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Can I switch my levers so they pull up?

I have a Murray 8HP about 19 years old. I find using it to be a lot of work. The drive activation lever is on the left and the impeller lever is right. (This model has the one-handed feature but that stopped working long ago. I figured I better include that info). Here's my question: I'm holding the levers down which effectively reduces the downward pressure on the scraper bar. So I end up lifting the handles with my arms to ensure good contact. It doesn't take too long before I'm just tuckered out from this combined pushing/lifting. What am I doing wrong? Can the levers be remounted so they pull up (that makes more sense to me)? Can I add weight to the front end to avoid the lifting? This is getting kind of tough on this old man.
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add some weight to the front end. switching those levers would be more work than it's worth. I do not think it is even possible anyway. anyhoo ALOHA from the paradise city.

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Yes you can add weight to the front. There's a thread on here that shows where and the amount of steel needed the weigh the front down.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ensions-2.html


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on my machine when I press the engagement levers they are held down by tension and there is no need to press down on the handlebars. maybe you need cable adjustment
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brickcity - are you saying that once the levers are down, it takes only a light pressure to keep them there? I take my SB to Garden Hut in Grand Forks ND, and the guy there told me my cables are adjusted appropriately. Maybe I should try adjusting them myself. Any instructions in this forum somewhere? Also, I'm not a welder or metal fabricator. Is there a "front end weight kit" commercially available? Thanks everybody for your help!
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The commercial ones are nicer looking but you can also just add (bolt down) anything heavy.
https://www.google.com/#q=snowblower+weight+kit

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OMG It seems so obvious now! I added a cab about 2 years ago but never made the "counterweight" connection! I will look into that right away. I will also pursue adjusting the cables so they don't require so much down pressure on the levers. Thanks!
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OMG It seems so obvious now! I added a cab about 2 years ago but never made the "counterweight" connection! I will look into that right away. I will also pursue adjusting the cables so they don't require so much down pressure on the levers. Thanks!


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brickcity - are you saying that once the levers are down, it takes only a light pressure to keep them there? I take my SB to Garden Hut in Grand Forks ND, and the guy there told me my cables are adjusted appropriately. Maybe I should try adjusting them myself. Any instructions in this forum somewhere? Also, I'm not a welder or metal fabricator. Is there a "front end weight kit" commercially available? Thanks everybody for your help!

yes, the pressure I have to apply is hardly noticeable.
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