM
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: wowzer
Date: February 23, 2008 10:46AM
WD40 into the chute? I never thought about that...


Comiseration is a good/bad thing. Sorry to hear about all the other guys getting their backs broken (shovelling) by the snow.



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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: February 23, 2008 10:56AM
Or replace the 3hp engine with something on the order of 8-10 hp. Wet snow is heavy and tends to ice up. A single stage, 3hp blower just isn't going to do the job.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: February 23, 2008 11:42AM
And since no one has said it yet:
What is this "snow" of which you speak? I remember seeing some of this, in a nice powdery form while gliding down Mammoth Mountain last weekend, but to have it where you live?!!? That's just crazy-talk.
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 23, 2008 12:14PM
Just ignore it...it will go away.



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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 23, 2008 11:59PM
you could always move......
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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: February 24, 2008 12:49AM
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SDGuy
And since no one has said it yet:
What is this "snow" of which you speak?

Dang. I always get here late.





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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: Dakota
Date: February 24, 2008 09:16AM
I am surprised no one has mentioned the obvious solution

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Re: Hate Snowblowers with Wet Snow
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 25, 2008 11:13AM
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wowzer
WD40 into the chute? I never thought about that...quote]

this one is too easy.........
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