Location: Northern Hills of NY
Joined: Aug 25, 2005
Ariens 7524E impeller kit install Original Message Dec 31, 2010 2:49 am
Bought this new in '05 and always felt I'm not getting enough throw especially with very heavy wet snow. Slush would barely fly and was more like a slush pump. Belts checked out OK so, I made my own impeller kit. The rubber is conveyor belt material and all hardware is stainless steel. I'm on my second year with great results so far. Recently I blew heavy snow and measured 33 feet. Slush comes out at a very good clip but not quite the 33 feet like snow. EOD was never a problem but now I can put it where I want. Below are pictures of my install.
This message was modified Dec 31, 2010 by hirschallan
Great job, and good photos. For blowing wet snow, slushy wet snow or just plain slush. There is nothing that will improve the throw or just the ability to get it out of the chute. Like having a close tolerance between the impeller blades and the housing. It's also easier on the engine. It doesn't matter how big an engine the blower has. If the pump isn't efficient your just wasting power and getting nothing done. Only a percentage of what your taking in is being thrown out on the first pass.
Are those 1/4" bolts" you used ?
This message was modified Dec 31, 2010 by jrtrebor
That was quite a gap between the impeller and impeller housing. My simplicity is much tighter than that with stock impeller. I'm thinking that down the road if and when the impeller components start to wear and the gap increases, I might do something similar. Not sure that I'd go with actual rubber to housing contact. That might create a bit of unnecessary resistance. I'd leave just a slight bit of clearance between the two surfaces.
What did you make the brackets out of? I've got some 1/16' stainless plate that I could cut and drill to make the brackets.