Ice frozen impeller

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Old 12-19-07, 11:57 AM
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Ice frozen impeller

My impeller froze up after the last snow,rain,sleet storm.
The issue is that i store the machine outside under a tarp
so its cold all the time and never gets a chance to thaw.
Any suggestions other than a heat gun to melt the accumulated ice?
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Old 12-19-07, 12:28 PM
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I suggest taking the tarp off it and putting in the driveway in the sun. A paved driveway works better as the sun will heat the blacktop & absorb the heat. But your problem now is no sun and snow coming tonight. Get the heat gun out.
I always brush off the snow with a broom and run the auger a couple of minutes to throw off any snow/slush/water left there.
I store mine in a semi-heated (50*) garage.
 
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Old 12-19-07, 03:22 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I freed it up a heat gun this afternoon.
This the 3rd time i have used this new blower and the first freeze up of the impeller. Hope its a fluke because of the recent Storms here
 
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Heat

Use Hot water
Its fast and easy.

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Old 12-20-07, 05:45 AM
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Good suggestion. I'll keep that in mind.
 
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Old 12-24-07, 07:56 PM
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I've never seen an impeller freeze before and I live in Maine may as well say the North Pole, it must be a fluke.
 
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Old 12-25-07, 05:02 PM
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I have neighbors who have no trouble either. Iv'e run the impeller and cleaned out the auger, impeller and bucket housing. The best method iv'e found is aj-allen's suggestion of hot water.
 
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Old 12-25-07, 09:46 PM
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When you're done using the machine, if you let the impeller run for a couple mins without blowing snow, It'll clear out anything left in the collector & it'll be free & clear next time!!
 
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Old 12-26-07, 11:24 AM
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I have neighbors who have no trouble either. Iv'e run the impeller and cleaned out the auger, impeller and bucket housing. The best method iv'e found is aj-allen's suggestion of hot water.
It's not a serious problem obviously but it's intriguing. I figure a snowblower's engine is powerful enough to break the impeller free of ice unless a belt is slipping, maybe that's the cause?
 
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Old 12-26-07, 11:40 AM
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I would agree if this machine was older,but its brand new.
throws snow real well and no squealing sounds when engaging the auger/impeller... I suspect its "**** pit" error on my part. Will run the attachment (auger/impeller) longer next time. No big deal
 
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Old 12-27-07, 04:25 AM
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Even if the impeller housing has drain hole(s) on the bottom side of such, I recommend setting the tires up slightly so that any snow accululation that turns to water has a chance to drain out by gravity before it has a chance to freeze. 4X4 or 6X6 lengths of treated lumber under the tires works well to prop up the rear of the unit.
 
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Old 12-27-07, 06:05 AM
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Good suggestion. Thanks
 
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Old 12-27-07, 09:55 AM
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If I was facing using a shovel because the blower was frozen, that machine would be in my kitchen thawing out.
 
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