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Paint Bubbles On Snowblower

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bostonman:
Good to know and appreciate all the feedback.

Ironically my parents' snow blower (around twenty-three-years old now) was purchased at Home Depot. Mine was purchased at an "authorized" dealer. I noticed HD sold the same unit for somewhere around $1200 and advertised all the nifty features except the torque (I think 12ft-lbs). The one at the authorized dealer was around $1400 and 15ft-lbs.

As for being slow, I'm surprised. Normally I use the slowest speed regardless, but, when I want to go somewhere fast, the fastest setting would be nearly running along with it. In the snow/ice, I typically never want to move fast regardless as one wrong move and I'm on the ground.

The things I dislike about my snow blower: the RPMs ramp up under a load. This causes light snow or a small amount to not be thrown as far if it doesn't detect enough of a load to ramp up the RPMs. The zero radius turning is good, but tends to cause jerking as the pads grip bare sections and slip on snow/ice. Also, just a pet peeve is the crank to turn the shoot direction isn't in a good place. I usually snow blow around the house to keep the snow away from the foundation, so as I come around tight corners, I have to change the direction of the shoot. Hard to do when I have one hand over the bars and one hand controlling the blower. My parents' have a crank in the front, so i can use both hands much better to control everything.

Also, one really odd thing that happens with mine is the float sticks. With both snow blowers, I run them dry before storing for the summer. My parents' snow blower has a spring loaded screw on the bowl that when pressed, allows all the remaining gas in the bowl to empty. Mine has a screw that allows me to do the same; except I need to unscrew it. My parents' snow blower never has any issues, however, mine, when I fill it with gas and use it for the first time sometimes starts pouring gas out of the carburetor. This happens only once and it's good for the entire winter.

Usually the float frees itself and all is well, sometimes I need to turn off the gas line (thankfully mine has a turn off), remove the screw on the bowl, and use the straw from a spray can to push the float to free it. This past winter I (thankfully) didn't have this issue.

joeqsmith:
I had provided Ariens with my modifications and it appears they offered a kit at one point to improve it.   The track system changes the ratio. 

https://www.ariens.com/en-us/part/ariens-sno-thro-track-drive-speed-up-kit-72101900

If you still have the original friction wheel in yours, and when you inspect it you are not seeing a lot of wear, it could very well be that mine wears more because of the tracks and my changing the ratio to get it to run faster. 


--- Quote ---I typically never want to move fast regardless as one wrong move and I'm on the ground.
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Having it run so slow actually puts me at higher risk as I manhandle it, especially when backing up. 

I have never drained mine.  I keep a fuel additive in it and will change the gear and motor oil and grease it is about all.   

The chute  on mine is just a bar with a band in it.  I can lock the auger and auto drive, so it's not a problem to adjust with the other hand while blowing.

Mine has no speed control like you mention.  Just the old time governor.  I wonder if that is some sort of fuel saving mode. 

bostonman:

--- Quote ---Mine has no speed control like you mention.  Just the old time governor.  I wonder if that is some sort of fuel saving mode.
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Governor is probably the correct term to use. At rest, it idles low, push it into a pile of snow, and the RPMs ramp up. As a result, I imagine the driving speed would increase too. Edit: Also, since day one, I've always smelled rubber - like the belts are burning.

I changed the friction disc on mine too. it wasn't worn, but had a chunk ripped out. Although it was perfectly fine, as mentioned previously (and others probably agree), the last thing I want to do is have a broken snow blower mid-winter.

Although a few quirks, I'm very happy with mine, until I saw the paint bubbles. I guess rust on a few various areas too was disappointing, but more the paint. The incentive now to keep it clean has dwindled and feel once the paint peels making it look like a 70s has-been model, the desire to paint it with "touch up" paint won't be an interest.

mendip_discovery:
Didn't realise you didn't know what I meant by marker. I mean as in permanent marker like you get from the stationers. It wipes off with IPA.

coppercone2:

--- Quote from: bostonman on May 15, 2024, 06:23:59 pm ---
--- Quote ---Mine has no speed control like you mention.  Just the old time governor.  I wonder if that is some sort of fuel saving mode.
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Governor is probably the correct term to use. At rest, it idles low, push it into a pile of snow, and the RPMs ramp up. As a result, I imagine the driving speed would increase too. Edit: Also, since day one, I've always smelled rubber - like the belts are burning.

I changed the friction disc on mine too. it wasn't worn, but had a chunk ripped out. Although it was perfectly fine, as mentioned previously (and others probably agree), the last thing I want to do is have a broken snow blower mid-winter.

Although a few quirks, I'm very happy with mine, until I saw the paint bubbles. I guess rust on a few various areas too was disappointing, but more the paint. The incentive now to keep it clean has dwindled and feel once the paint peels making it look like a 70s has-been model, the desire to paint it with "touch up" paint won't be an interest.

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it could be a spot defect you know like a greasy glove that touched it and smeared some oil in the wrong place too. might not be totally wrong..  there are MANY possibilities with paint going bad. or someone shuffled a part around on the assembly line and it skipped a step on a hectic day. trust me its amazing if you can put together 5 pieces in a factory correctly all the time lol



I recommend getting the spray on paint remover and repainting it. it only sucks if you have to scrub paint. i mean the areosol paint stripper. thats alot of money to throw away because of a skin problem. you can buy a differential probe for that money lol

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