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Old 11-23-2008, 12:38 PM   post #1 of 14
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Default Electric Actuator for 47" Snow Blower

Hey guys!!!
Thought I would start a new thread cause of some questions asked about my actuator in another thread.

I get the actuator from AEI Components. It moves .5"/sec with a 4" Stroke. Here is the link for all the specs:
http://www.aeicomp.com/image2/IMD3.pdf

I got a this actuator because I thought it would work with the pre-drilled holes in the chute. When I used those holes it wasn't quit right so I drilled a new hole, so you could get a larger actuator if you wanted and drill new holes. I was just trying to avoid that. Then I used all Stainless Steel for hardware so it wouldn't rust. You also need to have the nuts a bolts that hold the chute loose so the raising and lowering of the chute doesn't bind up.

Then you will need a Double Pole Double Throw Switch with momentary contacts. I got a marine switch for these reasons:
1 They look cool
2 Most importantly they are water proof
3 With big gloves I figured it would be easier to operate.

All though any switch will work. Like a toggle. The one pictured is a Sea Dog Contura Rocker Switch. There are some better switches out there. I really liked the contura switches with rubber surfaces and dots on them for traction but I was running out of time and patience trying to find them.

Hope this helped you and answered your questions.


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Old 11-23-2008, 02:21 PM   post #2 of 14
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Dudeman,

Thanks for the post! I too was wondering about the actuator.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:24 PM   post #3 of 14
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Hey Dude Man,

I like your set-up for the chute. Can you tell me exactly what you use for the stand-offs and screws? I do not have a decent hardware store around here and I stopped by the Home Depot without any luck. Just curious as to where you got yours.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:00 PM   post #4 of 14
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Nice job on the chute..
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:39 PM   post #5 of 14
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Deerebuff, I got all my hardware from Ace. Just the first hardware store that close to me at the time. But make sure you get all stainless. I drilled my holes bigger for 5/16 hardware too. Thought 1/4 would be a little week.

Then its just a 5/16x 3/4 bolt with lock washer through the chute into a rod coupling. Then I think it was a 5/16x 1 1/4" bolt threw the actuator into the rod coupling tight so it can not come undone (Depending on what you are using that bolt may be longer or shorter, you will have to figure that out. You want the bolt to be tight but not too tight because all of those parts will pivot on the bolt and you don't want it to bind. The bolts should be touching each other/bottoming out in the rod coupling.)

I also put purple Loc-Tite on for precautions in case I ever need to take it apart. Also put some grease on the bolt that goes through the actuator holes. Figure grease never hurts.

Hope this helps you.
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Thanks for the information!
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:51 AM   post #7 of 14
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With all the snow we've been getting here, how's the actuator working out for you? We would like to see some pics of that new tractor in action.
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Dude Man,nice pics of your work. "Figure grease never hurts"- that's what my M.D. says too... LOL!
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Actuator is working great. Especially with all the blowing snow. Seems when I point it down it doesn't swirl all over the place and back to where I just cleared off. Some places works great going up others work great in the middle, down. You get the point.

I will have to talk to the fiance about taking some pictures of it in action. We are supposed to get 3-6 tonight and then like 4-7 on Wednesday. Fun blowing snow but I rather be on my M8, that is a lot more fun especially with all the snow and drifts.
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Actuator is working great. Especially with all the blowing snow. Seems when I point it down it doesn't swirl all over the place and back to where I just cleared off. Some places works great going up others work great in the middle, down. You get the point.

I will have to talk to the fiance about taking some pictures of it in action. We are supposed to get 3-6 tonight and then like 4-7 on Wednesday. Fun blowing snow but I rather be on my M8, that is a lot more fun especially with all the snow and drifts.
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Great to here that it's working for you. You must not live too far from me because that's the same forecast I heard. Can't wait to see some pics. I'll see if I can get some pics in the next few days.
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gt275, where do you live?

I saw a gt275 today with a cab and lights on it, kinda rare to have running lights on a garden tractor cab. Looks like yours has them too, or maybe they are reflectors in you picture.
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Dude Man, I live in Richfield.

The cab has lights and reflectors. It has additional lights that are not shown because this is an older picture. I also have an interior light. I can't tell you how nice it was to have a cab yesterday with the wind chill at -25F.

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I got a this actuator because I thought it would work with the pre-drilled holes in the chute. When I used those holes it wasn't quit right so I drilled a new hole, so you could get a larger actuator if you wanted and drill new holes.
If you had to do it again, would you use the same actuator? What advantage is there to a larger one?
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:36 PM   post #14 of 14
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Nice work on the chute control! How does your acutator connect to the switch? Is there a connector (plug-in) between the actuator and the tractor?
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