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post #1 of 20 Old 10-11-2019, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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47 inch blower chute acuator

Trying to decide if I want the electric chute actuator or the manual cable operated one from deere.Anyone with any experience with any of these?Im not crazy about taking my dash off my 738 to drill a hole to mount the switch.Thanks for your replies.
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

I have an actuator on my 345s 42 inch blower and like it. Replaced the original cable when it snagged and broke for half the money. On mine the switch is on the bracket that held the cable not the dash. Roger
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

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Trying to decide if I want the electric chute actuator or the manual cable operated one from deere.Anyone with any experience with any of these?Im not crazy about taking my dash off my 738 to drill a hole to mount the switch.Thanks for your replies.
I'm going on 6 seasons with the cable operated remote spout control and it still works fine and the cable and other components show no signs of wear. I've thought about upgrading to a linear actuator but those can freeze up the same as the cable (although I have never had my cable freeze up).

Sometimes the low-tech approach is just fine. :-)
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I have an actuator on my 345s 42 inch blower and like it. Replaced the original cable when it snagged and broke for half the money. On mine the switch is on the bracket that held the cable not the dash. Roger
If I were to ever upgrade to a linear actuator, this is the approach I would take as well. But then again, if you didn't start out with the cable operated control you won't have the bracket already installed. ;-)
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I have an actuator on my 345s 42 inch blower and like it. Replaced the original cable when it snagged and broke for half the money. On mine the switch is on the bracket that held the cable not the dash. Roger
Doing the same thing on my gx345. I mounted the switch to the bracket as well. I have a cab so I could mount it almost anywhere I wanted, but the bracket made the most sense.

To the original poster, if you're going to keep the tractor for a long time, mount it to the dash so it works for you. Just be careful when drilling the hole. Or, get the rod that the cable mounts to and use that to mount the switch.


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Doing the same thing on my gx345. I mounted the switch to the bracket as well. I have a cab so I could mount it almost anywhere I wanted, but the bracket made the most sense.

To the original poster, if you're going to keep the tractor for a long time, mount it to the dash so it works for you. Just be careful when drilling the hole. Or, get the rod that the cable mounts to and use that to mount the switch.
The problem with that approach is JD wants $104 for just the bracket. You can get the entire remote spout control kit for $129. The OP would probably be better off to get the remote spout control kit, use it until it breaks (which could be many years) and at that point use the bracket for the control switch. :-)
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

The only adjustment I have on my 46 is stopping getting off the seat and adjusting it manually . I was thinking about getting getting a electric one. They around $150 on Ebay if I recall.

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Trying to decide if I want the electric chute actuator or the manual cable operated one from deere.Anyone with any experience with any of these?Im not crazy about taking my dash off my 738 to drill a hole to mount the switch.Thanks for your replies.
Electric actuator all the way. Super easy install, no need to remove the dash. Just use a unibit to drill the hole.

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The electric actuator works great. Controlling the chute is easy and precise.
I mounted my switch to the hydraulic lever. Wires come thru boot for the lever, so no holes drilled. See a link in my signature. Here's the pics since the links in the original post are dead.
https://www.mytractorforum.com/album.php?albumid=17451
Mine has never froze up, but my machine is in a heated garage.

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Actuators come in many size and sometimes speeds. I ordered mine based on the movement needed to move the chute. I have had zero problems with icing up. Paid about $60 on EBay. Could move a bit faster but there is no reason for it to do that when blowing and only adds one minute per hour of seat time. Roger
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

Here is my set up on a 42" snowblower and gx345.
Just finished the install today. I may move it to the opposite side.
I bought the rubber boot cover for it too. Showing switch and waterproof 2 pin connector (BLK/Red wires).
Doesn't go as fast as I would like it to, but is fine. Way better than a cable.
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

Gt275 can you give some info on your setup? Supplier? Part number(s)? Was it a kit? Thanks
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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

Mine froze a few times so I inverted it. Works fine, and hasnít frozen up on me yet!

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Gt275 can you give some info on your setup? Supplier? Part number(s)? Was it a kit? Thanks
This was not a kit. Almost everything was purchased individually on ebay.
4" stroke Linear Actuator.
Used a 30 Amp momentary toggle switch and braided wire loom.
18ga wires.
2 pin waterproof electrical connector plug.
M6 x 1 - 65mm lg screws and 3/4" nylon spacers for mounting. 1/4" screws are too large for the actuator.


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Re: 47 inch blower chute acuator

Marshallgang

Some of us pieced it together ourselves, others bought kits.
I pieced mine together.
Here's a link to the actuator that works well.
model FA-35-S-12-4 (35 pound force, 12 volt, 4" stroke)
https://www.firgelliauto.com/collect...near-actuators

And my signature has a link to an older thread on how several people did theirs, including switch mounting locations.

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