I've got a 10 year old Toro, 5hp, two stage snowthrower and the auger has
stopped working. Fortunately it happened when I was almost done with the
driveway. If I engage the auger, neither blade turns but the engine lets
out a loud squeal and will die it I leave it engaged for more than a second
or two. Obviously, the belt must be trying to turn since the engine lugs
down. I visually inspected the auger and nothing seems to be jammed in
either blade. Any ideas? I replaced the belt two years ago.
Shut motor off. Try to turn auger by hand (or by wooden prybar). My
telepsychic Chia Pet tells me that you have got a very large expense in your
near future. Either that or you ran over a stick, and got the auger caught.
Oh, hang on.
Had to chase away that awful little voice in my head. Kept telling me that
you have a stick caught in the auger. That Chia Pet keeps lying to me. I
shoulda got a Chia Head instead. Head. Instead. Red. I'll quit now.
Christopher A. Young
Jesus: The Reason for the Season
Exactly the same thing happened to my 5hp MTD. I put a long pry bar
against the auger and gently worked it back and forth until I got it
to turn about 3/4 turn. I then tried running it again. I got lucky.
The auger abruptly started running and two small stones shot out the
chute (bounced all over the garage). They were jammed behind the auger
and my prying loosened them. Don't know if this is your problem or if
you will have my good luck but it's worth trying. Don't force the
auger too much, though.
My Father had this happen to his MTD.
I found out that he had a stone jammed in the Impeller (just behind the auger
I just turned the impeller blade backwards and the stone fell out. The belt had
to be replaced since he tried to use the engine to get the auger to spin.
Just my 2 cents...
Thanks for the advice so far and I'm making progress.
Using a piece of wood and hammer I got the impeller to turn but the auger
still won't budge. I'm afraid to use too much force because won't I just
break the sheer-pins or should I just get a bigger pry bar? Part of the
problem is it's been below zero for a week straight and I'm sick so I had to
limit my time screwing with the thing.
Just to recap: still having the same problem. When I engage the auger drive
it bogs down the engine and will die if I keep it engaged for more than a
second or two.
Just wanted to say thanks for the advice, my Toro is working again, just in
time for another snowstorm expected tonight. Apparently, I had a double
whammy. Not only was something jammed in the impeller but the auger also
froze. We've had a bit of a warm-up so I got out there with my trusty
Milwaukee heat gun and after ten minutes the auger loosened up. Bring on
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