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Platinum 24 - Floating Chute - Adjustment?

After 2 snowfalls this week, I am noticing the chute seems to float freely back to center (from left and right) when throwing a good load of snow. This is a new issue this year on a 3yr old machine.

What/where is the adjustment to tighten this down just a bit to ONLY move when I manipulate the handle?

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After 2 snowfalls this week, I am noticing the chute seems to float freely back to center (from left and right) when throwing a good load of snow. This is a new issue this year on a 3yr old machine.

What/where is the adjustment to tighten this down just a bit to ONLY move when I manipulate the handle?

Thanks,

Mark
Mark - I'm not as mechanical as many folks on this forum.

But, I attended a landscape trade show in Boston a few weeks ago, at which Ariens/Gravely exhibited. I spoke to the folks from Ariens, and asked them about adjusting the chute on my new Platinum 24 (I was encountering a bit of friction).

They showed me how to adjust the chute's point of engagement, which may remedy your issue.

Next to your chute, you'll see a black plastic housing that covers the chute gears (which connect to lever on your dash).

Remove the brass-colored nut on top of the housing, which will allow you to remove the housing and expose the gears. Suspended just above the gears, you'll see two nuts on a horizontal thread. Moving those nuts will adjust the engagement point of the chute, controlled by the lever on your dash.

I hope that helps.
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Thanks Strato, will take a look. I was looking more at the dashboard end of things (lever mechanism seems a little sloppy). Makes sense the adjustment would be under that housing.

Warmer temps tomorrow should make for happy fingertips.

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Problem is magically gone. I removed the housing and observed the retaining mechanism working exactly as expected.

This machine lives outside in the winter under the deck with a sheltering roof. Temps are in the 50s today, so could have been something frozen in the mechanism/cables previously, now melted away.

I guess I am good to go!

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