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Old 12-02-2004, 10:19 AM   #1
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I bought a 1976 5/24 model Toro 2 stage snow thrower this past summer from an old man. It'* in great condition and runs very strong (one of those solid steel jobs). Has a 5 HP Tecumseh engine.

The issue I'm having is that the discharge chute clogs VERY easily. I can only go about 5' before I have to unclog it (disengaging the auger and picking at it with a big screwdriver). It'* annoying and very inefficient. The auger spins nicely and when I'm not moving snow I get a nice, strong blowing feeling from the discharge (I guess that would be stage 2). Anyone have any ideas on how to NOT make it clog?
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how thick is the snow, and how fast are you going?

really stupid suggestion....WD40 the chamber?? LOL
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how thick is the snow, and how fast are you going?

really stupid suggestion....WD40 the chamber?? LOL
The snow is farily heavy (wet), but still...a 2 stage should go right through it. I was using speeds 1 and 2 (out of 3). Neither speeds seemed to make a difference, nor did only doing a 2-3" width of snow...that only prolonged the usage before it clogged.

I have heard of cooking spray or something that can make them flow better....can anyone confirm that?!?!?
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you can by going and doing it right now and telling us if it worked
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Make sure you have a new and properly adjusted auger drive belt[main culprit],......a loose belt will cause the auger to slow down when normal amounts(5-10-15") of snow is trying to be cleared.Five HP snowthrowers are on the low end of the 2-stage snowthrower scale(had one for 10 years before I ditched it for a 9HP),they don't work real well in the wet/heavy stuff,(they Are fairly adequate,and they SURE beat shoveling) ....also,you will need to use the slowest/lowest forward speed gear,when trying to move the wet stuff.,.....don't worry about coating/lubricating any parts of the drive housing or chute,doubt if that would help things one ounce.....
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Actually lubing the chute CAN help, but WD-40 ain't gonna do jack.
Best thing to try is ski wax.
My Dad had the same problem, cleared it right up, clogs about half as much as it used to.
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i have a 8hp that does it every now and then
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I'm going to pull the belt off tomorrow and buy a fresh one...and make sure it'* tightened properly. I'll then put some ski wax on the chute. That'* as good as it'* gonna get!

Thanks for the tips!!
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