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Old 11-25-2013, 08:07 PM
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HELP leaf Loader down! Impeller?

Hey Guys...

Tonight the one of the leaf loaders went down..
I've never replaced the/a impeller (its maybe 5 years old... Maybe more?)
But it was sucking fine, then all a sudden it just stopped sucking. We shook the hose, thinking it was clogged- but it wasn't. Took the chute off and theres nothing in there! Is it the impeller? Am I missing something? Hoping this has happened to someone else before... I'm dropping it off in the morning but it'd be nice to know ahead of time, if possible.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:31 PM
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It could be the impeller. I would pull the hose off and look inside and inspect it for damage. If it is damaged the hard part is getting it off the shaft. Since your taking it somewhere I'm sure they have a jaw puller or something to get it off with.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:35 PM
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The hardest part is getting the part quick enough. Make sure they overnight the part otherwise you might be waiting till next week for it.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:00 PM
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OMG what to do Do what we did before sucking machines came along...mulch them up. Oh by the way we don't use any sucking machine.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:09 PM
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OMG what to do Do what we did before sucking machines came along...mulch them up. Oh by the way we don't use any sucking machine.
Lol funny guy! Not worried about that! I know we're going to have to just dump them in the truck now but anyways....

The dealer says the shroud could be bent... The part is 200 bucks and takes 3 hours to fix/replace. But obviously they won't know until we bring it in..
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:34 PM
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If it just "quit sucking" and the engine was still running, you may have sheared the key between the crankshaft and the impeller. Not a big deal to fix...
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:28 PM
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If it just "quit sucking" and the engine was still running, you may have sheared the key between the crankshaft and the impeller. Not a big deal to fix...
If the key sheared, there must have been a big bang of something hard to shear it. Maybe the nut came loose for some reason that holds the impeller on. There should of been some wicked vibrations if that is the case.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:05 PM
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I'm hoping you checked the exhaust of the vac. Just covering the things that would cause the loss of suction.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:09 PM
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If it just "quit sucking" and the engine was still running, you may have sheared the key between the crankshaft and the impeller. Not a big deal to fix...
thats my thought. If you screwed up the impeller you would know it. The whole thing would go off balanced and might screw more up.
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:50 AM
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Guys..... We're SOOOO Embarrassed.. I'm sure the whole service dept. laughed at us...

Anyway, the hose was clogged. In our defense, it was dark As $&%* and the clog was about away from the end of the hose right before it hit the impeller!
On the bright-side, they did say that they had never seen a leaf loader suck as well as mine.. even the new ones! This ones actually 10 years old.
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