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    John Deere 1023e Snowblower Blades can't turn

    Hey everyone,

    So I bought a John Deere 1023e about two weeks ago with a 54inch snowblower and we got our second snow storm since I've had it and when I went to blow the front blades wouldn't kick on, so when I looked at it I noticed that the blade was catching on the right side and couldn't fully rotate it's like it shifted an inch to the right. Has anyone seen this or have any idea what would have caused this? It's obviously still under warranty, so I'm going to contact the dealership tomorrow during business hours, but I was really baffled and was wondering what would have caused this. I attached a video to show what it's doing. Thanks in advance.

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    The problem is the auger is hitting on the bolt that holds the skid shoe on. Try mounting your skid shoe on the outside of the auger housing OR simply try taking the bolt out and inserting it with the nut on the outside.
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    Correct it is hitting the bolt and even if I moved the bolt it would hit the shoe which I could also move, but it wasn't prior. Any idea why it would have shifted like that?

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    Hmmm... without seeing the rest of the auger it is difficult to say. I have the same blower and there really isn't anything that would allow the auger to shift unless the shear bolt retainer came loose. If you grab the right side auger tube can you slide it left-right at all?

    I'm assuming you removed the shear bolt from the right side or did it break as a result of the auger hitting the bolt?
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    Here is a large image of the auger on my 54" when it was first delivered. You should be able to zoom in and see details. Do you see anything that looks vastly different from your auger alignment?
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    I'll admit this is my first tractor and I'm very uneducated on the specifics on this. I see both shear pins are still there and I'm able to move the blade as you can tell. If they are broken does that allow the blades to spin? Here is a photo of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremyMcDev View Post
    I'll admit this is my first tractor and I'm very uneducated on the specifics on this. I see both shear pins are still there and I'm able to move the blade as you can tell. If they are broken does that allow the blades to spin? Here is a photo of mine.
    There is a shear bolt on each end of the auger. The red arrow below is pointing to it. There is an identical shear bolt on the left side. When these bolts are in place you will not be able to turn the auger by hand. When aligned, the oval-shaped shear bolt retainer (green arrow) will be aligned with the counter balance on the auger. From your video I suspect this bolt is missing as it appears you are turning the auger by hand.

    Where are the two shear "pins" that you are seeing?


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    Did you move the skid shoes up to have blower clean down to pavement?

    When I got mine it was set low, to leave more snow on gravel drive. When I got the gravel packed down and froze, I moved my shoes up, but put them on the outside of housing. There are several settings you can set those shoes at. As you raise them up, you need to move the shoes to the outside of housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbear View Post
    Did you move the skid shoes up to have blower clean down to pavement?

    When I got mine it was set low, to leave more snow on gravel drive. When I got the gravel packed down and froze, I moved my shoes up, but put them on the outside of housing. There are several settings you can set those shoes at. As you raise them up, you need to move the shoes to the outside of housing.
    I was thinking that too. But there is only one set of bolt holes in the housing. So no matter what position the shoes are in, the bolts will be in the same place in the housing.

    I always recommend changing the shoes to being mounted on the outside, I'm not sure why JD shoe-horned them on the inside.
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    Oh ok I understand. I thought you were talking about the bolt in the middle of the bar, so my pins are missing on both ends, so they did break. Thank you for explaining that. So I could pop another one in no problem, but the blade still seems like it is off alignment where it would hit the boot/bolt even if I moved it. Tomorrow I'll have to see what the dealership says and if they just want me to move the boot down and replace the pin or if they want me to do something different where it does seem to have shifted some. I learned a lot on the new toy. Thank you for showing me the photo. How often do these pins typically break. Is this a common occurrence?

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