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OrangeMetalGuy

Counterweight for snowblower?

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OrangeMetalGuy
Mounted the snowblower on my 716H yesterday to check the fit. I also have to measure for the right belt size and test it out. That blower sure is heavy... can I hang a counterweight on the back? I have the rear lift. But I think if I add a weight there, that's just going to add to what has to be lifted instead of counterbalancing it. Is there some way to reverse the action to allow a counterweight?

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Burntime
Scott, check to see if you can set the pin on the jackshaft so they work to help. The other thing you can do is get a heavy spring, jack the blower up as much as you can and connect a heavy spring...that way when you lower it the spring is loaded and it will feel lighter...

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HubbardRA
They made an adapter to fit the rockershaft of the 716 that would reverse the direction that the rear lift moves. I made a few and sold them. I only sold about five, so it wasn't worth my time to make them. If you want to make your own, I think I still have a copy of a writeup that I sent to a couple of other folks. I could email it to you if you send your address. The pictures are too large to send through the site.

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GregB
The other way would be to swap the whole lift shaft assembly for a later one from a 7100/900 series. Then follow the re-routing directions found in the 38" HD Tiller manual. I did that on my 716-6 speed. Really made using the Jonny bucket easier, when it was counter balanced.

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