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 11-14-2007, 17:27 Post: 148248
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I didn't know any other way to word it. I have a McKee Bros. 72" 3 pt blower that I bought used. The chute has a tab on it with 2 i/4" holes in it. Next to the chute is a shaft with a crank handle faceing forward. What am I missing here ? I assume there is a cable setup of sorts to wind the chute around,but I just cant visualize it !






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 11-14-2007, 18:29 Post: 148257
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 McKee Snowblower Chute Operation

Does the crank have a sprially wound wire on the end by the chute that is part of the crank shaft? If yes then it acts as a worm gear. The chute chould have teeth similar to ring gear. The worm gear turns the chute.

If the crank shaft has nothing on the dn resembling a worm gear, then my guess is a cable like you said is employed. There will likely be rust forming where the cable ran around the chute, then back around onto the shaft a couple turns (like a small winch). A spring may have kept the cable taut so that it would always be under tension to keep gripping both the shaft and the chute.

If all else fails just attach a 12" long rod (or longer) of some sort to turn the chute like a handle.

Another option may to be repalce the crank with a small electric motor with a small chain (think: a bicycle wheel and sprocket), or even a small hydraulic motor.






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 11-14-2007, 18:58 Post: 148259
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Unfortunaly , the guy I got it from blasted and primed it(which was OK),but leaves no clues!No gears,had to be done with wire rope.I bought it on the net last spring,dont even remember the guys name.






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 11-14-2007, 19:57 Post: 148263
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Trbomax, Your description of the mechanism for the chute piqued my curiosity of how it worked so I did some web searching. This web site has several of the McKee snow blowers for sale and most have photos that can be enlarged. Even if it's not your exact model it may offer some idea as to how it was setup. Hope it's of some help, Steve.






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 11-14-2007, 20:30 Post: 148266
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Justus,

That's a new one on me. Thanks for the link.

There's a wire rope (steel cable) that wraps around the shaft. From there it goes around the chute. It then wraps around the shaft again on the other side, but wrapped in the opposite direction on the opposite end. On one end the cable is wrapped clockwise, and other, counterclockwise........much the same as the steering system on an old wood boat I once had.

When turning the crank in one direction, the wire rope is wound onto the shaft on one end, and spools off the other end. When turning the crank the opposite the direction, the rope winds up on the opposite end this time, and spools back off of the other end.

Interesting. I wonder if this system actually works? Seems simple enough.....maybe too simple?

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 11-14-2007, 20:37 Post: 148268
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Interesting pics.It DOES work like old outboard steering.I wonder if th cable would be attached to the chute at the tab in one of the holes,wrapped 1 full turn around the chute,then around the shaft ccw,thru the hole in the shaft,then cw around the shaft,back to the chute,around 1 1/2 times to the other hole in the tab. Is this what you were thinking ?






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 11-14-2007, 21:48 Post: 148269
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Joel gave a pretty good description there (And probably brought back memories of that old boat). I think you're going to have to get some cable and start experimenting with the configuration of the cable and what it may attach to. There shouldn't be too many options. Coated cable would be nice if it was flexible enough. Good luck, Steve






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 11-14-2007, 23:16 Post: 148277
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Great,that is on for tomorrow !Now to the second question. It seems to me that the solid ,square piece of the shaft only slides in to the sleeve end about 4".This is the minimum measurement,it is in there about 5 1/2" at times.Is this enough,or do I need a longer solid section ?






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 11-14-2007, 23:18 Post: 148278
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Sorry,that would be the pto driveshaft I am discussing.






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Trbomax,

When used at full capacity (deep drifts) your 72" blower will eat up a tremendous amount of power from your tractor. I don't believe 4 or even 5 inches of contact with the drive shaft will be enough. You could easily twist the drive shaft off.

I'd replace the drive shaft.

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