I just called the dealer where I bought my Arien's Sno-Tek. He said
that once you get above the 7HP range and units in the Arien's Deluxe
quality range, you start seeing machines with throttle controls. Not
all of the bigger machines have throttle controls, but they are
Hard to say which pin-shearing "homeowner-grade snowblowers" boot-guy
is talking about, but regardless, I'm not sticking any body part,
clothed or unclothed, into a moving auger. In fact, I'm not purposely
sticking *anything* into a moving auger, especiallly not to prove a
And it had the proper shear pin installed? and the auger was not
siezed to the shaft??? I hit a frozen wrapped newspaper with my old
canadiana 5/26 and took out a shear pin., and I could blow the frozen
snow plough ridges without breaking shear pins.
I like the shear pins on my new Yamaha - they are 1/4"X1/2" bolts that
fasten a tab on the shaft to a tab on the auger. Real easy to change
On Feb 12, 9:28 pm, email@example.com wrote:
t of my
engine going full bore, you're gonna get hurt.
nowblowers with the toe of your boot.
Dunno what was in there. That was a basket case that I rescued.
Now _that_ makes a lot of sense! That shear pin behind the impellor
is almost impossibel to get a drift punch on to reove the remains
(mine was a rusted off roll pin). I bought a new and much bigger
blower when that happened rather than the fight it would take to get
at the thing...and I wanted a nic toy anyow :)
The worst I ever did was suck up a vinyl coated steel dog cable. As soon as
I saw it pulled up out of the snow I released the auger lever.
The cable tangled itself up in the auger but I was able to thread through
in the reverse direction to get it out.
The cable was attached to a tie down so I was lucky I stopped the auger
before the cable got really taut.
ordered a new set and told me to repair it! I have his job now.
Was a double door slider, stake driven in at the midpoint to keep the
doors against the building. Of course it was driven in at a bit of
On Feb 11, 4:44 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
oing full bore, you're gonna get hurt.
Perhaps it's time to review what you wrote:
" and if it's running full-bore, it will shear a pin long before your
assistant gets hurt. "
Which of course is nuts. You don't have to shove your
whole arm in to get seriously injured. But you would
have to have a significant portion of some part of your
body in the machine to cause a shear pin to break.
Small branches, for example, routinely get snapped and
spit out without breaking the pin. Is say a wrist that much
tougher that it's going to shear the pin without injury? And
by the time the shear pin did break, I'd say the odds are
you would already be seriously injured. The shear pin
is there to save the
machine from damage if it picks up something solid
that jams the mechanism. Yeah, it MIGHT prevent
a total amputation and turn it into just a serious injury,
but it sure isn't going to prevent you from getting
seriously hurt. The serious accident stats cited prove that.
On Feb 11, 8:41 am, email@example.com wrote:
ormal person has enough reach to be able to lean around and look in the fro
nt. chute and see the impeller.
That wouild be one looonnnggg stretch for a normal person. An
Orangutan micht beable to do it.
Added to that, it wouild accomplish nothing as, unless it has snow on
it, it will turn normally just from the friction. Needs a load before
it stops turning.
Same problem, it it isn't trying to blow snow you would see it
<snip weak attempt at humor>
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