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    Snowblower impeller advice

    I need some advice about if I should go from a plastic to steel impeller on a 54 inch snowblower. Some of you have changed to a steel impeller. What differences have you noticed after the change? Does it run quieter? Does it have more power, especially in deeper or heavier snow? Has anybody using a plastic impeller have it break? If so, did it break from wearing out or did it break from something hitting it?
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    Quieter. Smoother. Throws snow further. No more clogging since the changeover. Additional piece of mind. There have been a few failures with the plastic impeller that I'm aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    I need some advice about if I should go from a plastic to steel impeller on a 54 inch snowblower. Some of you have changed to a steel impeller. What differences have you noticed after the change? Does it run quieter? Does it have more power, especially in deeper or heavier snow? Has anybody using a plastic impeller have it break? If so, did it break from wearing out or did it break from something hitting it?
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    Super beat me to it! I was just posting when I saw Franks post come up but here is my end of it..

    I can't speak for the 54" as I have a 47" but my plastic impeller was wobbly and making a ton of noise so I changed it out to a steel unit. It throws the snow much further like 10-15 feet more then the plastic one and it is much quieter, but I had a problem with mine. I also do not trust plastic if you get into something like a buried wood stove ash container! To me it was piece of mind but it does really throw, and slush isn't to much of an issue either with the steel. The power thing, I doubt that a plastic vs. steel would make a difference, that's all how heavy the snow is and engine power.. I will tell you that the last storm we had here in central Ma was on the heavy side, 8-10" deep and my blower threw that stuff with no issue at all. I also had a bearing issue right behind the impeller from day one and that also contributed to the noise issue. I have posted that in another thread with pictures.. If you do want to change it out and never took the unit apart before, check out Superglidesports post with pictures. It is a big help for sure.. You take it apart once and you can do it with your eyes closed the second time!
    good luck with your soul search. I haven't read of anyone breaking one but I know the two hex steel pieces that the plastic fans have embedded in them to keep it on the driveshaft, can have a lot of play on the shaft. I read one post that stated the Plastic was spinning on the metal hex! I don't know how that can happen once you see how it is made??? Mine is in a box, just in case, as a back up.. Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Quieter. Smoother. Throws snow further. No more clogging since the changeover. Additional piece of mind. There have been a few failures with the plastic impeller that I'm aware of.
    Totally agreed frank, I knew you would post on this one! I reference your post all the time, the pictures and verbiage make the job easy for anyone with mechanical abilities.. Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    I need some advice about if I should go from a plastic to steel impeller on a 54 inch snowblower. Some of you have changed to a steel impeller. What differences have you noticed after the change? Does it run quieter? Does it have more power, especially in deeper or heavier snow? Has anybody using a plastic impeller have it break? If so, did it break from wearing out or did it break from something hitting it?
    Thanks!!!
    One more thing Bob, watch out for wild turkeys all 101 of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Quieter. Smoother. Throws snow further. No more clogging since the changeover. Additional piece of mind. There have been a few failures with the plastic impeller that I'm aware of.
    Same experience here after steel changeover.
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    Run the plastic till it dies. Plastic is great till you get into the heavy wet stuff or chunks of ice.... Metal handles heavy stuff much better. I get great White Rooster tails with the light stuff. 40-45' out there. No more bogging down as fast as the plastic one did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefftaylor View Post
    One more thing Bob, watch out for wild turkeys all 101 of them!
    Jeff.....did you mean wild turkeys or Wild Turkey???!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    Jeff.....did you mean wild turkeys or Wild Turkey???!!
    That all depends on how many you have! Sorry I didn't capitalize..

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    Been wanting to do this for a bit. Any insight on where and what to purchase in regards to the metal impeller?

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