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Papermaker

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Hi--
 
The chute adjustment cable failed on my 1690032, 010887 snowblower.  I ordered one from Jack's Small Engines, part number and description 
2171362SM CABLE .09DIA X 59.00L.  At the time of the order it was in stock. That status was updated quickly to "On order from vendor
Expected 12/17/2021".  Now the status has been further updated to the dreaded "Extended delay from vendor"
 
It's my experience that the delay from vendor statement can mean the part may take months to years to deliver. Does anyone know of a source for the cable?
 
Thanks,
 
--Papermaker
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From the parts diagram it doesn't look too critical for exact sizes and you may be able to make one up from cable (galvanized?) from a local hardware/auto type supply store attaching a fitting on one end, then attach to the spout.  Maybe have it working before it snows much.

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Thanks for the feedback guys! I'm looking for stranded SS cable now. Actually, if I was holding a chute cable in my hand right now I'd think it be pretty "cute".

Papermaker,

 

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The cable/wire rope measures 3/32" in diameter and has an loop on one end. You will have to determine the length. You can purchase from McMaster-Carr.

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Thanks for the comment Bill, Jacks Small Engines notes the length at 59".  I plan a trip downtown today to purchase the some 3/32" cable.

--Papermaker

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3 hours ago, Brettw said:

If you had ever seen an ugly one, you'd know. 

Oh, I have seen some ugly ones!!! On motorcycles, hay stackers, cable scrapers, etc. etc. etc!

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Some of the old walk behind snowblowers used nylon rope in place of cable.  I have used a length of rope in an emergency before and it does work, it is a bit more sloppy than a cable is.  I would think making a new cable would be pretty easy, you could use a cable eye and a clamp on the one end.  Or, get one of these for the end,,,,,

LOOS Eye End Fitting, 316 S.S, Size 3/32 - 16X679|668-3X - Grainger

I am sure other sources would have these as well, I believe you just insert the end of the cable into it and then swage the end, or in laymans terms, hammer the crap out of it to flatten it.:)

 

Steve

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2 hours ago, Papermaker said:

Thanks for the comment Bill, Jacks Small Engines notes the length at 59".  I plan a trip downtown today to purchase the some 3/32" cable.

--Papermaker

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The cable measures 3/32" in diameter and is 59" long as stated.  The "center" bolt connector is 29-1/2" from the loop end.  The loop is 1-1/8" from the top of the loop to where the cable enters the crimp clamp.  

 

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Old garage door spring  cables, along with farm type electric fence crimpers and ferrules work great in a pinch to help make up a blower cable like this.

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I use recoil starter rope (doesn't stretch), much easier to work with and it is more flexible and works better than cable (I have an electric spout turner).   And I just tie it with a knot, no special crimped ends.  I have had one on my snowthrower for 30 years with NO issues, never breaks.

I just used some snowmobile recoil rope I had laying around.

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18 hours ago, MikeES said:

I use recoil starter rope (doesn't stretch), much easier to work with and it is more flexible and works better than cable (I have an electric spout turner).   And I just tie it with a knot, no special crimped ends.  I have had one on my snowthrower for 30 years with NO issues, never breaks.

I just used some snowmobile recoil rope I had laying around.

is this nylon rope ? and what diameter ? this would be a whole lot more flexible than cable !!

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On 12/22/2021 at 4:27 PM, MikeES said:

Yes it is nylon, about 3/16" dia.  

But as he stated in his OP,  it MUST be starter rope cable that won't stretch! Other nylon cables can stretch.

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On 12/21/2021 at 7:17 PM, MikeES said:

I use recoil starter rope (doesn't stretch), much easier to work with and it is more flexible and works better than cable (I have an electric spout turner).   And I just tie it with a knot, no special crimped ends.  I have had one on my snowthrower for 30 years with NO issues, never breaks.

I just used some snowmobile recoil rope I had laying around.

i would like to see a couple of pics of this !

 

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On 12/22/2021 at 4:27 PM, MikeES said:

Yes it is nylon, about 3/16" dia.  

On 12/23/2021 at 11:48 PM, Hick said:

But as he stated in his OP,  it MUST be starter rope cable that won't stretch! Other nylon cables can stretch.

thank you !

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would like to see some pics of what you did and how you wrapped it-number of wraps on the shaft and how you attached it to the chute. i bought my simplicity setup 20 years ago used and even got the instructions with it. have had to replace parts over the years. they  use a gm window motor from back in the 1970's. seem to last forever. i use a heavy duty toggle switch with a long arm on it. any help with tour rope install is appreciated. i have a b&s recoil rope. never hurts to have alternatives. thank you !!--irv

 

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