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Has anyone used a 12 volt linear actuator as an implement lift?

After using the rototiller on the 1050 yesterday, I really want a power lift. I know the hydraulic kits are out there, but they aren't getting easier to find. I forgot the about the one on eBay until after it was closed.

I was thinking about some different ways of making one, such as using a power steering pump, or a hydraulic powerpack, then I saw some 12 volt linear actuators. It looks like a 6" stroke would be about right. It seems like intermittent use wouldn't hit the battery and generator too hard, and there wouldn't be any pump/lines/cylinder to leak oil.

I think one could be adapted to fit pretty easily, and they're not too expensive.

Think it would work?
 

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You could use an electric actuator pretty easily. Make sure you get one with the proper throw and torque rating. Cub Cadet used an electric lift and so did John Deere and a couple others I believe. A hydraulic one would be nicer because it would be faster and heavier duty but like you said they are not the easiest to come by. I think member Tweidman added an actuator to his Massey. I am pretty sure it is on here in the Massey forum if you search for it.
 
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I've done alot with actuators. Just remember when you use a rock shaft your weights change due to leverage and pivot points. Actuator weight capability is based on a dead pull. Any dpdt switch will work. I prefer ones with momentary on/off.

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The Hydraulic lifts are not hard to find and would be alot easier to install and you would be keeping your tractor original.......
This is the thought in the back of my head. The instant gratification, gotta have it right now part of me wants to get an actuator, and get it done yesterday, but I think Im going to keep looking for a lift kit.
 

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I've got a cylinder and spool valve off a 520h I would sell. I don't have any of the brackets.

Heck if you wanted to go hi tech I've got a gear reduction steering set as well.
 

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This is the thought in the back of my head. The instant gratification, gotta have it right now part of me wants to get an actuator, and get it done yesterday, but I think Im going to keep looking for a lift kit.
Remember, they are only original once and once you start Drilling holes and making modifications there's no turning back.
 

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So.....

Anyone got a hydraulic kit they want to get rid of? Or know of one?

Thanks,

Bob
 

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My Simplicity 7117 has a factory electric lift on it. No pumps, hoses, valves, or leaks. I actually kind of like it. :thumbs:

Thinking about putting one on the Kubota G4200 to lift the snow blower.
 

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Has anyone used a 12 volt linear actuator as an implement lift?

After using the rototiller on the 1050 yesterday, I really want a power lift. I know the hydraulic kits are out there, but they aren't getting easier to find. I forgot the about the one on eBay until after it was closed.

I was thinking about some different ways of making one, such as using a power steering pump, or a hydraulic powerpack, then I saw some 12 volt linear actuators. It looks like a 6" stroke would be about right. It seems like intermittent use wouldn't hit the battery and generator too hard, and there wouldn't be any pump/lines/cylinder to leak oil.

I think one could be adapted to fit pretty easily, and they're not too expensive.

Think it would work?
honestly I would try to find a pump where you could mount it like the original and run it from the engine.. I think it would be hard or be costly.... I have a nice complete lift on the shelf but I have plans for it but there were some that pop up on ebay but there pricey, I would try an find a tractor with one on it take it off an sell the tractor that would be cheaper then just finding one separate
 
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honestly I would try to find a pump where you could mount it like the original and run it from the engine.. I think it would be hard or be costly.... I have a nice complete lift on the shelf but I have plans for it but there were some that pop up on ebay but there pricey, I would try an find a tractor with one on it take it off an sell the tractor that would be cheaper then just finding one separate
Thanks, that's what i have decided to do. I'll keep looking for a lift, or a tractor with one on it.
 
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