Hydraulic Chute Deflector - 54" Quick-Hitch Snowblower
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    Hydraulic Chute Deflector - 54" Quick-Hitch Snowblower

    I have the 54" Quick-Hitch snowblower on a 1025R and finally found the right hydraulic cylinder for remote chute control. It's total overkill but I already had the diverter and hydraulic hoses with quick-connectors from a grapple attachment. I also replaced the plastic hinge with a stainless steel one while I was there. The pictures should tell the story.

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    Can you share the details of what cylinder you used - make and model?

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    Good fix on the plastic hinge replacement. Is that a standard hinge that is available at any of the big box stores.

    I will be interested in the long term use report on the hydraulic spout control. It seems like the cylinder and hoses would add a lot of mass to the chute and cause possible issues for the cable rotation configuration.
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    The cylinder is from Surplus Center with the following specs: 1x4x0.625 DA Hydraulic Cylinder Swivel Eyes. Item 9-7257-4
    1x4x0.625 DA Hydraulic Cylinder Swivel Eyes | Surplus Center | Brands | www.surpluscenter.com

    The hinge is from McMaster-Carr. Item 1624A56. 304 Stainless Steel Surface-Mount Hinge, Removable Pin, 4" x 1-1/2" Door Leaf, 0.120" Leaf Thickness
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    I know this is a desirable modification for many folks but I don't understand the benefits. Could someone educate me? I've found the mid-point position of my chute deflector to be perfectly satisfactory. If set to the highest position, there's an impressive looking rooster tail but much of the snow can blow back if there's any wind. On the lowest position, too much snow is cast a short distance away and has to be processed again if you're clearing a parking pad or wide driveway.

    I'm not trying to be difficult....just want to understand the value. How often is it practical to adjust the deflector and under what conditions?
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    Rod330, Iím working on a similar mod for mine.

    Iíve got an area of my driveway that is 40í wide and abuts my neighbors lilac trees. When Iím 40í away, I want it raise the chute. As I make passes closer to the trees I want to lower the chute.

    I guess it depends on your individual property whether it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toby.jutras View Post
    Rod330, Iím working on a similar mod for mine.

    Iíve got an area of my driveway that is 40í wide and abuts my neighbors lilac trees. When Iím 40í away, I want it raise the chute. As I make passes closer to the trees I want to lower the chute.

    I guess it depends on your individual property whether it makes sense.

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    That makes perfect sense. I don't have neighbors nearby so my left/right chute rotation does everything I need to keep the snow diverted in the same direction as the wind. I can certainly understand why you'd want to avoid pummeling the neighbors property
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod330 View Post
    I know this is a desirable modification for many folks but I don't understand the benefits. Could someone educate me? I've found the mid-point position of my chute deflector to be perfectly satisfactory. If set to the highest position, there's an impressive looking rooster tail but much of the snow can blow back if there's any wind. On the lowest position, too much snow is cast a short distance away and has to be processed again if you're clearing a parking pad or wide driveway.

    I'm not trying to be difficult....just want to understand the value. How often is it practical to adjust the deflector and under what conditions?
    Sometimes I have to point my chute towards my house when clearing the circular drive in front of it. That's when I want it pointed very low. Every now and then, I pick up a rock. I don't want the rock (or ice chunks) going through a window. The rest of the time, I want it thrown as far as possible so that I don't run out of room for more snow.

    Before I added a linear actuator to control my chute, I thought I'd just get off the tractor and adjust it manually. No big deal. Then I learned you can't get off the seat without shutting down the PTO. And for the snowblower, you have to run it a few minutes after stopping to keep the augur from freezing up. So to manually adjust the chute, it can take 5 minutes of downtime. Cold down time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod330 View Post
    I know this is a desirable modification for many folks but I don't understand the benefits. Could someone educate me? I've found the mid-point position of my chute deflector to be perfectly satisfactory. If set to the highest position, there's an impressive looking rooster tail but much of the snow can blow back if there's any wind. On the lowest position, too much snow is cast a short distance away and has to be processed again if you're clearing a parking pad or wide driveway.
    It all depends on your surroundings. I have the 54" blower with the manual spout control cable. During the course of clearing the snow from my parking area and driveway I have lots of obstacles... parked cars, neighbors cars, house windows, etc. Plus, I have high banks on either side of my driveway. During any given snow removal session I will typically need to readjust my spout every few minutes. Sometimes I have it all the way down to literally blow the snow on the ground beside me and other times it is all the way up so the snow will clear my high banks. The wind also plays an important role. If the wind isn't cooperating I will be forced to blow the snow on the ground and simply keep re-blowing it to left until it finally clears the driveway.

    I image there are folks with lots of open territory where they can simply set the spout pointing up and let 'er rip. Unfortunately I am not one of them.
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