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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    The other problem I see with linear actuators (beside the very limited rotation you'd get from one) is that typically they are VERY slow-when the wind changes and the snow is blowing on you, you want that chute to turn NOW! The deflector is less critical and would be a good candidate for a linear actuator.
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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    The other problem I see with linear actuators (beside the very limited rotation you'd get from one) is that typically they are VERY slow-when the wind changes and the snow is blowing on you, you want that chute to turn NOW! The deflector is less critical and would be a good candidate for a linear actuator.
    I don't see how the rotation would be limited if you rig it up in the same manner as a hydraulic cylinder...its basically the same thing from a geometric standpoint. I have one on my blower chuteand the speed is no different from that of a hydraulic cylinder. On my first attempt i used a l/a that was rated at 120 lbs pushing power...it would turn the chute but it was slow and i could hold it back by grabbing it. In the end I used one with 500 lbs push and it works great.

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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelD View Post
    Last time I checked linear actuators were fairly expensive, things could've changed though.
    No one said it was cheap... Looking around on surplus center, a 500lb L/A would be around 180-200 dollars. A similar hydraulic cylinder would be easily half that cost. Though, if you don't have remotes, buying a hydraulic cylinder would be a pretty poor choice. Just thought I'd throw out the option.
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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    Thanks for all the advice guys but I now know what I'm going to do. I'm going with the winch motor for the chute rotation and possibly also the window power motor for deflector.

    I'll post pics when I get it a going.

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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    Here are a few links of interest. I can tell you that a linear for the deflecter works well for me yes a bit slow. but is straight forward to install.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/b...ator-3-pt.html

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...c-options.html

    this one wouldhttp://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/build-yourself/149071-electric-chute-motor-snowblower.html

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/c...e-rotator.html
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/c...-electric.html
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/c...actuators.html
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...c-powered.html
    be of special interest using a motor,
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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    Here's a link to a small tractor website that shows the spout rotator with the cable setup using a window motor:
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    Default Re: What motor for snowblower chute rotation?

    I tried two different motors on mine. The first was too small when things iced up, the second (a Lucas starter motor) was too fast and tore things up. Finally found a hydraulic motor in the scrap heap, but failing that you can get a small winch for under $100....

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