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    Snow blower chute movement. Hydraulic or Electric?

    Newbie here just want some insight to the advantages and dis-advantages of electric vs. hrydulic used for the chute movement on a snow blower. This is going to a purchase over the summer so I'm trying to enlighten myself on this. I see that almost all manufacturers offer both type of set ups. I would think that the electric would be slow compared to the Hyd set up. All opinions are welcomed and encouraged .

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    -Electric is often easier for the average do-it-yourself'er, most feel intimidated plumbing and working with hydraulics.
    -Hydraulics are a lot more money since buying some switches and wire is much cheaper than hoses, valves, motors and cylinders.
    -Some electric setups are slower, like those with linear actuators, but some use window or other gear motors that can be reasonably fast.
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    I don't own a snow blower, so I can't advise from experience. But electric would be considerably cheaper. Several members have done this to their blowers.

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    Is the question pertaining to the chute deflector or the chute rotator?
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    I did it using 12V. Check out the thread below. It has videos for both the rotation and defector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I don't own a snow blower, so I can't advise from experience. But electric would be considerably cheaper. Several members have done this to their blowers.

    I changed your title so people can do future searches much easier. I hope you don't mind.
    Not at all. I did search on here about the subject matter but with no luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artillian View Post
    Is the question pertaining to the chute deflector or the chute rotator?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sterling40man View Post
    I did it using 12V. Check out the thread below. It has videos for both the rotation and defector.

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    I saw this video and it was a nice clean set up.
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    If cost wasn't the only factor between the two systems , what would you choose and why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene View Post
    If cost wasn't the only factor between the two systems , what would you choose and why.
    I've never owned or operated a snowblower, so take my opinion for what it's worth.

    With that said, it seems like hydraulic for rotation and electric for the deflector would be the way to go for ease of fabrication and reliability. Judging from what I've seen others do, the hydraulic setup ends up a cleaner install for rotation with fewer moving parts. Electric for the deflector because it can be done with a basic linear actuator and you can run a much smaller electric cable up the chute instead of a pair of bigger hydraulic lines.
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