I broke the power lift mechanism on X540 today.
OK, It is the hydraulic lift connecting rod that is the weak link of the power lift mechanism. It has proven no match for the today's heavy snow.
For clearing today's snow, I had to resort to a kind of multi pass, zig zag approach. Basically, I had to lift the blower, go forward a few feet, and then back up and drop the blower, and push forward again. So the power lift gets used a lot!
Half an hour into the task, as I pulled up the lift tab, I heard a very loud bang, and after that, the snow blower will not pull up again. I finished the rest of the work by keeping the blower in the drop down position, and following a zigzag pattern. That has been proven slow, and tedious 3 and half hours.
Afterwards, I brought the X540 back into the garage, and checked everything out. Guess this is what happened, the weight of the snow has proven to be too much for the lift mechanism, and it bent the fork on the power lift connecting rod. There are two connecting rod, one of them is normal visible, the other one is under the tractor. It is the second one that failed. See the picture.
Will give the Dealer a call tomorrow, see if they can help out soon. We have more snow coming!
X540 48 inch deck
47 In snow blower
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