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1800 Power Curve - Electric

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How do I obtain a replacement Owner's Manual or Parts Manual?

To request or download a replacement Owner's Manual or Parts Manual, you will need the model and serial number of your machine. the model, serial plate us found on the frame near the left wheel.

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Where do I find the model and serial number?

The model and serial number location is listed in your owner's manual or on your machine. For possible locations of the model and serial number information visit the model and serial help and select snowthrowers.

See Also: Advanced Search - Do not have an Owner's Manual or not near your machine?  Try using our Advanced Search feature to help determine your model number.

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How do I maintain the piston and cylinder in my 2-cycle or 4-cycle engine for off season storage?

4-Cycle Engines (Oil and Gas Separate):

  • Remove spark plug and add about one tablespoon of oil through spark plug hole.
  • Slowly rotate engine several times using starter rope or key starter to distribute oil.
  • Reinstall spark plug, but do not connect spark plug wire.

2-Cycle Engines (Oil and Gas Mixture):

  • Slowly pull recoil starter until resistance is felt due to compression pressure, then stop.
  • Release starter tension slowly to prevent engine from reversing due to compression pressure. This position closes both the intake and exhaust ports to prevent outside air entry, which can result in corrosion of the cylinder bore.

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How do I prepare my snowthrower for storage?

Below is a quick checklist of things to do for your Toro snowthrower so it will continue to work well for years to come!

Note: See your Operator's Manual  for complete details on how to perform any of the following maintenance items.

Fuel System Preparation

  • Remove old fuel. Add fuel stabilizer/conditioner to the fuel container.
  • Run engine for five minutes to distribute the new conditioned fuel through fuel system.
  • Stop engine, allow it to cool, and drain fuel tank or run engine until it stops.
  • Restart the engine again and allow it to run until it stops.
  • Either choke or prime the engine, restart it a third time and allow it to run until it stops.
  • Continue to attempt to restart the engine until it will no longer start. if present, unscrew the screw on the side of the carburetor.

Cylinder Care

It is important to maintain your 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines by taking care of your cylinder.

4-Cycle Engines (Oil and Gas Separate):

  • Remove spark plug and add about one teaspoon of oil through spark plug hole.
  • Slowly rotate engine several times using starter rope or key starter to distribute oil.
  • Reinstall spark plug, but do not connect spark plug wire.

2-Cycle Engines (Oil and Gas Separate):

  • Slowly pull recoil starter until resistance is felt due to compression pressure, then stop.
  • Release starter tension slowly to prevent engine from reversing due to compression pressure. This position closes both the intake and exhaust ports to prevent outside air entry, which can result in corrosion of the cylinder bore.

Miscellaneous

Lubricate/grease the machine per the Operator's Manual. Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces. Replace Damaged or Worn Parts.

Single Stage

Inspect paddles and scrapers for wear. If the machine does not self-propel these parts are most likely worn and due for replacement. Look for the wear mark on the paddle(s)

2-Stage

Inspect belts and replace if frayed or cracked. Check adjustment of skid shoes; replace if worn out. Lubricate machine per the operator's manual.

All Snowthrowers:

Tighten screws, bolts and nuts as needed. Repair or replace damaged parts. Clean it thoroughly.

Storage

Allow engine to cool for an hour, out of the reach of children. Cover machine and store in a clean, dry location.

Please Note: Never store machine in house (living area) or basement where ignition sources may be present such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer and the like because gasoline and fumes are highly flammable, explosive and dangerous if inhaled.

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How do I properly add fuel stabilizer to my engine before I store it?
  • Remove old fuel. Add fuel stabilizer/conditioner to the fuel container.
  • Run engine for five minutes to distribute new conditioned fuel through fuel system.
  • Stop engine, allow it to cool, and drain fuel tank or run engine until it stops.
  • Restart the engine again and allow it to run until it stops.
  • Either choke or prime the engine, restart it a third time and allow it to run until it stops.
  • Continue to attempt to restart the engine until it will no longer start.

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How can I prevent the snow from clogging up the snowthrower?

**  Caution:  If you leave the wire on the spark plug, someone could accidentally start the engine and seriously injure you or other bystanders.

 

Disconnect the wire from the spark plug before you do any maintenance.  Set the wires aside so that it does not accidentally contact the spark plug.  **

If the auger area gets clogged consult your Owner's Manual for the detailed cleaning procedures.  Never put your hands in the auger area.  Use a stick to clear out the snow.

  •  Paint any bare surfaces.  This will prevent rust and keep the surface smooth.
  • If machine was stored in area warmer than the outdoor temperature, allow the snowthrower to cool down for 20 to 30 minutes outdoors.
  • Verify that the snowthrower is being run at full throttle.
  • If snow is extremely wet and heavy, take less than a full pass at a time.

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How do I prepare my snowthrower for winter?

Now is a great time to take your machine to a local dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs. Once snow falls their shop will be extremely busy and they will most likely have long delays. To locate an Authorized Service Dealer near you click here.

If you would like an operator's manual and/or parts list, they can be downloaded for no charge from the Solution Center under the  Product Center tab. 

If you're planning to do your own maintenance, or just want to see what we recommend, please follow these tips which will help ensure you snowthrower is ready for winter. Please see your operator's manual for further details on performing any of the maintenance mentioned.

  • Fresh fuel (less than 30 days old). Gasoline starts deteriorating over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Old fuel can leave harmful deposits in you product's fuel system.
  • Today's gasoline does not have the same chemical make up as years ago. Testing has shown that significant deterioration can begin in as little as 30 days. The first sign of old gas is it makes starting more difficult. This is because the most volatile components of the fuel are the first to deteriorate and the ones that help an engine start easily.
  • Fuel Stabilizer:
  • Fuel stabilizer is designed to help keep the fuel fresher longer. It has to be added the day the fuel is purchased otherwise it will not do the job. It will not make old fuel fresh again. (Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions of the Stabilizer for the amount and how to add to the fuel)

     

  • For information regarding Toro Premium Fuel Treatment, click here:
  • It's also a good idea to wait until the cool fall weather season arrives before purchasing gasoline for your machine. Gasoline is re-blended to suit the season, and although the difference isn't as great as it once was, winter grade fuel will make cold weather starts easier.
  • Starting will be easier if the spark plug is in good condition. If in doubt, replace it. A new spark plug will be able to better ignite the fuel air mixture within the engine. You should also make sure the spark plug wire securely attaches to the spark plug.
  • If you have a 4-cycle model (fuel and oil are separate) and didn't change the oil last spring, now is the time. Even if you only run the machine a few hours a year, the oil should be changed. Oil in a small engine does not break down very fast; however, it does become contaminated. Moisture from the air and small amounts of combustion byproducts (exhaust) will build up in the oil within a very short time. This contamination will result in increased wear and can even eat away at internal parts over time. Following the recommended schedule for your machine can help prevent expensive repairs.
  • Review the starting procedures outlined in the operator's manual including the proper operation of the safety features on your machine. 

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Why is the snow being discharged poorly from the snowthrower?

**  Caution:  If you leave the wire on the spark plug, someone could accidentally start the engine and seriously injure you or other bystanders.

 

Disconnect the wire from the spark plug before you do any maintenance.  Set the wires aside so that it does not accidentally contact the spark plug.  **

  • Make sure the snowthrower is running at Full Throttle.
  •  Have an Authorized Service Dealer check the RPM's on the snowthrower.
  • Verify that all the belts are adjusted properly.  For further details consult your Owner's Manual.
  • In extremely heavy and wet snow conditions, take a smaller pass or wait until the temperature and snow conditions change.

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What type of fuel do I use in my machine?

Click here to visit our Fuel Facts page

Type of Fuel:

Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 ((R+M)/2 rating method) is the recommended fuel grade for all gasoline engines in Toro products. Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) by volume is acceptable. Only purchase what you expect to use within 30 days, or add stabilizer. Fuel stabilizer is available from most Toro dealers.

Ethanol Fuel: Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol is acceptable to use per engine manufacturers guidelines.

Do not use gasoline containing methanol.

For further information about choosing the correct fuel for your machine:

www.lookbeforeyoupump.com

Fresh Fuel:

Fresh fuel (less than 30 days old). Gasoline starts deteriorating over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Old gas can leave harmful deposits in your products fuel system.

Today's gasoline does not have the same chemical makeup as years ago. Testing has shown that significant deterioration can begin in as little as 30 days. The first sign of old gas is it makes starting more difficult. This is because the most volatile components of the fuel are the first to deteriorate and are the ones that help an engine start easily.

Fuel Stabilizer:

Fuel stabilizer is designed to help keep the fuel fresher longer. It has to be added the day the fuel is purchased otherwise it will not do the job. It will not make old fuel fresh again. (Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions of the Stabilizer for the amount and how to add to the fuel)

For information regarding Toro Premium Fuel Treatment, click here:

To purchase one 4oz bottle of “Toro Premium Stabilizer”, order part number 117-0089, please visit www.torodealer.com or an authorized Toro dealer.

Fuel Containers:

Use a new or clean fuel container when obtaining new fuel. Toro No Spill Gas Cans are available on our online store at www.torodealer.com or through an authorized Toro dealer.

To download a free operator’s manual, click here. You will need the model and serial number of your machine to download the appropriate manual.

Where do I find the model and serial number? Click on the gray “?” circle under the “Parts & Manual” Heading in the “Customer Support” Tab.

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What if my machine won't start?

Single Stage Snowthrowers:

  • Fresh gas less then 30 days old.
  • Key is in the "On" position.
  • The choke lever is in the "closed" position.  (Refer to Owner's Manual) 
  • Primer was pressed firmly.  Make sure you do not over prime.
  • Pull recoil or push electric start button.
  • Once engine is running slowly move the choke lever to "off".
  • For restart issue the choke and primer steps may not be necessary.
  • If problems persist, consult your Owner's Manual or contact your local Toro Authorized Service Dealer.

Service Manuals are available on most of our popular products.  You will need your model and serial number of your product to ensure you obtain the correct manual for your machine.

See Also: Advanced Search - Don't know your model number?  Try using our advanced search feature to help determine your machines model number.

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What if my snowthorwer won't propel forward?

Single Stage Power Curve (CCR Models)

If the snowthrower does not propel itself forward on slippery surfaces or in heavy snow, push forward on the handle, but allow the snowthrower to work at its own pace.  

If you still are having difficulty, inspect the rotor blades for wear. If the rotor blade edge has worn down to the wear indicator hole, have an Authorized Service Dealer replace the blades and the scraper.

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What is the gas to oil ratio on my single stage snowthrower?

Most Toro 2-Cycle snowthrower engines use a 50:1 fuel oil mix ratio. The gas to oil ratio is usually always printed on the gas cap or in your Owner's Manual. <

  • 16 to 1 =  8 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel
  • 32 to 1 =  4 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel
  • 50 to 1 =   2.6 oz. two cycle oil per one gallon fuel 

The recommended oil for all Toro 2-Cycle snowthrowers is Toro 2-Cycle oil. Acceptable substitutes are: NMMA TCW III or ISO E GD.  

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What if my machine won't start (Two Stage)?

If the engine does not start or starts hard check the following:

Power Max & Power Shift 4-Cycle Engines:

  • Verify that the key is in the "On" position in the ignition..
  • Verify that the choke is in the "On" position and that the primer has been pressed.
  • Fuel valve shut-off valve is open.
  • Throttle is in the "Fast" position.
  • Fuel in the tank is no more than 30 days old.
  • Spark plug wire is connected and is in good condition.
  • Fuel cap is not covered with debris and is for allowing proper ventilation.
  • Engine oil level is at the "full" mark on the dipstick.
  • Remove the carburetor heater box if the air temperature is above 40F (4 C) and the carburetor heater box is on the snowthrower.
  • If problems persist, consult your Owner's Manual or contact your local Toro Authorized Service Dealer.

Service Manuals are available on most of our popular products.  You will need your model and serial number of your product to ensure you obtain the correct manual for your machine.

See Also: Advanced Search - Don't know your model number?  Try using our advanced search feature to help determine your machines model number.

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Why doesn't the snowthrower engage the self-propel?

OPERATION

Freewheeling or Using the Self-propel Drive (Instructions may vary between models and year, please review your Owner's Manual)

You can operate the machine with the self-propel feature engaged or disengaged (freewheeling).

To freewheel, slide the wheels inward and insert the axle pins through the outer axle holes, but not through the wheel hubs.

 

To self-propel, slide the wheels outward and insert the axle pins through the holes in the wheel hubs and the outer axle holes.

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Can I add an electric starter to my snowthrower?
Two Stage, 4-cycle snowthrowers do not have the option to add electric start. You have the option at the time of purchase to choose a model with the electric start feature.

 

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How do I adjust the auger/impeller drive belt on my Power Shift snowthrower?

Operating the snowthrower with an auger/impeller drive belt that slips decreases the performance and damages the belt.  Check the auger/impeller after the first operating hour and then after every 5 operating hours.  Adjust the belt when necessary.

  1. Stop the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop.
  2. Disconnect the wire from the spark plug.
  3. Remove the 3 flange-head bolts that secure the belt cover to the engine frame and slide the belt cover up the cables.
  4. Depress the auger/impeller drive control lever.
  5. Hold the lever and insert a 0.010 in. feeler gauge between the coil in the center of the spring.
  6. If the space between the coils is not 0.010 in. adjust the cables as follows:
    A .  Loosen the upper jam nut that secures the auger/impeller cable to the   mounting bracket.                                     
    B.   Rotate the bottom nut upward to increase the belt tension.
    C.  Tighten the upper jam nut against the bracket.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6.
  8. Check the impeller break arm clearance by releasing the auger/impeller drive control lever.  Note:  With the lever released, there should be at least 1/8 in.(3 mm) clearance between the tab on the impeller idler arm and the brake arm.
  9. Install the belt and the cable covers.
  10. Check the belt tension by operating the auger/impeller.
  11. If belt still slips, replace it.  Click here for Replacing Drive Belts.
  12. Connect the wire to the spark plug.

For further details please consult your Operator's Manual or contact your local Authorized Service Dealer.

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How do I adjust the Traction Drive Belt on the Power Shift snowthrower?

It is recommended to check the traction drive belt for the proper tension after the first operating hour and then after every 5 operating hours.  Adjust the drive belt when necessary or whenever you replace it.

  • Loosen the upper jam nut that secures the traction cable to the mounting bracket.
  • Rotate the bottom jam nut upward to increase the belt tension.  Note: When adjusting the cable, always rotate the jam nut one full turn at a time.
  • Tighten the upper jam nut against the bracket.
  • Check the tension of the belt by operating the snowthrower.  Note: The snowthrower should begin to move forward when you press the traction control lever about halfway down toward the handgrip.
  • Stop the engine and repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have achieved the proper adjustment.
  • Important:  Do not adjust the belt too tightly; a tight belt can cause the snowthrower to creep even after you release the traction control lever.  If this occurs, decrease the belt tension.

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How do I properly store my Power Shift snowthrower?

Preparing the Fuel System:

  • Add stabilizer/conditioner to the fuel in the fuel tank as directed.
  • Run the engine for ten minutes to distribute conditioned fuel through the system.
  • Stop the engine, allow it to cool, and drain fuel tank or run the engine until it stops.
  • Start the engine and run it until it stops.
  • Choke or prime the engine, start it a third time, and run the engine until it won't start.
  • Dispose of unused fuel properly. Recycle it according to local codes, or use it in your automobile.

Note: Do not store stabilized gasoline for more than 90 days.

Preparing the Engine:
  • While the engine is still warm, change the engine oil.
  • Remove the spark plug.
  • Use an oil can to squirt two teaspoons of oil into the spark plug hole.
  • Install the spark plug by hand and then torque it to 15 ft-lb (20.4 N-m). If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the plug firmly. Do not connect the wire to the plug.
  • Pull the recoil starter slowly to distribute the oil on the inside of the cylinder.
Preparing the Snowthrower:
  • Clean the snowthrower.
  • Tighten all screws and nuts. Repair or replace any damaged parts.
  • Cover the snowthrower and store it in a clean, dry place out of reach of children.
  • Allow the engine to cool before storing it in any enclosure.

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How do I check or adjust the Auger/Impeller Cable on my Power Max snowthrower?

** Before performing any maintenance move the snowthrower to a level surface, stop the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop and disconnect the spark plug.  **

Check:

Check the auger/impeller cable after the first two operating hours, then annually thereafter.

  • Remove the 2 screws from the right side of the belt cover.
  • Lift up the right side of the belt cover.
  • With the auger/impeller disengaged, ensure that the gap between the auger clutch assembly and the tab is  1/16 inch (1.5 mm)
  • If the auger impeller is not properly adjusted, follow the steps below.
 

Adjust:

  • Loosen the jam nut.
  • Loosen or tighten the turnbuckle until you obtain the proper gap.
  • Tighten the jam nut.
  • Reinstall the belt cover with the 2 screws
  • If the auger/impeller cable is properly adjusted but a problem remains, contact an Authorized Service Dealer.

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How do I check and adjust the Traction Cable on my Power Max snowthrower?

** Before performing any maintenance move the snowthrower to a level surface, stop the engine and wait for all moving parts to stop and disconnect the spark plug.  **

You can operate the machine with the self-propel feature engaged or disengaged (freewheeling).

To freewheel, slide the wheels inward and insert the axle pins through the outer axle holes, but not through the wheel hubs.

To self-propel, slide the wheels outward and insert the axle pins through the holes in the wheel hubs and the outer axle holes.

CHECK:

  • Check and adjust the traction cable after the first 2 operating hours, then annually thereafter.
  • If the snowthrower does not drive in the forward or reverse speeds or it drives when you release the traction lever, adjust the traction cable.
  • With the traction lever disengaged, check the pin in the elongated slot in the left side if the snowthrower above the tire.
  • There should be a gap of 1/32 to 1/16 inch (1 to 1.5 mm) from the front of the slot to the front edge of the pin.     

ADJUST:

If the left hand (traction) cable is not properly adjusted, do the following steps.

  • Loosen the jam nut
  • Loosen or tighten the turnbuckle to adjust the pin until it is the proper gap from the front edge of the slot.
  • Tighten the jam nut.

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Do I need to lubricate the Hex Shaft on my snowthrower?
It is recommended that you lightly lubricate the hex shaft annually.
  • Drain the gasoline from the fuel tank.
  • Tip the snowthrower forward onto its auger housing and block it so that it cannot fall.
  • Remove the back cover.
  • Move the speed selector lever to Position R2
  • Dip your finger in automotive oil and lightly lubricate the hex shaft.  Important: Do not get oil on the rubber wheel or the aluminum friction drive plate because the traction drive will slip.
  • Move the speed selector lever to Position 6.
  • Lubricate the other end of the hex shaft.
  • Move the speed selector lever forward and rearward a few times.
  • Reinstall the back cover and return the snowthrower to its operating position.

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How do I pin the wheels in for self propel and un-pin them for freewheeling?

Examine the Power Shovel Plus thoroughly for worn, loose, or damaged parts.  Repair or replace parts as necessary.

You can operate the snowthrower with the self-propel feature engaged or disengaged (freewheeling).

 

  • To freewheel, slide the wheels inward and insert the axle pins through the axle holes, but not through the wheel hubs.

  • To self-propel, axle pin through the holes in the wheel hubs and the inner axle holes.

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How do I replace the scraper?

For more detailed instructions please consult your Owner's Manual.

** Warning: If the extension cord is plugged into the snowthrower and the key is in the handle, someone could accidentally operate the snowthrower while you are performing maintenance on it, causing serious personal injury.

Disconnect the extension cord before you perform any maintenance. hold the key down, turn it clockwise and remove it from the handle. **

  • The scraper is located at the bottom of the rotor housing.
  • Remove the two screws that secure the scraper to the snowthrower.
  • Install the new scraper and fasten it securely with the two screws.

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Do I need to lubricate the 1800 Power Curve snowthrower?

You do not need to lubricate the snowthrower; all bearings were lubricated at the factory for the life of the snowthrower.


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How do I replace the rotor?

For more detailed instructions please consult your Owner's Manual.

** Warning: If the extension cord is plugged into the snowthrower and the key is in the handle, someone could accidentally operate the snowthrower while you are performing maintenance on it, causing serious personal injury.

Disconnect the extension cord before you perform any maintenance. hold the key down, turn it clockwise and remove it from the handle. **

  • Remove the 3 screws that secure the right side cover and the skid to the snowthrower frame.
  • Using a 3/8 in Allen wrench, turn the rotor shaft clockwise (left hand thread) while holding the rotor. Note: You may need to tap the Allen wrench with a hammer to loosen the rotor shaft. Wedge a stick or hammer handle in the rotor to prevent it from rotating.
  • If you can not remove the rotor shaft by holding the rotor, remove the left side cover and skid. Hold the hex nut with a 7/8-in. wrench while unscrewing the rotor shaft.
  • Hold the rotor and pull out the rotor shaft
  • Remove the rotor.
  • Align the left side of the new rotor with the coupler. The rotor must align with the 3 slots on the coupler.
  • Slide the right side of the rotor into the mounting position.
  • Insert the rotor shaft through the rotor into the mounting position.
  • Insert the rotor shaft though the rotor. Ensure that the shaft fits into the bearing on the right side. Torque it to at least 10 ft - lb (14 N-m)
  • Install the cover and the skid.

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How do I replace the belts?
For more detailed instructions please consult your Owner's Manual.

** WARNING: If the extension cord is plugged into the snowthrower and the key is in the handle, someone could accidentally operate the snowthrower while you are performing maintenance on it, causing serious personal injury.

Disconnect the extension cord before you perform any maintenance. hold the key down, turn it clockwise and remove it from the handle. **

Large Belt:
  1. Remove the side plate and skid from the left side of the snowthrower.
  2. Remove the idler spring from the idler arm. (Wear safety goggles when working with idler spring.)
  3. Rotate the rotor with your left hand while sliding the belt off the large pulley with your right hand.
  4. Slip the new belt over the small pulley.
  5. Lift up the idler arm and slip the belt under the idler pulley.
  6. Rotate the rotor with your left hand while sliding the belt onto the large pulley with your right hand.
  7. Assemble the idler spring, making sure the idler pulley rides on the belt.
  8. Re-install the side cover and skid with the three screws.
Small Belt:
  1. Remove the side plate and the skid from the left side
  2. Remove the large belt by slowly sliding it off the small pulley.
  3. Remove the small pulley belt by turning the bolt clockwise. Note: This bolt is reversed threaded and can be easily broken.
  4. Remove the two washers and the small pulley
  5. Remove and discard the small belt.
  6. Slide two washers onto the bolt and insert the bolt through the small pulley. Note: The bolt must ride on bearings in the small pulley.
  7. Place the new belt on the small pulley.
  8. Slide the belt over the motor shaft pulley.
  9. When tightening the bolt, the bolt head and the washers must be flush against the small pulley. torque the bolt to 25 to 360-in lb (2.8 to 3.4 N-m) Do not over tighten the bolt.
  10. Slip the large belt over the small pulley. Refer to step 4 through 8 of replacing the large Belt.

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Do I need to lubricate the Power Shovel?

You do not need to lubricate the Power Shovel; all bearings were lubricated at the factory for the life of the Power Shovel.

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What is the best way to store the Power Shovel?
  • Examine the Power Shovel thoroughly for worn, loose or damaged parts.
  • Examine the extension cord thoroughly for signs of wear or damage.  Replace cord if it is worn or damaged.
  • Disconnect the extension cord from the Power Shovel before storing.
  • Store the Power Shovel in a clean, dry place that is out of reach of children.  Cover it to provide protection.

For repairing or replacing parts, contact your local Authorized Service Dealer for assistance.

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