I think the handle needs to float which is why there is a weak spring attached to that shaft. You probably should rig the actuator so that the handle still floats. Start a new thread with pics when you try it.I think I will try a linear electric cylinder ( actuator ) to push on the small shaft where attach the chain under the seat ! I don’t know if the are enough powerful. 150kg ! 60$ on amazone + winch switch !! It will move the handle !
Have you had a chance to try it out? Does the added weight keep the plow down? I'm finding that my blade although heavier, has a tendency to chatter leaving washboard so I will need to either/or add more weight to it and/or adjust the springs. If I adjust the springs it will put more weight on the back wheels.It will keep my driveway floor licking' clean now
My walk behind snow thrower has a very weak tranny so if I set the cutting edge too low, the tranny just won't push it. I have to adjust the skid shoes so the cutting edge is raised but then it leaves too much behind. It also cannot remove packed snow that got driven over and froze.With 2-3 inches of snow this blade makes quick work of my 5500sqft concrete driveway. Love it! But for anything past 3-4" the snowblower is king...
I adjusted my springs so now the rear end is heavier to lift when the blade is down. It seems to have helped with the blade chatter and there is enough weight for traction. I was plowing very heavy wet snow that didn't want to roll off the blade and there was plenty of power and traction. The spring adjustment means less lift assist which really gives my right arm a workout now since it makes it heavier to lift. I'm sure glad I blocked off the clutch so I don't have to fight it.If I adjust the springs it will put more weight on the back wheels.
This year I removed the springs completely which puts the full weight on the cutting edge and more weight on the rear wheels but it is even heavier on the lift handle.I've been turning out the nuts on the helper springs little by little and testing the results. Right now I have them out as far as they will go so it is a lot heavier on the lift handle.
Today I worked on the lift handle extension. First I removed the existing handle grip, then I heated up the PVC and formed it over two 3/4" rods to match the oval on the lift handle. Tomorrow I will make an extension for the push button release.I am considering getting a foot long 1 - 1/4" sched 80 PVC pipe to extend the handle.
Finished it up today but it was getting dark and I didn't have my phone with me to take pics. I am very pleased with how much easier it is to lift the plow. Also, it puts that hand grip further away from the height lever that I would sometimes grab by mistake.Tomorrow I will make an extension for the push button release.
My apologies to @Dan Bollinger in not giving him credit for the original idea. BTW, Dan posted a pick in the following thread:I am considering getting a foot long 1 - 1/4" sched 80 PVC pipe to extend the handle.