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Tipping snowblower into "service position"?

Sometime this Spring I'm going to need to replace the friction disc in my 926106. And in order to do this, I evidently need to tip the snowblower up onto its nose into the "service position."

Well, my unit weights - maybe 350 lbs? and I'm certainly not as spry as I used to be. I have tried to use the "brute force" approach, but this brute doesn't have as much force as he used to have, and I didn't get too far. I don't have any sturdy relatives nearby.

So my question is, does anyone have a clever way for one person to do this, or at least to get the tipping started? Ramps? A jack? A hoist? Some clever way to use a long 2 x 4 as a prying lever?
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Simplest method would be to recuit a neighbor, tell them exactly what the expectations are. Also have a few different sized blocks of wood handy. Maybe a few short 2x4 or 4x4 pieces. My Toro 521 needs a block due to the top of the bucket sloping back so much. Before tipping machine make sure the gas tank is close to empty and if not, remove the gas cap and put some plastic over the filler hole and screw the cap back on.
Someone else may have a much better idea but that's the simplest I can think of.
I have to ask..... Have you actually tried tipping it yourself to see if you can do it? 350# is a lot of weight. How big a snowblower do you have? It must be a monster.

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hello old geezer, welcome to SBF!! now that is a problem, maybe getting the wheels on the 2 x 4 will give you enough leverage to tilt it the rest of the way, I was wondering a few years ago if my portable jack would fit underneath

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I don't know what you have around but:

a set of old style car ramps. Back up the ramps and then turn it off and let the front down. Walk around to the front and maybe pull it over forward instead of lifting from the back? Or if comfortable enough, drive forward up the ramps stopping short of going over so you can turn it off. Forward would be more of a balancing act. Backwards it wouldn't have anywhere to fall to as the front would still be on the ground.

Or if you have some time and scrap wood build a platform the size of the machine maybe a foot high, 2 boards to drive up onto the platform then roll the front off slowly and tip the rest of the way from standing position on the platform.
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Or a bunch of blocks and 1 long 2x4. Use the 2 by as a lever and lift a little, put a block under each wheel, lift a little more, add a block, etc. Once it gets going you can finish pulling over from the front.
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If you have access to an open beam or truss you may want to consider using one of these. Block the wheels in the front and lift it.

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Floor jack and jack stands might just do the trick. Anyhoo, ALOHA from the paradise city.

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I don't know what you have around but:

a set of old style car ramps. Back up the ramps and then turn it off and let the front down. Walk around to the front and maybe pull it over forward instead of lifting from the back? Or if comfortable enough, drive forward up the ramps stopping short of going over so you can turn it off. Forward would be more of a balancing act. Backwards it wouldn't have anywhere to fall to as the front would still be on the ground.

Or if you have some time and scrap wood build a platform the size of the machine maybe a foot high, 2 boards to drive up onto the platform then roll the front off slowly and tip the rest of the way from standing position on the platform.
I almost wonder if you could just back it up the ramps and work on it that way....just need to drop the belly pan which can be done with the unit on the ramps. And the ramps would lift it enough to give a little more room to work, all without having to flip the unit into service position.
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The ramps would be in the way, you gotta be 'up close and personal' to work on the insides of the machine.
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If you have fuel in the unit, it's a good idea to turn the fuel shut-off OFF before tilting the machine over; or the float will open the main needle and you'll have fuel all over the place.

And an empty tank is always best; but I read somewhere that a double layer of saran wrap (or any plastic wrap) on the fuel tank inlet with the cap screwed back down tight will seal the Air Vent in the Cap, and keep the fuel inside the tank) . . . . I don't know where I read this (and I've searched); but it works !

Just remember to un-do whatever it is that you did to prevent spillage BEFORE trying to start the Unit again . . . . because it won't start otherwise. I've learned this.

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