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Posted December 17, 2017 - 08:16 AM

Hello guy's and bolens guru!

 

I'm quite new to bolens and very impressed with those tractors! So i bought that massive 18148 snowblower a couple of weeks ago and it worked flawlessly until yesterday. I didn't changed anythinf on it! So th issue is that the chute does not do is full travel anymore! What i observed is it seems that the cables get one over the other as shown on picture.Poulie1.jpg poulie 2.jpg

 

My question is that I have the owners manual and it does not talk about that part! Can someone tell me if it's properly rigged? What is there a part that is wrong/missing in my system? What  tension should the cable have? Is there a procedure to adjust that!

 

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Posted December 17, 2017 - 08:48 AM

knowing nothing about this particular blower, let me throw in my 2 cents - top picture seems to show the cable lost at least one 'strand" so that's a problem, it may have stretched enough to be sloppy and then overlaps and jams

again, knowing nothing about the blower, the cable seems to be "deep" into the pulleys so that may also be a problem

just some things to consider


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Posted December 17, 2017 - 10:22 AM

firedudet1 seems to have answered your question.Looks like that pulley is letting the cable get into a groove a flat pulley would be better. Also the cable is pretty frayed so it's going to bind up and jam. I don't think it's so much of a tension problem as it is with the above mentioned problems. New cable and possibly a flat pulley would probably solve your problem.



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Posted December 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

parts manual here

http://gardentractor...-48in-2stagpdf/

 

By the manual the pulleys are part # 1714742 which looks like the ones you have so that shouldn't be the problem. 

 

Looks like you have a little to much slack in your cable. You can Try adjusting it till it has No slack but your cable looks like it's on it's way out. It's Frayed a bit. That would cause it to get caught up on it's self.   

 

Bolens 1725718 is the Cable part number. It might be easier to make a new cable unless one of out site sponcers happens to have a NOS cable? 


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Posted December 17, 2017 - 12:23 PM

Thank you guys! I’ll have a buddy of mine machine a new pulley! And I’ll put a new cable in! I’ll keep informed when done!

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Posted December 17, 2017 - 12:37 PM

The attached pdf may help you as it has a couple of pictures and a description of how the cable is routed - it is from a posting a few years ago done on MTF by LPBolens.


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Posted December 17, 2017 - 01:00 PM

If what Stew posted above doesn't answer all your inquiries, I can tear the top panel off mine and snap a few pictures.
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Posted December 17, 2017 - 01:17 PM

That pulley looks like an off the shelf stamped steel idler pulley you can find at a mower shop for a few dollars.I would look into that before you spend too much time and effort into making one.
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Posted December 17, 2017 - 09:37 PM

The attached pdf may help you as it has a couple of pictures and a description of how the cable is routed - it is from a posting a few years ago done on MTF by LPBolens.

I knew that was somewhere, but I forgot where!


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Posted December 18, 2017 - 06:13 AM

I’ll get a cable tonight and tell the result!

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Posted December 18, 2017 - 09:22 AM

I knew that was somewhere, but I forgot where!

 

Took me a little while to find it too.


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Posted December 18, 2017 - 10:13 PM

New cable did the job! Thanks guys! Not as I would like but this will do the job just fine!

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Posted December 19, 2017 - 12:26 AM

If the usual Bolens parts vendors do not have the correct cable for you, there are some places that can make up an original style version.



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Posted December 19, 2017 - 09:57 AM

I'm curious how that set up works. I'm thinking of trying to convert my electric winch rotator method too hyd. So wondering how everything works on your set up. Diagram and measurements etc would sure go a long way in me trying to make something like that for mine. Thanks.






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