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Lifting blower by handlebars?

The step up to get in my shed is about 10-12Ē off the ground. When putting it away I found it easier to roll the blower up to the shed and tilt the auger housing up until itís sitting inside the shed and then just lift the whole weight of the back of the blower up on that pendulum and then scoot side to side until the wheels are in.

It feels solid when I do it but are those bolts and that design holding the handlebars designed for that type of torque?

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because I am cheap and do not like to put more strain on my back than necessary , I would grab an old pallet and cut one end to make a ramp then cut blocks to required height to meet door and drive it up.
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I would think it wouldn't hurt. I'd do it, if needed.

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because I am cheap and do not like to put more strain on my back than necessary , I would grab an old pallet and cut one end to make a ramp then cut blocks to required height to meet door and drive it up.


I have a little ramp built but sometimes - like today, Iíll pull it out and let it sit in the sun or clean it off or whatever and donít necessarily want to start it up just to drive it 2í back in the shed. Plus itís sometimes slippery and I havenít yet run some kerfs across it to help with that.


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Build a ramp , pressure treated .... 4x4 coming off shed, probably 3 or 4, 4 ft lengths, hanging on joist hangers also .... then some 3/4 p.t. boards crossing over them.
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To answer the question, that will be, yea it is ok until they break. Unfortunately metal gets weaker the more times it is stressed in one location and as well add in some rust on the inside and you increase the chance of something happening.
The handles have been engineered to accept the downward pressure needed to operate it for such as turning or backing up or motoring forward.
The weakest point will be where the first bolt hole is on the handle towards the operator where it is attached to the frame.
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To answer the question, that will be, yea it is ok until they break. Unfortunately metal gets weaker the more times it is stressed in one location and as well add in some rust on the inside and you increase the chance of something happening.

The handles have been engineered to accept the downward pressure needed to operate it for such as turning or backing up or motoring forward.

The weakest point will be where the first bolt hole is on the handle towards the operator where it is attached to the frame.


Okay thanks. I thought there may have been the chance that they would be designed for this torque.


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Buy a set of these and attach boards 2X8's or 2x10's. You can screw to floor of shed and leave them there if door closes properly or leave them loose and remove them when not needed
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Ive had the handle on the right side of my 2008 honda HS928 break under normal use. So in my opinion, do not put undue stress on the handles. I repaired the handles myself in my shop. The price I was quoted for a new set was $300. + So Im a bit more conscious of the stress I apply to the handle bars.
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Buy a set of these and attach boards 2X8's or 2x10's. You can screw to floor of shed and leave them there if door closes properly or leave them loose and remove them when not needed
I have a set of those I've been using since 1986 (33 years) to get stuff in/out of my pickup truck, they still work fine. Cheap, quick & easy, what's not to like?
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