Ariens 5HP Snowblower


Old 02-09-08, 11:40 AM
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Ariens 5HP Snowblower

My brother recently gave me a used, 5hp Ariens snowblower. It's a 2-stage blower.

I used it for the first time a few days ago and it was a LOT of work. Turns out, one of the two augers doesn't turn once it hits snow. When I turn the machine off, it will spin but when engaged, it's just like I'm plowing snow and only 1 auger is engaged.

It works, but not very well at all.

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Old 02-09-08, 01:05 PM
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You could have a shear pin out of that side. When you have it shut off, you can spin the auger on the bad side? If so turn it by hand (motor not running - auger drive engaged) and see if the drive shaft out of the gear box is turning. If it isn't you have lost a shear pin. There would be a hole in the drive shaft/auger to put one in.

If the shaft from the gear box is turning when you turn the auger by hand, there is a problem inside the gear box = dismantle to fix.

Hope this helps,

Old 02-09-08, 01:06 PM
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Sounds like you have a broken shear bolt on the auger half thats not turning. I suggest you get Ariens shear bolt and don't just put any old bolt in.

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