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long term Power Chute review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by catpride22, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,349

    No problem with wear since the pieces of metal just contact with no sliding or any other sort of action (since it's connected to the deck and nothing else) that could cause wear. (Mounts and operates just like the power chute but it's done manually (as opposed to electrically) by foot.

    But, it actually comes with a little rubber bumper to soften the sound when opening it from a closed position, but that is for deadening the sound of the flap bumping on the metal stop only...I didn't even bother to add the bumper since the sound of opening or closing it can't really be heard over the noise of the mower anyway.

    The flap opens a full 180 degrees and can be used in full "open" or "closed" position only...no in between (as the Power Chute can).

    To the OP, sorry for getting off subject.
    (Southern tide please PM me for any other questions.)
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014
  2. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    The motor fix listed in the Power Chute Design website is only a band-aid fix to reset a motor after it has been slightly tweaked. If a motor has taken a sizeable impact then motor is toast. It is no cure all and has nothing to do with the motors that ship new. I am aware that Power Chute has had a very bad year with a 'new motor' being shipped this year that has ended up being a disaster. The two samples tested well over the winter, but not such great success with the line motor received for consumer use. That is over. They have stopped shipping the current motor.

    They have gone back to their old supplier used over the past several years with much more reliable motors. But, they are in the process of designing there own motors as they now have enough sales to justify the added costs and volumes needed for such a venture.
  3. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Nice was not aware of the bumper stops.
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,250

    This is good news. If they can beef up the weak areas on the motor they will have a great product.

    On another note, a local guy is building ocdc's for the dealer I use. His units use a garage door opener motor. Very strong, but a bit slow.
  5. jrayb39667

    jrayb39667 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    You can partially open the chute. Just close it then press lightly on the pedal to open it as far as you want to. then when you get ready to open it fully just let off the pedal and press it fully to open it completely.
  6. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,349

    I started to add that point but since I was maybe a little off topic I tried to cut the post short.

    But yes, you can hold the GF chute door partially open for a short time (by closing the GF and then holding the pedal partially down to anything below 90 the degrees (half open) position). But, any thing above 90 degrees will cause it to automatically open. It wouldn't be practical to hold the door partially for extended periods of time so that's another eason I didn't mention that.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2014
  7. mpkav

    mpkav LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    Subscribed! I've been wanting a power chute but I'm going to see how this plays out.
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  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    I sent you a PM Stan
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,092

    Dude, get a chute man! :cool2:
  10. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    This years Power Chute motor problems are definitely over as the new motor that was switched to this spring has been discontinued as of a few days ago. The same motors used the past four years are now being used and the first of the 'Power Chute designed' motors are finishing production now. So, at the worse, the same durable motors as in past years no being used with better in-house designed motors coming soon.

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