I am struggling to find an solution, and will throw this out to the group for thoughts.
My 1855 is having a lot of trouble lifting the snow blower when there is snow packed in the bottom or laying on the outside of the housing after an hours worth of work.
Some history: I have rebuilt the hydro and its working great the 3 pt lift is working well and I have swapped out the mid lift cylinder. I had another one here and changed the cylinder and lines.
I dont have the pastic tunnel cover on the tractor so I can watch the cylinder. When the blower is loaded in snow the cylinder just wont move, it almost appears as though the cyliner is either to small (piston diameter) or the pressure is to low. On this design the piston is pushed to the bottom of the cylinder (retracting the shaft) when the blower is being raised. When the blowe is lowered it appears to use the weight of the blower to drop it and the shaft extends from the cylinder.
Now when the snow is gone the lift just raises and lower smooth as silk.
Yes I do have the 2 springs attached per the manual, and i have now added 2 more springs, but I dont thing the 2 additional springs are going to help very much. The design of the lift linkage is not what I would call impressive.
So here is the question(s):
Is this a common issue with my friends in the northern parts of the world?
If this is a common issue what tricks have you found to make the lift work better?
General thoughts or ideas from anyone?
Yep today here in KC we have another 4 inches and I have lots of driveways to clean for my elderly neighbors. They refer to my 1855 with the snow blower as the " FRAKENBLOWER" fitting name given how ugly it looks with this operator.