HELP leaf Loader down! Impeller?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by lazor-cut, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    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.
  2. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    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.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    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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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,369

    OMG what to do:confused: Do what we did before sucking machines came along...mulch them up. Oh by the way we don't use any sucking machine.
  5. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    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..
  6. Michdeere

    Michdeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    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...
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    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.
  8. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,122

    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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  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    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.
  10. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    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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