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Will a Snowblower Start with the Auger Engaged?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Jaynen, Jul 4, 2016.

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  1. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    I am considering purchasing a troy bilt 45 inch wide snow blower and i have an odd question. Can the blower start up with the auger engaged? I am wondering if the rope will be hard to pull if the auger is already engaged or if it will have to much load and the choked engine may stall. Anyone try this on a snowblower?
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    It could if you lock the anger handle in place,
    But why in the world would you want to do this
     
  3. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    Its for a project. Have you tried to do this? I dont want to snap the rope and be hard on the starter.
     
  4. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    No never tried it, Pretty sure I would not want to. May I ask you. What kind of project do you have that would require the auger engaged while starting?
     
  5. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    Im not gonna say what the project is. But im trying to keep things simple. I want a blower I can engage from a distance. Fewer wire the better. I dont want to manually engauge it or have an electric pto. Would be nice to just run wires for electric start and choke and on off switch.
     
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
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    Why not find a model with an electric starter?

    still if there is to much load on the auger it may not work.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Mmmmmmm I'll just address the elephant in the room.

    HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE SAFETY EFFECT?

    Dude seriously, you want to semi permanently keep the anger engaged?
    You eat paint chips lately?
    Just don't do it.
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    SS, I was about to say the same thing.

    It's kind of like putting a remote start and a stick and hoping you left it in netual.
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Hey now,,,,,ummm I have remote start.
    But the parking brake will stall it out
     
  10. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    The starter would be under enough stress turning the cold motor over. The starter is not designed to turn the auger over, Good way to be replacing shear pins all so this would be not safe to me.

    I can understand trying to keep it simple, Do it right you will be glad you did. Would you want the starter on a pickup running your truck to the gas station if you were out of gas. Starters are not that cheap.

    If the pull cord did hold up you would have to be strong as a mule to pull it over. Maybe I don't understand what your trying to do. Good Luck
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    I believe he's trying to do a remote control s.b. Like a helicopter
     
  12. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    :laughing::laughing::laughing:
     
  13. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    I thought about the safety aspect. Disengaging the auger and killing the engine are only out by a few seconds. Seconds I realize that could make a difference. Seems like the consensus is that the load will be to much.

    But has anyone here actually tried it?
     
  14. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
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    Bro, I stated in my upper post no, There is no logical reason to. Not to mention common sense. Please just forget about it. Your going to damage something or possibly hurt somebody.
     
  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
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    This crowd :laughing::laughing:is worried about safety.
     
  16. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    Well obviously there is a logical reason. I save money on gas by only running the blower when I need it. Dont have to refuel it as often. I would be much quiter. Less cables and wires that could cause problems.
     
  17. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
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    Safety is definitely a factor. But lets face it most equipment in this industry its not perfectly safe.
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    Difference is, is that you're a professional
     
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    Difference is, is that you're a professional
     
  20. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    Probably wouldn't be good for the crank shalf, but it would probably start. What happens if there is a loose rock or something in the auger?

    I see what you're trying to do, but it's stupid and dangerous.
     
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