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Scott Salmons

Bent fan blade

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Scott Salmons
I was vacuuming leaves this afternoon and wham must have caught a rock, blower started shaking severely. I shut everything down and removed the hose thinking that somehow I had a stick wedged in the housing, not so lucky nothing there then I noticed one of the blades was bent about 30 degrees, must have been enough to really throw the fan out of balance. I am going to try to straighten it. Anybody had to do this? I do have a spare blower to use for part but still want to try to save the original.

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Yes I did this. I first went to the dealer to ask about how to disassemble the blower to do it the right way and the mechanic just had me hold the assembly while he bent back the blade by reaching inside. It was never perfect after that, vibrated but not too bad. That was about 4-5 years ago. Last week that blade just broke off for no apparent reason (probably metal fatigue). I priced a replacement fan and it was $96 and bearings were about $8 each. I bought another 5216, $150, just for the blower, and of course a parts tractor. Problem is the parts tractor runs better than mine in a lot of ways.

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