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Well, we finally got snow. You think everything checks out and your ready for it, when it comes. Then all the bugs rear their head.

One of those bugs is the chute rotator cable. I replaced it last summer with a new piece of cable. I used a plastic coated wire cable. So, the first day of the first snow, it breaks. It broke where the cable passes through the rotator shaft. Apparently, it bends back and forth as it is reversed.

Did I use the wrong cable or did I install it wrong?
 

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Wow....there is no way to second guess your situation without having seen it all first
hand.
I know that cable on the snowblower has always been it's Achiles Heel. Mine have
always had problems coming off when snow built up.

All I could recommend is a heavier gage wire.
 

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I'm thinking if you have enough turns on the spool it should still have one turn before the hole when the chute is at it's maximum turn.

I use standard galvanized cable without the plastic cover and it's been on there about 5 years. 4 years as it has only been used twice this year so far.

Garry
 

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I had plastic coated cable. Stuff wore thru whee it flexed. Last summer though. I've got small galv cable on it now. My aircraft cable was no where to be found.

I think the Wheel Horse chute string re-stringing article showed one more loop, on both up take and out take. Don't know if the article is still stored on here, someplace.

Find a warm spot to work in and spend some time with your tractor.
 

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I was done turning the crank and put a cars electric motor welded/attached to the turn screw, just flip a rocker switch and your good to go! Get rid of the cable guy!! :trink40:

Gerry
 

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I tack welded one of my chutes in place........nuff said......lol
Sure! Take the lazy way out!

I put a cars electric motor welded/attached to the turn screw..... Get rid of the cable guy!!
Gerry
Uummh.... on my 'blower if you get a machine to turn the crank for you, you still need a cable to make the connection.
 

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Ha ha ha! It is welded with chute facing "almost, straight-left" from the driver's position.

Well....if the wind is from the north....no problems going up or down the drive.
If the wind is from the west.....can be trouble going down the drive.
Coming back is no problem.

I start in the center and work my way out. But it is more fun to plow than blow snow.
I seldom use it except for minor cleanup of the edges.
 

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Sure! Take the lazy way out!



Uummh.... on my 'blower if you get a machine to turn the crank for you, you still need a cable to make the connection.
Nah, not the crank, you replace the whole mess and set up the motor with a screw auger set up, that turns the chute. No wires at all, except what you need to run the motor!
Check my Vermoster gets more Grrrr post on "the other" site it has pics!
Good luck!
 

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I got some 1/8" garage door safety cable. A package with two 10' pieces was $7.00 even. It's alot stronger than what I used before. It's very stiff, though. Like spring steel. I'm not sure how it's going to wind around. Well, I went to install it and the little clip Wheel Horse uses to fasten the cable broke a set screw off. I'm wondering what the home improvement stores have as a substitute. It's trying to snow now, so I'm going to have to give the chicken a little advance training.:thThumbsU
 
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