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Finally tried my sulky

Greetings I managed to try and clear my driveway. Everything works as expected but I had no one to take a vid. Nevertheless I still need a modification to be able to put pressure on the front bucket without adding more weight since after all the blower have to tow my weight. I think I want to add a round metal tubing for my right hand since the dual lock works only for the left side. I need to pull on that tubing to put front pressure so back to the drawing board.
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The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
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Very cool! Did you see the youtube video of a guy that made a sulky similar to the one you made?

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at that point, why not just get a tractor ?




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If you move the axle just slightly forward it may help. Your weight would then put upward pressure at the hitch, similar to lifting up on the handles.
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If you move the axle just slightly forward it may help. Your weight would then put upward pressure at the hitch, similar to lifting up on the handles.
It must do that already..
imagine if you sat on the seat without it being attached to the snowblower,
you would definitely take a fall backwards!

So its already putting some upward pressure at the hitch..
the only question is, how much pressure? and do you need any more?
moving the axle forward would certaintly increase that pressure..
Its also likely you could create too much upward pressure at the hitch! creating too much downward pressure on the bucket! which would then also decrease traction from the snowblower wheels..
Its a tricky balancing act..

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I'm pondering the possibility of a third wheel installed on the sulky tongue. It maybe would help balance everything out?

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Very creative. Here's a thought on your list problem, use the concept of a modified farm wagon for inspriation. Rather than use a trailer ball connection, use a wagon hitch setup with a drawbar pin. Add a freewheeling wheel to the hitch after the blower to take the weight of the rider. That would take the leverage off the front of the blower trying to be lifted by your weight.

Just a thought.
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Very creative. Here's a thought on your list problem, use the concept of a modified farm wagon for inspriation. Rather than use a trailer ball connection, use a wagon hitch setup with a drawbar pin. Add a freewheeling wheel to the hitch after the blower to take the weight of the rider. That would take the leverage off the front of the blower trying to be lifted by your weight.

Just a thought.
Yep. That's exactly the thought I was trying to convey. Great'minds...

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at that point, why not just get a tractor ?
Buffalo the reason I have this set up is because I have MS and cannot walk for more than a 100 feet behind the blower.

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The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
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Very creative. Here's a thought on your list problem, use the concept of a modified farm wagon for inspriation. Rather than use a trailer ball connection, use a wagon hitch setup with a drawbar pin. Add a freewheeling wheel to the hitch after the blower to take the weight of the rider. That would take the leverage off the front of the blower trying to be lifted by your weight.

Just a thought.
Thank you very much for the suggestion, at this point I can put any weight on the seat and it is very close to neutral in terms of weight transferred to the snow blower. The snow just have to pull my body weight and has no difficulty at all doing so but picture yourself sitting on the sulky and your hands on the controls, at that angle I am not very strong to pull on the handles for front pressure. I thought of putting weights on the front bucket but I feel strongly not doing so because the friction disk will take the brunt with my additional weight. At this point I am thinking to add a metal tube with a 1/4' plate to the middle front panel so I can just pull with my right hand to add pressure to the front, I try to keep it simple at this time since my garage is not heated, next warm season I may want to have a freewheel lever at my feet that I can push with my feet to transfer pressure to the front.
I have to think that with any idea I get I have to still be able to raise the front bucket at least 6" for turning and or short distance travelling which at this point it does very well with the trailer hitch attachment. Maybe I don't understand fully what you are trying to convey to me and I'll try with Microsoft paint (yuk!) to make a small pic of what I mean.
In the meantime I'm very open to suggestions and thank you very much for doing so.

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Ariens ST1530DLE, and good ole arm powered scrapper.
The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
by Princess Auto in Canada.
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