The 924108 has an auger speed of 110 RPM and impeller 1100 RPM. These days I believe Ariens machines are running at 130 RPM and 1300 RPM. Your machine is about 10 years old and won’t perform distance wise to the level of newer machines. It’s an excellent machine but the newer machines are designed differently and not necessarily better in all aspects because they can toss further than older machines.
Your model has serrated auger tips which are better for chewing than collecting wet slush.
The 924108 is distance rated for 5-45 feet. For decent conditions of eastern Massachusetts I would think it would toss around 30 feet. That 5 foot figure is interesting. The Ariens company is saying in their specifications that in some circumstances their machine will only toss 5 feet. What conditions were they thinking about for dribbling out 5 feet?
When people mention slush and problems or phenomenal performance it’s impossible to really get an idea unless you are there and can see just what conditions are. There is great variation in the terms “wet” and “slushy” conditions. Most of those descriptions do not list the specific model machine. Unless you know the conditions and model in a boast or complaint the description is too vague to understand.
Someone with the same machine as yours could brag about tossing vary far on a storm where your machine did not do well. Maybe he was out there in the morning right after an overnight storm and you cleared late afternoon after the sun hit the know for several hours. Those are very different conditions.
>>When I go into slushy stuff all It does is vomit out of my shoot 3 inches.
Some conditions are just too tough to toss. For some conditions barfing out wet snow is indicative of a healthy machine in that it did not clog and had enough power to keep pumping out cylinders of heavily compacted almost ice that do not break when they hit the ground. Throwing just a few feet in some conditions is fine.
>>I also see some folks using there snowblower as as pump throwing water from the house.
If working 3-5 inches of water it would be enough to “wave action” water up to the impeller. Less water would probably be much tougher and collecting watery slush even harder.
Your machine is about 10 years old and used in Maryland. This year was tough but on year to year average you don’t get a lot of snow compared to Mass. The snow you get is probably a bit tougher to toss than here. With proper use and maintenance over the years your machine should have excellent compression and do very well.
>>What can I do to improve performance.
You could check your belts for slipping.
You could pickup a leak-down tester from Harbor Freight for $30 and see just how healthy your engine is. A leak-down test is easy to perform and will give you excellent feedback you can’t get from a compression test. Sometimes just a valve job is enough to turn a wimp into a tiger.
"Slush" is a general term. In general very few snowblowers past and present will toss "slush".
This message was modified Aug 22, 2010 by trouts2