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Power Chute design OCDC Review with Customer Service info.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by gravelyman50, May 25, 2014.

  1. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,353

    I should call, I apparently got one of the bad ones.

    Funny thing is, first or second day, we did hit something and bent the flap itself, but the motor continued to work fine........for a few more days. Then it just quit, after not hitting anything.
  2. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    Actually the motor was weakened and jarred from the motor gear inner fitting with the initial strike. After that the motor slowly loosened itself completely out of the fitting to fail completely.
  3. 3Bladz

    3Bladz LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 168

    Maybe a pair of springs holding a sliding shaft would isolate the impacts. Other than being too delicate in my opinion, it's a slick setup.
  4. Mobius396

    Mobius396 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    I just installed the blade blocker from trimmer trap. It works pretty good, and is a simple design. Although I've tried very hard not to hit it on anything, I still seem to hit something with it just about every day. I couldn't imagine spending twice as much for a power chute and having something so fragile attached to my deck.
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  5. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,554

    Yep we all got use to side view mirrors.
  6. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,101

    I've been running Quikchutes for a few years on 3 different mowers and never had a failure yet. I like the idea of the powerchute but feel there are too many failure prone(off the shelf) parts incorporated into the unit that can't handle the harsh environment we work in . That's why I like the Quikchute, it's simple stupid but well engineered and just works 5-6 days a week while taking it's fair share of whacks.
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,353

    If this was in reply to me, I can assure you that the initial strike would have caused the motor gear to fail. We had to remove the shield and straighten it out, that was how hard the hit was.

    I used MasterChutes extensively when they first came out and had the same problems. I was hoping the design had improved.
  8. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    With more than 8,000 Power Chutes in use. Operated daily by private individuals, local, State and Federal government. Every branch of the military and universities, hospitals and golf courses in North America, Australia and New Zealand and northern Europe. Continual engineering, design testing in house and by nine different LCO's throughout the country for near 10 years now.

    All parts are made by Power Design's own hands or by suppliers to Power Design's own in house specs including the motors that they now have manufactured to their own higher torque specs. Not one part is off of the shelf or made for any other purpose than to be part of a Power Chute.

    A motor will rarely fail immediately from a strike, but be weakened as the initial strike will drive the outer gear internal stem out of the press fitting inside the gear box. After that the following use will more and more widen the internal 'D' shaped gear shaft out of the 'D' shaped internal female port until it is round and will no longer hold the outer gear properly to be able to hold the weight of the chute up or down.

    With hundreds of motors dissected, examined, reengineered and redesigned Power Chute Design is fully committed to the product and the people that rely on them.
  9. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,569


    What is your exact association with Power Chute Design?
  10. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Posts: 3,324

    Pretty sure this post was from Norm.

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