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Snow thrower not throwing as far?

Q: I have a Toro snow blower that has started on the first pull every time for 10 years. However, it does not seem to throw the snow as far as it used to. Is there some type of routine maintenance that should be done to improve performance?

A: There are a couple of things to check to resolve this issue:

  • Check the wear on the paddles. Toro snow blowers have a wear mark on the paddles (it is a small pinhole). If it’s worn past that mark, it’s time to replace the paddles. The gap on the paddles and the auger housing should be very tight. If the gap is not tight, the snow blower won’t pick up as much snow and throw it as far.
  • Check the wear on the scraper bar. The scraper bar on the bottom of the housing serves as a protection for the housing and will also aid in picking up the snow.
  • Also check the belt wear and tension. Depending on the model of Toro snow blower, there may be a cable that connects to the auger engagement handle. This handle might have different positions for the cable to connect to, thus making the cable and belt tension tighter. You can also remove the side plate of the snow blower to access the belt and check for tension and wear.

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