I have a lovely 5hp/22” Craftsman snowblower. I have no idea how old it is—I bought it last year for $175 from a guy who fixes snowblowers (he wanted $300).
The engine works great. All drive gears work great. The propeller that blows snow works great. But the augers stopped working!
And they didn’t suddenly stop working; it was a gradual process:
First, the lever that engages the augers started getting more and more difficult to push down. It’s at the point where it takes both hands and all my upper body weight to push the lever down. It also stays down on its own and I lift the back of the blower up while trying to lift the lever to disengaged the augers.
Then, whenever I would engage the augers, I would hear a very brief "screeeh" sound, like when you try to start a car that is already running.
Then, only half of the auger stopped working, while the other half would still work.
Lastly, the augers will still turn if I tip the blower back so they are freely in the air, but as soon as they have resistance even as light as fluffy snow, they stop spinning again.
I hate to sound like a whiner, but I need to get it fixed, and DIMyself. I tried to shovel and after 30 feet of narrow sidewalk, my bad back hurt so bad I can’t walk and it’s been 24 hours. Poor me!
Any direction to point me to fix this? I assume it’s some tiny gear in some obvious spot…or something…thanks in advance!