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#1 ol' stonebreaker OFFLINE  

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Posted December 25, 2015 - 03:00 PM

  I was blowing some dry snow one morning w/ my walk behind before it got full daylight and noticed sparks jumping from the chute to the rotator bracket. After some thought it occurred  to me there is a plastic chute between the blower housing and the metal rotating chute. The dry snow builds a charge going thru the plastic and transfers to the metal. The metal chute must be insulated from the rest of the machine and when it's in a certain position I can see the sparks jumping to the rotator bracket. I thought for awhile there maybe I needed another cup or two of joe until I figured it out!! Wish I could get a pic but I was only issued two hands at birth.

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    Edit: Yeah, I know, w/o pics it didn't happen!!


Edited by ol' stonebreaker, December 25, 2015 - 03:42 PM.

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Posted December 25, 2015 - 03:28 PM

Neat, would have been a sight to see.


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Posted December 25, 2015 - 03:50 PM

Get a GOPRO. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted December 25, 2015 - 03:58 PM

UH HUH! Snow and Sparks! Sure! We all believe that! And what were you drinking before this? :bigrofl:


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Posted December 25, 2015 - 04:39 PM

UH HUH! Snow and Sparks! Sure! We all believe that! And what were you drinking before this? :bigrofl:

   I wish I still drank. That way I'd be too embarrassed to post about it thinking I had the DT's, LOL!!

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Posted December 25, 2015 - 07:44 PM

  Update: well, we went out in the dusk and tried it on the snowbank along the street. I saw a couple of sparks but then no more. I guess it has to be fresh fallen snow or something. If that's the case maybe it's "latent lightning", LOL!!  SOOOOO, w/ no pics I guess it just didn't happen!!

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 05:20 AM

What about that grinding Noise?



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Posted December 26, 2015 - 10:49 AM

What about that grinding Noise?

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 07:19 PM

Dry snow will generate static sparks, so will bits of sand.
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Posted December 26, 2015 - 11:37 PM

I believe it.  Some of those areas in the rockys get less moisture in a year than most of us get in a month. Yet get tons of Powder snow.

I can see the snow getting a static charge in a plastic chute.

 

Incidently a sandblaster will do the same. if the nozzle is held close it will glow on the metal as a blue dot.


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