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#1 broken2 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:06 PM

With all the snow some of us have been getting recently I thought this might be a helpful thread.

I was clearing the end of my driveway with my MF12 and 620 snowblower today and had some problems with the chute clogging. They salt the roads heavily here and then the road plows throw it about 15ft into my driveway. The result is a heavy, wet, sticky mess at the end of my driveway that likes to plug me up. I grabbed a can of silicone spray I had on hand and sprayed it heavily. It made a huge difference for a while but didn't last as long as I would like. Does anyone have some ideas/solutions to share?  


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:16 PM

On a dry, clean chute I spray it with PAM cooking spray. No less than every other time.
Steve used paraffin wax on his and has reported good things.
I've heard good things about rain-x too.
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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:18 PM

Spray on Ski wax works also.


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:23 PM

I am thinking about trying a new product I heard about.

From the " introductory video"

This is a new non-caloric silicon-based kitchen lubricant... It creates a surface 500 times more slippery than any cooking oil.
Sorry, watched that movie three times before Christmas, I guess it's stuck in my head.
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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:30 PM

In the Massey snow blower manual it says to "spray with a mist of water"

so it freezes on and makes a slippery surface.

I never tried it.???


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:38 PM

Dad says that the kitchen stuff called "PAM" works real good.


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:46 PM

gentleman i have been using turtle automotive wax with very good results, its fast, water resistant, and i like the fact the applicator sponge is in the tub already and i can use it to spruce up my tractors also, please note that i dont wash or wax my truck ha ha ha!!


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 11:19 PM

I gave my wife a shovel


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 11:56 PM

  Most cases it works well to go fast to keep the blower jammed full.

                                              Mike


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 12:04 AM

There is a product called Slip-Plate, that I use. I also use it on my front end snow blade when I am pushing snow.

 

The main purpose for Slip-Plate was for to make grain slide easier in a box or gravity wagon.

 

The other good thing about it is the color is a darker gray.

If anything did stick the heat from the sun melts it away because of the dark color.

 

It comes in a spray can or by the gallon pail. A spray can will last many coats. It can be found in Runnings, TSC, and other farm stores.


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 06:58 AM

All of the above tips are good ideas.  I try to keep my chute rust free and well painted, have sprayed PAM in there before too.  Some of your problems may be cured by adjusting your ground speed, and the amount of "bite" you take out of the snow you are blowing. I think snow blowing is a self learned task and we all go about it a little different.


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 07:45 AM

Penetrating oil....i spray just a lil on the chute and upward fins each time....jus couple small sprays...I have never had an issue and I have friends that use the same....(that's where I got the idea). Best part is, the supertech brand at walmart is cheaper than PAM cooking spray...lol. good luck
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Posted December 30, 2012 - 07:47 AM

I gave my wife a shovel

 

Tried that once....when I woke up  my head hurt.

 

Try Fluid Film......


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 10:02 AM

  Most cases it works well to go fast to keep the blower jammed full.

                                              Mike

This works if you have the power to pull it. I had a John Deere 726 that I had put a 10 horse Tecumseh on  and that one would move slush. If its plugged I would just load it up some more and it would clear out. I have yet to plug the Honda walk behind in 5 years. The blower on the 5518 tractor I have not used enough to know. Some of these issues are in the design of the blower itself. Slip Plate would be my choice if I found a need. It is actually a graphite product. Makes a good choice for lubing things that need to slide but not gather dirt.


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Posted December 30, 2012 - 12:10 PM

gentleman i have been using turtle automotive wax with very good results, its fast, water resistant, and i like the fact the applicator sponge is in the tub already and i can use it to spruce up my tractors also, please note that i dont wash or wax my truck ha ha ha!!

 

This is what I use also. I tried PAM and it seems to not work well for me. After using the wax I have not had any clogging issues so far, but I have only used the blower a few times since I started using turtle wax.


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