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Is my blower going out?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by The_Duk, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. The_Duk

    The_Duk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I've got a 97 walker with about 1100 hours on it, and i just doesn't pick up the grass like it used to... it is cutting ok, it just leaves trails of grass and doesn't fill up the catcher very often.... i checked and everything is clear of cloggs and the blower is blowing, but it's just not doing the job... help on this one please!!!! are my blades bad? i sharpen them regularly...
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    If you don't have any lucky here you can give a Walker dealer a call. They might be able to diagnose your problem over the phone, or at the very least give you a few ideas to try to get it back up to speed. 1100 hours really isn't that many especially for a walker. Good Luck with it.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    blower belt slipping? or maybe the blades are worn and its not getting that real good suction.. hole rusted out somwere.....
  4. ericg

    ericg LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,792

    Your blower belt idler pulley or idler pulley spring could be worn causing not enough tension on the blower drive belt. This would cause low blower speed and the lack of picking up grass in the hopper. Move the blower idler pulley and see if it turns free or has too much play. Check for good spring return once you push down on the idler pulley spring and let go.

  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,464

    Is the shear pin in the driveshaft broke?
  6. The_Duk

    The_Duk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    found out that the blades were spinning backwards.. previous owner put the gearbox back together wrong... works like a champ now.... thanks..
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    Glad you found out what it was, and glad it wasn't an expensive fix!
  8. farmboy52787

    farmboy52787 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    how was it cutting ok if the blades were spinning backwards?

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