Yuppers......shovel or push the first two wet snows and use a snowthrower from then on.
Wax, silicone or veggie spray on chute so it wont stick. Works on snow blade too. Veggie spray seems to lose its effectiveness in a short time, at least to me. Thats why I like silicone lube. It seems to last longer.
Polish, wax and spray. I've had good results with WD40. Spray it on when it is dry. You can also let the machine sit out in the cold for a little while before using it. If it's been in a warm garage the snow melts faster in the chute and tends to clog faster.
I have one of each. My Cub blower is two stage and is GREAT at throwing snow. Better with silicone spray on the plastic chute too. I dont even bother with my one stage on the Wheelhorse. The chute is so rusty right now, it wouldnt matter what I sparayed on it much.
I am wondering if some rubberized undercoating spray on the underside of the chute might work to cover some of the rust in the chute and make it a little slicker.
I don't think the undercoating would be slick enough. Perhaps if you sanded the rust as best you can, then use Rustoleum paint followed by a coat of polish/wax it might help the snow flow through easier. :dunno:
as an FYI - the reason the silicone works best or should work best, a) it's got a wider temp range, so viscosity doesn't change as radically as petroleum oils, b) it doesn't float off in water, but sinks and likes to cling to substrates
i use silicone in a product here - this was also from that retired DOW Chem lab chief
in fact, an interesting tidbit for those old enough to remember the old Brylcream "a little dab will do you" hair cream advertisements - silicone does not dry out, and is totally non-toxic - it was the "secret" ingredient in Brylcream (not sure i'm spelling Brylcream correct, but fwiw)
Just finished up restoring a 40yr old Simplicity single stage blower.Not wanting to mess up the new paint job,I covered the inside of the chute area with some .030" Lexan.Have no idea how it will work,but it definitely will protect the paint.Can't see it that well in the pic but here goes.
i'm not so sure about the 2 stage working better,I think maybe it only works better onn dry snow.The single just needs some speed adjustment -"keep it full".but don't choke it. single stage is much more direct flow thru than 2 stage.I have used 2 stage walkbehinds and a 1 stage drive behind. I'll take the single anyday,no second fan or extra, minimum 180 degree turn for the snow to go thru on it's way out thru the chute.If it does choke i would think its easier to clear out. Just saying, It could just be I don't like walking behind a snowthrower-Rather sit and drive
yep. go out early, or wait and go out late.. With my old snowblower ( 1972 Gilson/ Montgomery Ward 470C 8/26" "dual stage" ). It would blow wetter snow at 6 AM without clogging. it starts to clog as the sun comes up.. dry snow it will blow regardless, but it does perform better in the early morning or night.. Ither 2 stage or single stage, keep them as full as they will run