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post #1 of 51 Old 01-11-2015, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking outside the box.

Hi gang once in a while it happens and this time after coming in the house with 1/2" of snow covering one side of my tuque and part of my face, I asked myself why oh why is the chute only enclosed on 3 sides?, I mean the snow we get in the face comes from the opening. Why if the opening was blocked up almost to the chute deflector, I know it is for easier access to unblock the chute but if one would put in a lengthwise door with sheet metal, you could access it the same and mind you with an impeller kit you might not need to unclog the chute. I might just try with duct tape, experiment this theory or is there another reason they leave the chute face opened?

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I have seen at least one person mod theirs with angle iron type stuff and block off both sides leaving only the middle open.

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I have seen at least one person mod theirs with angle iron type stuff and block off both sides leaving only the middle open.
Hmm not quite getting this but here is what I mean and wondering if not for ease of access to clean chute what would be other reasons. On the pic I would close the black portion, any thoughts? and thanks
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You may be on to something there, Norm. Are you going to try it?

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You may be on to something there, Norm. Are you going to try it?
Fa shure, if not to save my pretty face, easy with to test with Duct tape.

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I would think no chute at all would offer the least restriction. Enclosed walls offer the most. So maybe the design is intended to offer the least snow resistance and still be able to direct the snow. if this is true then snow removal efficiency is priority.

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I also feel your pain Normex.

Not trying to be an a22, but what happens when you have wet heavy snow? I could see having all 4 sides enclosed increasing the risk of plugging up.

Maybe fabricate what your adding in removable somehow, for the times one encounters white cow chit (as I call it)

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I feel your pain and encourage the experiment.
I'm happy to get snow in my face, because it means the bloody machine is working. I have a lifetime supply of duct tape, though, so I'm ready to change things up, if you have success.
We live in the country where the wind has no restriction for over a mile so I think you would change your mind when combined with snow from the chute unless you're sadistic.

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I would think no chute at all would offer the least restriction. Enclosed walls offer the most. So maybe the design is intended to offer the least snow resistance and still be able to direct the snow. if this true then snow removal efficiency is priority.
I would agree but the wall with the least resistance aka open end has the least snow touching it and when I meant it is my face that get it.
I wish I could get more insight for the why of the open end if not for just ease of access for unclogging.
Is that this simple of an explanation?

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We live in the country where the wind has no restriction for over a mile so I think you would change your mind when combined with snow from the chute unless you're sadistic.



I would agree but the wall with the least resistance aka open end has the least snow touching it and when I meant it is my face that get it.
I wish I could get more insight for the why of the open end if not for just ease of access for unclogging.
Is that this simple of an explanation?
Norm: I'm going to be watching this thread.....I like your idea. If the tape works and your looking for a more permanent solution. How about a vinyl like the covers for the bed of a pickup....snaps and all. Easy on, easy off.

Thus far our snow has been more like mashed potatoes.....so I would not need it.
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