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    Default BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    Just got done and I thought it was a timely post that may help others.

    I bought a 4" 110lb linear actuator from AEI - $114

    4" Linear Actuator with Preset Limit Switch "IP65 Rated"

    and their momentary rocker switch for $5.25

    20 Amp, 12 VDC, Momentary Off, DPDT Rocker Switch

    I'm sure there are other brands and suppliers that would work fine. Just look for ones rated at least IP65 - (Totally protected against dust ingress and Protected against low pressure water jets from any direction. Limited ingress permitted).

    I was going to fabricate brackets and mount it behind the chute, but I saw that the factory one is mounted on the side.

    Once I determined the mounting points, I used stainless bolts, nuts and fender washers to create side mounts. I wanted that bolt to be secure on its own, and not held tight by the nut on the other side of the actuator.
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    When 'side mounting', a spacer is needed to keep the actuator body from interfering with the chute operation. I found some poly spacers in my parts collection and machined the one side so it would sit over the nut and flush on the fender.

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    Mounted the actuator with some washers & lock nuts making sure it could move freely on the studs.

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    Here is a picture of the switch on the dash - almost looks stock.

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    Works great in the garage, of course now it won't snow!!!
    2010 BX2660, 60" MMM, LA243 FEL, Grill guard, BX2750D Snow Blower, W.R. Long flat toothbar, American Solutions Grapple

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    Default Re: BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    Awesome!
    I was just contemplating figuring out how to do the exact same thing on my front mounted blower and dropped by here to see what I could find from others like yourself that figured it out. THANKS!
    You've done such a great job and posted such clear pictures that I won't even ask you what the measurements were now

    However I will ask if you could tell me how/where you ran your wires and I'm assuming you've got a "plug style" disconnect for unhooking the wire when you take the blower off. I figured to use a "trailer style" waterproof setup and use dilectric (sp) grease to keep it from getting corroded.
    Al

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    Default Re: BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    I got an 8" off ebay and put on. does a very nice job

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    I use these powerlet outlets on everything. Pricey, but they work good and stay clean when not in use. Free shipping from eBay.

    http://www.powerlet.com/product/lowp...let-socket/285
    2010 BX2660, 60" MMM, LA243 FEL, Grill guard, BX2750D Snow Blower, W.R. Long flat toothbar, American Solutions Grapple

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    Default Re: BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    Excellent setup!

    May I ask what prevents the actuator from over 'shooting' the range of the chute? In other words, what is preventing the actuator from pushing or pulling the chute farther than the guide bolt allows and breaking the sheet metal?
    Last edited by Birdman1970; 01-17-2012 at 12:23 PM.
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    The four inch range of the actuator is a little less than the travel of the sheet metal parts. So it stops nicely before any damage is done.
    2010 BX2660, 60" MMM, LA243 FEL, Grill guard, BX2750D Snow Blower, W.R. Long flat toothbar, American Solutions Grapple

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    Default Re: BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    Quote Originally Posted by mjribeiro View Post
    The four inch range of the actuator is a little less than the travel of the sheet metal parts. So it stops nicely before any damage is done.

    Thanks.....makes sense now. Guess you strategically had to determine where the bolt holes were to go to enable full range of the chute and actuator combination.
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    Exactly. I was having trouble trying to hold the unit while it was operating to get the perfect measurements. I ended up mounting the top first, fully extended the actuator and made sure I could get full extension out of the chute before marking the bottom hole. I must have got lucky since I get all of the chute movement I would want within the throw of the actuator.
    2010 BX2660, 60" MMM, LA243 FEL, Grill guard, BX2750D Snow Blower, W.R. Long flat toothbar, American Solutions Grapple

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    Default Re: BX2750D Snowblower chute actuator project

    Quote Originally Posted by mjribeiro View Post
    Exactly. I was having trouble trying to hold the unit while it was operating to get the perfect measurements. I ended up mounting the top first, fully extended the actuator and made sure I could get full extension out of the chute before marking the bottom hole. I must have got lucky since I get all of the chute movement I would want within the throw of the actuator.
    Never admit 'luck' ... it's all skill
    B3200HSD Tractor, LA504 Front Loader, BH77 Backhoe, B2782A Front mount Snowblower, E1133 Sunshade Canopy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman1970

    Never admit 'luck' ... it's all skill
    I always admit luck instead of skill, that way I won't be asked to do it again.
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