Toro 724 (1980) Question Drive Control - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 02-04-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Toro 724 (1980) Question Drive Control

Howdy guys,

Decided to pop in and ask those "in the know" how to accomplish something. I've bought a Toro 724 (1980) model 38050 and noticed that it does not have a lever-type drive control on it. The drive control is via a "shifter" ala 3-speed forward, 2-speed reverse or neutral. I figured this model is so old that a lever-type contol was not available at the time. My question is this, can a lever-type clutch be added or retrofitted to this beast? It's a bit cumbersome to have to constantly switch gears and would be nice to just let off the handle to make the wheels stop. I am moderately inclined mechanically, but don't know a whole lot about snowblowers. Didn't see anything in the manual referencing such a feature. So what do you say guys? Am I barking up the wrong tree or can it be done for cheaper than it would cost me to buy a new one? The thing runs great.

Last edited by LithiumCobalt; 02-04-2013 at 09:00 PM.
LithiumCobalt is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 Old 02-04-2013, 10:30 PM
Senior Member
 
td5771's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: long island ny
Posts: 1,118
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 27
Likes (Given): 2
Likes (Received): 57
The letting go of the handles and having it stop immediately I get.... but even the newer machines with the lever clutch you have to let the lever up and stop the machine to change gears. 2 hands needed, 1 for the clutch lever and 1 to change gears.

I personally liked your style, 1 hand does both. like the old gilson or lawnboy unitrol models. just sold one, what a great trans and shifter set up, simple, smooth and with on hand on the handle and one on the shifter--one shot--stopped the machine when pulled back, over a bit and back into the next gear going forward. seamless, see the controls in the pic

another I didnt want to get rid of but I cant keep them all.

I can picture in my head what to do but hard to explain.

with the shifter in neutral hook a spring to it and mount the spring towards the operator so the spring would be stretched when in forward gear.

opposite the spring going forward connect a cable running to a side handle bar and a lever.

line up the gear you want and squeeze the lever and push shifter into gear.........spring will be under tension....let go of lever and the spring will pull the shifter back to neutral.

Hope thats as clear as it is in my head but prob not.

just thinking out loud

Last edited by td5771; 02-19-2013 at 09:16 PM.
td5771 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome