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2018 John Deere 44" snowblower lift problem

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I've just installed a 44" JD snowblower model # BM26888 onto an E120 Lawn Tractor. I've followed the instructions from the manual as best I could (the manual is not the greatest), and I've run into a bit of a problem. The lift/lower mechanism is malfunctioning. When I try to lower the snowblower to the ground from the transport position, it will not lower correctly. The left side of the blower hits the ground so that side is fine, however the right side remains high and dry. It looks like the operator lifting control arm is hitting another chrome steel bar which has a spring attached to it. I'm wondering if this is the problem. The hitch assembly came as a complete unit; everything installed except the operator control arm. Should the lifting arm have free travel? Or is the spring arm in the way. Design flaw maybe? Any ideas?
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Here is a pic of my son's 44" John Deere blower ready to be installed on his tractor. Does this look like your setup?
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Here is a pic of my son's 44" John Deere blower ready to be installed on his tractor. Does this look like your setup?

Thanks for the reply! No, that is not the same as my snowblower. That one is the previous model. This model is in 3 pieces; housing, hitch and mule drive. Each piece is installed separately on the snow blower. I used to have one like that one. Works great! Word of warning; anytime you see a non-locknut or nylock fastener, replace it with a locking nut or use thread lock. The nuts and bolt shake off that unit in no time!. Your photo depicts a long black operators handle. That's the handle that appears to be binding up on my unit.
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Thanks for the reply! No, that is not the same as my snowblower. That one is the previous model. This model is in 3 pieces; housing, hitch and mule drive. Each piece is installed separately on the snow blower. I used to have one like that one. Works great! Word of warning; anytime you see a non-locknut or nylock fastener, replace it with a locking nut or use thread lock. The nuts and bolt shake off that unit in no time!. Your photo depicts a long black operators handle. That's the handle that appears to be binding up on my unit.

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THE Canadian RAD air farce strikes again with the 44 inch junk.


You need to move the arm that attaches the spring to the lift so that the spring hanger arm is above the lift arm. that involves rotating the right arm 180 degrees so its above the lift handle tube as the lift arm is binding against the spring hanger arm.

It would make too much sense for them to make a single stage snow thrower again with less building required.

Don't feel too bad they shipped my JD junk short of parts from Canada and it took 7 years and another dealer to tell me that they had a service bulletin for the 44 inch units that described the missing parts that were required.

ALL HAIL THE SINGLE STAGE SNOW THROWER.




JD strikes again.

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That did it!! Thanks for the help!
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Its the least I could do to make up for the junk they both make.
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