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Posted December 26, 2011 - 08:57 PM

Hey, that looks good Alan.
Just a thought, but you might want to gusset the motor mounting bracket, so it maintains tension.
I'm worried, about what might happen if you don't.
You'll be out blowing, and as the chute freezes up a bit, the mounting bracket will flex, allowing
the cable to slip. Next thing will be that the chute will be aimed in the wrong direction, and before you can say
"crap", you'll have a face full of snow, and you'll be heading in the wrong direction towards a big tree.

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Posted December 26, 2011 - 09:03 PM

Hey, that looks good Alan.
Just a thought, but you might want to gusset the motor mounting bracket, so it maintains tension.
I'm worried, about what might happen if you don't.
You'll be out blowing, and as the chute freezes up a bit, the mounting bracket will flex, allowing
the cable to slip. Next thing will be that the chute will be aimed in the wrong direction, and before you can say
"crap", you'll have a face full of snow, and you'll be heading in the wrong direction towards a big tree.


But as long as I have the camera running, it won't be a complete loss....
The coupler end you cant see is a slot that fits over the "eye" on the original winder. The original winder is secured to the blower pretty well.
I was gonna weld in some triangles, but thought that if it did bind up, I'd rather the coupling slip than it rip the chute off. This thing has a wicked amount of torque with the worm drive and all. I don't think I could stop it by hand, that's for sure.

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Posted December 26, 2011 - 09:09 PM

Ok, good.
Your thinkin safety first.
But just to be sure, perhaps you should get one of those impact
resistant camera cases.:smile1:
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Posted December 26, 2011 - 09:14 PM

Ok, good.
Your thinkin safety first.
But just to be sure, perhaps you should get one of those impact
resistant camera cases.:smile1:


:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: Thanks for the vote of confidence. :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:

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Posted December 26, 2011 - 09:38 PM

:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl: Thanks for the vote of confidence. :bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bigrofl:



:bigrofl:just be careful

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Posted December 26, 2011 - 10:43 PM

Excellent. A man after my own heart. Chop, Adapt, and plug in.

Now all you have to do is jump up on the roof when changing TV channels.

But seriously, your biggest opportunity to speed this thing up would be underneath (can't see) where it's pulling the cable. If there's a pulley under there... and you can double its size, then the speed would double as well.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 06:29 AM

Pretty cool ,Alan.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:52 AM

Hey, that looks good Alan.
Just a thought, but you might want to gusset the motor mounting bracket, so it maintains tension.
I'm worried, about what might happen if you don't.
You'll be out blowing, and as the chute freezes up a bit, the mounting bracket will flex, allowing
the cable to slip. Next thing will be that the chute will be aimed in the wrong direction, and before you can say
"crap", you'll have a face full of snow, and you'll be heading in the wrong direction towards a big tree.


I know that from experince.We did a old bolens tube frame snowblower that way and used a cheap switch.Next switch froze and chute was faceing me and turned into one big snowball fight that i lost.:sensored:

Nice job Alan.Just make sure you have alot of snowballs made when it decides to call a war on you.Scratch that just run thats a war you will not win. :bigrofl:

Edited by bhts, December 27, 2011 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:54 AM

I know that from experince.We did a old bolens tube frame that way and used a cheap switch.Next switch froze and chute was faceing me and turned into one big snowball fight that i lost.


Bob, got any video? LOL

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:57 AM

Bob, got any video? LOL


I would not post if i did lol. The shame

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:58 AM

I would not post if i did lol. The shame


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Posted December 27, 2011 - 10:07 AM

I would not post if i did lol. The shame


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Thanks Bob, I needed a laugh today.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 10:25 AM

I would think all you need to do to win is put it reverse. If it can't get snow, you win. LOL

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 12:14 PM

Glad I don't have to worry about loosing one of those snow ball fights. Good job of adapting something you no longer use into something useful with no cost.

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Posted December 27, 2011 - 09:57 PM

I did abit of thinking today, on how you can avoid getting hurt by the
rather precarious situation you've created, with that overpowered/ungusseted
chute turner. Just a couple thoughts.

1-Get Ryan to blow the driveway.(welcome to GTT Ryan):D

2-Put bullet proof glass in the front of the cab.

3-Pray it doesn't snow.




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