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Motor Replacement

Motors can be ordered under Shop Online - Accessories - Motor Replacement for a nominal fee. We design our own motors. They are stronger than any auto parts store motors, BUT they still must fail at some point in order to meet OSHA safety standards. They have a higher torque value than is needed to operate a car window. Motors can also be purchased locally from most auto parts stores for a higher price using any of the following parts numbers:


Chassis origins: General Motors parts   12 tooth / right motor

 

 

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

 

Part # 42-127

 

Advanced Auto Parts

 

82326

 

AutoZone

 

42-127 

 

Motors easily last for years on a Power Chute. They can also be damaged in seconds beyond repair. The simple truth is just stay aware from impact of the Power Chute against fixed object (trees, fence posts or trailer ramps and curbs). If a fixed object accidently comes in contact with your mower on the discharge side you want to cheapest part to replace to take the impact and abuse saving the more expensive pieces of your Power Chute and mower deck. In almost every case Power Chute motors last the life of the entire product. Worldwide there are literally millions of these exact motors making millions of operations a day. There are thousands of  Power Chutes with original motors in operation for over 10 years now. But, it has limitations. There is a built in limit to the motor's torque value. The motors are made to exert so much pressure before they will intentionally fail. The main gear you see from the outside is press fit into the center housing and main gear made of hard nylon. There is no such thing as an all steel gear motor as this is the piece used for the safety relief. On the backside of the outer steel gear you see there is a steel post in a 'D' shape that fits into a 'D' shaped hole in the nylon gear.

If the chute is impacted against a fixed object this will 'jerk' the linkage back against the motor gear and this will either pop the D post out of the inner gear or start to widen this D shaped hole in the gear. Now the motor will stop working all together (if the impact is hard enough) or slowly get weaker as the D shaped hole enlarges thru use.

A few points:

-Be extra careful when the chute is being used at an angle (partially open).

-When positioning the chute to be partially open ALWAYS close the chute fully and tap it up with the controller. This is much easier on the chute than trying to stop it with the foot pedal when it is falling downward.

-Never transport with the chute closed or partially open. You can cause damage on curbs, trailer ramps, etc. 

Two motors are severily tested for strength and reliability in every 250 motors delivered to us. Every motor and Power Chute is tested for proper operation before leaving the company. Every motor and every Power Chute. Motors are tested for longevity and are also waterproof tested. Motors can be purchased thru us or bought locally at most auto parts stores. All motor numbers are listed in your installation instructions for local purchase options.

Simply remember to take the old motor with you to the parts store as they will want it as a core charge or have to charge you extra for the new motor. Auto parts stores usually charge between $36 and $110 per motor plus tax and core charge. The overall failure rate of new Power Chute original motors is less than 3 % . That's less than 3 motors per 100 Power Chute new sales and can be attributed to two factors: New product learning curve which ends after the operator gets used to a new device attached to the mower or employees that show signs of being hard on equipmet overall. The original motors used are the most powerful, reliable and durable motors found worldwide and with no care can last the life of the Power Chute.

 

But, as with every product made worldwide it has limitations. There is a built in limit to the motor's torque value. The motors are made to exert so much pressure before they will intentionally fail. The main gear you see from the outside is press fit into the center housing and main gear. When the torque limits are exceeded the gear will literally 'pop' free of the fitting and can be moved by hand. This allows safety to people and equipment in operation.

Power Chutes can take more abuse when they are all the way closed as they sit firmly against the frame of the mower deck. They now have built in stops to take more abuse when the chute is in the fully up position. The only key to remember is that a Power Chute motor is vulnerable in a partially open position. When an object is struck the impacted chute 'jerks' the linkage directly back into the motor and can (but not near always) free the outer gear from the motor transmission. Simply keeping in mind that you want to avoid impact of the Power Chute with a fixed object when the chute is partially open will remove almost all motor damage concerns.

Two motors are severily tested for strength and reliability in every 250 motors delivered to us. Every motor and Power Chute is tested for proper operation before leaving the company. Every motor and every Power Chute. Motors are tested for longevity and are also waterproof tested.

Motors can be purchased thru us or bought locally at most auto parts stores. All motor numbers are listed in your installation instructions for local purchase options. Simply remember to take the old motor with you to the parts store as they will want it as a core charge or have to charge you extra for the new motor. Auto parts stores usually charge between $36 and $110 per motor plus tax and core charge.

The overall failure rate of new Power Chute original motors is less than 3 % . That's less than 3 motors per 100 Power Chute new sales and can be attributed to two factors: New product learning curve which ends after the operator gets used to a new device attached to the mower or employees that show signs of being hard on equipmet overall. The original motors used are the most powerful, reliable and durable motors found worldwide and with no care can last the life of the Power Chute.

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