Today, I’m sharing a tale that’s a bit more embarrassing than usual, and it’s not just because of the snow.
Picture this: another beautiful winter day, but we have been slammed with snow so it is a perfect for building something with snow with my young kids. Armed with dreams of an icy snow ramp, I fire up my trusty snowblower and set out to conquer the snowy landscape.
But as it turns out, my snowblower had other plans. Spoiler alert: it decided to take an unexpected ‘snow day’ of its own.
So, grab a cup of hot cocoa and join me as I recount the frosty fiasco of how I managed to turn a simple snow project into a comedy of errors – and, of course, some unexpected DIY lessons learned along the way!
We’ve been having a brutal winter with lots of heavy snow so I figured I’d make some lemonade out of lemons by building a monstrous, 6 feet high snow tubing slope with 45 ft of runway for my kids.
Well, I was successful but at the cost of breaking my John Deere 1330 Snowthrower.
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While piling up the snow, I apparently neglected to see a large rock and my snowblower decided to chew on it. Of course my snowblower lost, ending up with a bent rotor fin on my high-speed impeller.
- tried to bend it back by hitting it with a hammer but I had an awkward angle so it did not work;
- tried using my propane torch, thinking I can soften up the steel enough to bend it back the propane just could not make the steel hot enough;
With another snow storm approaching, I made a quick run to Home Depot and picked up a pseudo-acetylene torch kit as a last desperate attempt at fixing the bent impeller.
After spending 15 minutes to heat up the impeller fin (it was 10 below at the time), I was finally able to (somewhat) bend it back into original shape.
|Periodically stop while heating to see if you can bend the steel. The steel should be malleable when you start to see red flicks. DO NOT overheat the steel!|
Although I ended up ruining the inside paint job (see the after-repair fin), I had my blower back (albeit with slight vibrations and the impeller belt jumping off, stopping the blower every 20 minutes or so).
When the snow season is over, I would like to take the 1330se apart and:
- see if I can balance the impeller to make the vibration go away. Otherwise, I may have to replace it
- make sure the impeller shaft is not bent
- replace the shaft bearing since it probably got damaged
I will post a follow up article when I get it done.