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PhanDad

Lift Rod Spring - Purpose?

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PhanDad
What's the purpose of the spring on the lift rod? To put some down pressure on a dozer blade or snowthrower? I don't have any manuals that explain the set up. In the pic below, you can see how the stops are set; they pretty much allow total free float when "down" and a decent amount lift when "up". (the electric lift is in the full "down" position)

I'm guessing I should have the upper collar lower on the rod to apply some spring tension on level ground. Opinions? Thanks.

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ROBBYDOB
Looks like you've got it right to me, the reason for the spring is so you can push down without forcing. Say you hit a bump, or a rock, the spring will take the punishment instead of the rod and linkage. Rob

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SmilinSam
quote:
Originally posted by ROBBYDOB
Looks like you've got it right to me, the reason for the spring is so you can push down without forcing. Say you hit a bump, or a rock, the spring will take the punishment instead of the rod and linkage. Rob
Give that man a cigar....;)

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SmilinSam
quote:
Originally posted by Kent
Didn't they go to these spring-loaded rods when they went to electric lifts -- which do not have a float position?
Right in there somwhere.I have a picture of a 3314 with a 46 inch blade with the rod and collars , but the spring is removed in the picture.

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rokon2813
quote:
Originally posted by Kent
Didn't they go to these spring-loaded rods when they went to electric lifts -- which do not have a float position?
I use the springloaded rod on my little "stiffee" plow on the B 12. Lock it down with just a little tension and it stops most of the "bounce" from the oversized gravel I got. Still have gravel to clean up in the spring but once there is a good hardpack surface, I run without skidshoes and it does a very good goob of scraping the driveway down. I can keep the hardpack thin enough that one good afternoon of sunshine melts the whole driveway. My 2 cents;)

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