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Deereman, I used the four inch mini one from here http://www.firgelliauto.com/ it has more than enough travel, with the switch I spent $135.00 and still had to shop all the other parts I just liked the look of the one I bought more than the others.
 

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Deerman31 , I have done the modificsation using the same 4" actuator as in the ad on e-bay. Check for 12v linear actuators on e-bay, and those actuators sell for about $45. You then do to search this forum for "chute modification/ linear actuator" and you will have all the info you need.good luck, and enjoy the modification!!! No more getting off the tractor to adjust the height of the chute!! dan :greendr:::thThumbsU
 

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that actuator (on ebay in the provided link) is WAY too big and you need 6" for FULL travel of the spout. (and it is installed upside down! u do not want all that added weight on the spout)

4" is fine because you rarely want it fully down but if you do get 6", the one pictured below is a 6"er.

Be sure the actuator you get has built in limit switches! the one shown below has them... complete job save labor is <100$ (2010 prices :))










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The first listing is overkill and the second is slow at 1/2" per second. I have the same actuator as MXZRXP. After using it one season the one minor complaint I have is that it is a little slow. 3/4" per second if i recall. Firgelli offers the same actuator with less force and more speed. If mine ever fails I would buy the latter.
 

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So, being new to having a model 47 myself and having yet to do very much with it this year-what is the advantage of this mod? Is it there to help keep the wind from grabbing the snow up high and blowing it back at you or something similar?
 

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So, being new to having a model 47 myself and having yet to do very much with it this year-what is the advantage of this mod? Is it there to help keep the wind from grabbing the snow up high and blowing it back at you or something similar?
spout control is probably more useful for folks without a cab... and yes, to keep snow dust down!!

FWIW -
I have post lights that line my driveway and there is one (only one of 8) where the spout in full open hits the lens of the lamp! I lower the spout as I pass by...


If you often go from full open to full close I can see where a faster operation would be desired and 7.5 lbs of force is more than enough to handle the spout! But yo can use a locking switch with the actuator which is a benefit...


This year I put on en electric rotator on too, and I wish it were faster... but it sure beats manual... if the chute rotator had limit switches like the actuatoir does, I could use a locking switch, as I usually go from full left to full right...


have fun, great, easy upgrade!


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OK folks, first things first...the actuator in the listing is NOT overkill, and is a perfect fit. It is only 3" travel. So many people seem to think they know the right stroke length- yes they may have a working setup....but in fact you can use 2,3,4,5,6" strokes!!! It just depends on where the mounting holes are drilled. It all depends on the radius at fully open and fully closed to the pivot point. I don't know a whole lot about tractors yet but I do know a good deal of geometry. If you get the correct hole locations on the chte and deflector you can make any stroke reach full open and full closed on deflector....btw fully closed is a bit extreme and a good way to clog your blower if heavy snow.

You must have guessed it by now ... but yup this is my ebay listing, I decided to design the wire harness and sell them with an actuator with correct measurements. The black actuator in the listing is upside down simply for the wire direction directing downward towards the back to relieve strain and it is also IP56 rating. I sold 2 actuator kits before this with actuators much like the second link in the fist post which were IP54 ratings and could be placed in any direction.
The weight of the actuator in the ebay listing has really no effect to the deflector, it is very light (black plastic housing- not metal). I could imagine a heavy weight on the deflector would not be good on a plastic hinge, but this thing is super light!

So, hope that helps, and clears up any confusion, but really it all depends on measurements and geometry.
 

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One more tid bit, the actuator in the ebay listing is perfect speed at 1.45" per second. This speed seems very smooth and easy to stop at any angle desired but fast working as well. Speed rating of 1" to 1.5" per second are perfect for this application assuming you are using a 3 or 4" actuator stroke.

I don't want to seem angry about it but want to clear up some misconceptions.
 

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I have that same actuator on my chute. I may have even bought it from Cobra445 as it came from Mass. I can attest that it works great and I have posted the installation and video that shows the movement. Performance wise it is the right choice, but the kit seems a little pricey. I got my actuator for $40 delivered. Another $105 for the harness, instructions and switch seems high, but if you don't have the technical skills it just may be a bargain for you. Either way, it appears to be a very nice one-stop setup. It took me weeks to get my whole system together.

Check out the video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yQfs0ccVIc&context=C30945b4ADOEgsToPDskJsv5nXvo1ClzRstgIhS5eq
 
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