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post #1 of 13 Old 01-31-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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How do you convert old style clutch to 'deadman" style

I just bought an old 1971 Ariens SnowThro Mdl 910955 with the suicide clutch (release and it runs away).

Does anyone know how (or how hard) it would be to convert to the later style of operation (hold to engage)?

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I have a 69 with the as you call it suicide and 72 with out. I prefer my 69 over the 72. I would have to flip them over side by side to see how it could be done. Only thing is the 69 is at my other house right now.

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The only way I am aware of is to somehow reverse the spring in a manner that would pull the rubber disc away from the friction plate when you let go of the clutch, rather than pull the disc to the plate as with the early models.
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Switching drive

About the only real what I would guess would be to swap out the tractor unit. I suspect there are alot of differences between the 2 style units
Let us know what you come up with.
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If you could reverse the spring inside the tractor to pull the disc away.

Then You just have to reverse the direction the rod moves when you squeeze it.

Depending on whether the lever is on top or bottom.....if you keep the lever where it is and do some creative welding with flat stock you could have a lever stick out the opposite side of where the rod is connected now and I Believe that will turn a push into a pull or vice versa

Hopefully the spring can Be reversed
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I can sort of see you wanting to change this to a degree. But I have been using my 1971 Ariens machine for 31 years now. I do not think that I would want it the newer way. I personally like not having to hold any levers or handles up or down when clearing. Again 31 years being use to this way. I can let go and adjust a mitten, a glove or what ever with not having to stop. Guys may not like that, but I only use her in first gear at a slower pace to keep everything at a nice slow... and steady pace with nothing getting out of control. The few times that I have used my next door neighbors 2000 Ariens, I hated grabbing for the two levers/handles where one is for the augers to engage and the other to move the machine and then letting (which one go) where it will still move the machine and keep turning the augers. To me that is a royal PITA!
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I can sort of see you wanting to change this to a degree. But I have been using my 1971 Ariens machine for 31 years now. I do not think that I would want it the newer way. I personally like not having to hold any levers or handles up or down when clearing. Again 31 years being use to this way. I can let go and adjust a mitten, a glove or what ever with not having to stop. Guys may not like that, but I only use her in first gear at a slower pace to keep everything at a nice slow... and steady pace with nothing getting out of control. The few times that I have used my next door neighbors 2000 Ariens, I hated grabbing for the two levers/handles where one is for the augers to engage and the other to move the machine and then letting (which one go) where it will still move the machine and keep turning the augers. To me that is a royal PITA!
I'm with you 100% I would never consider changing the set up on my dad's '67.
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I like the Old School Clutch on my modified '65. Buy a 73-4 tractor 1/2 or a complete machine. I'd sell you one if you were closer.....
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I sold an older style machine last year to a man with carpal tunnel.....he couldn't use the newer style with the deadman control...too painful
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