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Linear Actuators for a Snow Blower Chute


'Tis the season to be shoveling and plowing. We at Firgelli Automations want to make your winter more jolly in any way we can, and today we are going to help you get your snowplow rigged up for the oncoming onslaught of snow. During the cold winter months, many of us dread those first few snowflakes, all too aware that an ongoing battle to keep sidewalks and driveways clear is about to begin. 
Many of us rely on snowblowers and snowplows to help keep on top of old man winter.Snow Blower with Linear Actuator The problem is when operating the snow blower the chute must constantly be turned and aimed to efficiently redirect the snow. Redirecting the chute can be difficult since both hands are required to control and operate the machine safely. This is where a linear actuator and a simple momentary rocker switch can come in handy. Using a simple setup it will be easy to control the direction of the chute with the simple thumb press of a button. Not only will this allow for safer control of the snow blower but it reduce down-time as there is no need to stop to make adjustments.

Setting up a Firgelli Linear Actuator to control a snow blower chute or snow plow blade is very straight forward. Let us show you some examples and let you know what you'll need to get started!

Parts to Control the Direction of a Chute:

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Typically the 12 volt battery on the tractor is used to power the actuator; be sure to use the fuse included in the electrical wiring kit in the wiring to the actuator to protect it from over-current and prevent damage to the linear actuator. Use the dimensions for the rocker switch, available on the Firgelli Automations page, to cut out a space for the rocker switch in a convenient place on the dash of the tractor. The wiring direction for the switch is located on the same page; the connector and wires are included in the EL-Kit. Attaching the MB1 brackets is straightforward and can be done using a hand drill and bolts. Once the brackets are in place connecting the actuator is as simple as sliding the clevis pin into the clevis hole on the actuator and securing it with the cotter pins.


Parts to Control a Snowplow Blade:

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Just as with controlling the chute of the actuator, it is best to place a fuse between the battery of the tractor and the linear actuator to prevent an over-current situation which could potentially damage the actuator. Most like to have a well placed switch on the dash of the tractor for convenience; go to the rocker switch product page on Firgelli Automations to find dimensions and wiring instructions to make cutting a perfect hole for the switch easy. Mounting the actuator is straight forward using the lever arm for manually operating the blade, replace it with the Firgelli Linear actuator using mounting brackets.

Both of these set-ups are very straight forward and easy to accomplish using only a few parts, which are all available online from Firgelli Automations Inc. Having the ability to operate the chute and the blade of your snowplow with a simple push of a button allows for safer and faster operation, reducing the time it takes to get the job done. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact Firgelli Automations Inc, and ask for assistance.

By Jean-Pierre DeClerck | | How To |
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