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Chute control mods

I have limited space to put snow, so I want to blow it exactly to where I want it. My Simplicity did not have a remote deflector, so I added one using parts I ordered for a newer model. The hardest part was filing out the notches in the cover I made for the handle to lock into place. I also added two nylon blocks to keep the rotator handle exactly where I set it instead of vibrating down to the 6 o'clock position.
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I've noticed the trend of inverting the chute deflector cable to come in from the top. While it's gangly looking, I'm sure it helps keep water from penetrating and freezing.

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another option is to inject premixed automotive anti freeze in one end(highest) till it drips out the lowest end additives in antifreeze are lubricating enough for a cable and they dont freeze

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I just realized I failed to let you know it looks like a great modification. Be sure to let us know how well it works out.
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Thanks, It should be a real treat to operate compared to last year. The deflector works exactly like the one on the newer machine. No more stopping and running around to manually adjust and lock the deflector in position . All the parts cost me $80.00usd with the cable being the most expensive at $28.00. I had to make the cable mounting bracket on the chute and the notched cover, and I trimmed the handle mounting bracket. The plastic blocks hold the rotator where I set it, but still rotates smoothly with no extra effort.
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Since this is a thread about "deflectors", it has gotten me to the point of posting a thought that I have had for a while now.

(My intentions are not to change the subject of this thread.)

We all know that the deflectors are sort of a half squared shape piece that attaches to the top of the chute.

But...............

Which type of deflector adds to the throwing distance better?

Would it be the "C" (kind of) shaped curved top deflector style like I have on my 1971 Ariens machine where it gives you a swooping kind of throw, or........ would it be the flat top deflector style that is on a new(er) Ariens machine where it gives you a more ricochet type of throw?
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Ultimately, a curved one would be better. As an HVAC contractor, I can tell you that a round duct flows better than a rectangular duct. There is more volume and less frictional surface area. It is more difficult though,(i.e. expensive) to make a hinged round duct. That is likely why they are all square now.
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Since this is a thread about "deflectors", it has gotten me to the point of posting a thought that I have had for a while now.

(My intentions are not to change the subject of this thread.)

We all know that the deflectors are sort of a half squared shape piece that attaches to the top of the chute.

But...............

Which type of deflector adds to the throwing distance better?

Would it be the "C" (kind of) shaped curved top deflector style like I have on my 1971 Ariens machine where it gives you a swooping kind of throw, or........ would it be the flat top deflector style that is on a new(er) Ariens machine where it gives you a more ricochet type of throw?
My personal opinion, the straighter the chute/deflector the farther it will throw. Assuming all other things are equal, engine size and such. The deflectors with the little dip at the end would slow the snow down at least some. Impeller size makes the real difference. My MA-210 for my gravelys has a big impeller and a nice round deflector, it throws snow 40-50 feet and that's mounted to an 8 h.p. machine. My old 8 h.p. MTD had a smaller impeller but a straight chute and deflector both squarish but wouldn't throw as far. Neither have the impeller mod that's popular to do.

To the original poster, nice mod and sorry for the hijack.
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Some of the larger, high end models, have a compounding deflector chute. Where it is essentially hinged in multiple locations to provide the smoothest arc.

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