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    47 inch blower problem

    Well I was out blowing snow and ice when I sheared a bolt on the left side of my 47" snow blower and now it makes a very BAD knocking noise when I engage the blower at idle. (Don't what to take it further)When I hold the first stage auger I noted the second stage seems to have a lot of radial free play (1/2") and I also noted witness marks in the second stage area of the blower. As I can't sit on the tractor and also witness the rotation knocking issue I'm at a loss as to what I broke? I have disconnected the drive shaft from the blower and engaged the PTO and that's not the problem. Blower knocking only!!

    Ideas to trouble shoot???

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    See if you bent an auger. I did that once.

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    Did you check the shears there are 3, 2 for the augers and 1 for the second stage.....
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    I held both sides of the auger to the second stage and believe there aren't any further shear bolts broken, but I'm not sure how I would check for a bent auger other than a visual which at this point I can't see. I've hand rotated the system as best as I can at this point and didn't see any issues
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    Keep checking, it is there. You may need to pull, push, and pry on things to see if you can get them out of alignment.
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    If the auger slides one way or another, it can hit the bolts that hold the shoes on. I've got to adjust mine from time to time.
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    Took your advice and put the PTO in neutral and rolled the blower unit and behold.... The left auger that sheared the pin had a outside bent paddle and I fixed it in 5 seconds to get the clearance back from the bolts that hold the skid plates. If you look close on the blowers yellow paint you can see where something (ice?) hit and left a gouge in the paint

    Over reaction on my part, but GTT always gets my head back into place.. Thanks RandyM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy Bottom View Post
    Well I was out blowing snow and ice when I sheared a bolt on the left side of my 47" snow blower and now it makes a very BAD knocking noise when I engage the blower at idle. (Don't what to take it further)When I hold the first stage auger I noted the second stage seems to have a lot of radial free play (1/2") and I also noted witness marks in the second stage area of the blower. As I can't sit on the tractor and also witness the rotation knocking issue I'm at a loss as to what I broke? I have disconnected the drive shaft from the blower and engaged the PTO and that's not the problem. Blower knocking only!!

    Ideas to trouble shoot???

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    That amount of free play is how my 47" blower has been for years and it functions just fine. Glad you solved the issue, often it is just that simple. The blower is a lot tougher than people think. The sheer bolts break just as they are supposed to in order to protect the rest of the operation. I have bent the blower auger ( 4 vane one in the chute) and I heated it red hot with a torch, straightened it back out and away it goes.

    Just keep the chain lubed and adjusted correctly and grease the bearings and it should serve you a long time.

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    Mine has a half inch of play. Sounds like there's a bunch of rocks in there. I was told it's normal...........

    Check out post #133.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy Bottom View Post
    Atten RandyM
    Took your advice and put the PTO in neutral and rolled the blower unit and behold.... The left auger that sheared the pin had a outside bent paddle and I fixed it in 5 seconds to get the clearance back from the bolts that hold the skid plates. If you look close on the blowers yellow paint you can see where something (ice?) hit and left a gouge in the paint

    Over reaction on my part, but GTT always gets my head back into place.. Thanks RandyM
    Excellent! Now back to moving snow.
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