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OK Snow Jockies, what is the trick to this thing. I tried using my snow blower on my B110 for the first time and things did'nt go as well as I had expected. I was running at full throttle in first gear, snow chains and weights on the rear. I would get a good flow going but would bog down almost immediately, wheels would turn and I would end up climbing on top of the snow. I can't go any slower so what is the best way to cut through a foot of snow? I ended up putting the blade on and used it but I would really like to get the blower working. Any suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks?
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I found that the higher you adjust the blower from the ground,the more prone the blower was to riding up.As soon as I lowered the cutting edge(@ 1/2" to 3/4") the skid shoes would not ride up onto the remaining snow. You may have to keep a little down pressure on the lift arm,especially if the snow is packed tight or crusted.
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Once I had a pass thru to the end of the drive,I'd take about a 12" bite,the old 9 hp couldn't handle much more, and i wouldn't have to fan the clutch pedal any. We had between 24" and 28" here in central Maryland.That is very uncommon for this area. Check out my blizzard 03 post.
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When you say it's bogging down, what do you mean? Is the snowblower bogging down, or the engine bogging down? You may have to ride the clutch a bit to cut the first, full cut through the snow, to keep from going too fast. After you've made that first cut, though, try taking just a partial cut (maybe 3/4 of the full width of the blower), and see what works. You have to blow deep snow just like you cut tall grass -- the first pass is tough, but once that's done, just find out how big of a cut you can take and the machine will handle OK... then keep doing that.
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