Old Ariens Snow-Thro drive locking up


Old 12-17-08, 02:09 PM
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Old Ariens Snow-Thro drive locking up

Late 60s snowblower, model 10954 I think. Has a friction wheel & drive plate mechanism. Squeeze the clutch, put it in gear, release the clutch and off she goes. No safety features. Just point it in the right direction. Best snowblower ever.

Anyways, the latest problem is with the drive system. More and more frequently, while clearing snow, the unit will stop and the engine will start straining (usually dies if in a higher gear). The clutch is then over extended and very hard to squeeze but it will free the locked up drive system so I can continue. I've had the thing apart and recently replaced some worn axle bushings but I can't figure out what is causing the problem. Seems to only happen when the system is under a load (going uphill or throwing snow). Is there some sort of adjustment that would prevent this?

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Old 12-18-08, 08:32 AM
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could be the bushing on the drive gear and/or the bushings on the sliding fork.

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