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Remote Chute Deflector Upgrade

Has anyone taken parts from a newer machine and retrofitted an older machine with a dash controlled deflector? I have a vintage Simplicity Snowbuster that seems to be bullet proof. Throws everything. Iím jealous of my fellow forum members and their new machines. Tired of stopping to keep my snow from going where I donít want it. I want to join the world of remote control
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.... I'm sure you could do a retro with a little thought.
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there are vids on guys usung car electric window motors and wiper blade motors.
there also mechanically made ones that turn the chute quicker than motorized ones.
one of these ideas is going to be my summer project.

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i have thought about using a medium sized motor and some threaded rod. the only thing that got me thinking to upgrade to electric is that the chute deflector cable on my 1 machine is $70 to replace if it fails and it sticks until the engine has been running for a few. i am pretty sure i could build something for under $70.

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I love that joystick control, I forget who makes it. Outside of electric controls that is the coolest way to go, should be able to retrofit one of those.
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If it's a manual joystick, I believe Toro makes one like that.

And I just saw a Honda with electric chute controls for left/right, and up/down, using a little joystick. That sounds really cool, as long as nothing with the system fails.

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Just remember with electric controls come problems associated with them , I currently have a spare switch and electric motor for my Simplicity as i am sure they will die in the middle of a storm. 2 expensive spare parts never needed for my old Toro.
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Just remember with electric controls come problems associated with them , I currently have a spare switch and electric motor for my Simplicity as i am sure they will die in the middle of a storm. 2 expensive spare parts never needed for my old Toro.
but cable run controls are really no better for reliability. i figure a switch and electric motor are about just as reliable as cables. the only thing that is super reliable is all manual chute controls where you move it with your hand but really not that convenient.

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A coworker has a Simplicity with electric chute rotation. If memory serves, he had a motor fail already, but I think he said you can use less-expensive motors (maybe car window motors?) as replacements. Any system can have a failure (a slick manual joystick can have a component break). But yeah, the more complicated it gets, the more likely a failure becomes, and the tougher it may be to temporarily work around the failure.

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If it's a manual joystick, I believe Toro makes one like that.

And I just saw a Honda with electric chute controls for left/right, and up/down, using a little joystick. That sounds really cool, as long as nothing with the system fails.
I just got a machine, Simplicity, with electric chute controls. COOLEST THING EVER! I think they're great. With a 3 year warrantee, if they last 3 years, they'll last forever.
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