Hey guys. In the midst of rebuilding my engine, I want to put an electric actuator to lift the deck and more importantly the 42" snowblower attachment. I have the 48" but I rarely use it.
I have the handle lift, not the pedal lift. At first I thought of using the actuator where the manual lift kit for the blower/blade connect to the lift handle via the rod part#M128254 which is has the yoke M80373 that connects to the bracket on the lift handle. Keeping the lever in the locked position and using an actuator between the lift kit and bracket, in theory can do the lifting just fine, but it would have to be pretty beefy as with the lift lever in the locked position, there is no lift assist spring aiding the actuator. There often comes a need to hold the snowblower slightly above the ground so I dont dig into the grass is the problem im trying to solve. The lift height adjustment does nothing for the snowblower/blade attachments, only the tiller attachment.
Instead looking at putting the linear actuator between the front frame wall, and the lift strap, part# M124831 and #29 on the diagram below. The actuator would be in parallel with the lift assist spring, and not carry 100% of the weight.
Has anyone contemplated this before? I think its doable, but I have to research more on clearance underneath with the PTO clutch, spring, belts, etc. I think its doable. Just wondering anyone else has done such a mod or if I'm blazing the trail here.
Adding another switch would be pretty easy for me into my custom fabbed control box. Removing the push button that locks the lever im on the fence of removing altogether, but more research is needed.