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The original add-on hydraulic lift is difficult to come by. I keep an eagle eye on ebay for them and usually get outbid for the reasonably priced ones. So the other day in Agri Supply I notice they sell all manner of hydraulic parts and it got me to thinking about custom building one for my 1050. Has anyone every tried this? If so please let me know how it went.

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I dont know of anyone who has attempted a home brew Hydraulic lift but I would imagine you would spend the same amount if not more in fabricating one than what a good used one would cost you. The used Hydraulic lifts were bringing around $400 a few years ago but have seemed to have gone down in price the last few years and you can usually get them for around $200-$300 which is not a bad price in my opinion.
 

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hello eric we're not far apart keep on we're going to have a whole herd of n.c. boys on this forum good to hear of you . in Christ
 

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There seems to have been a couple of guys that used automobile power steering pumps to 'roll their own' hydro lifts.

I like the idea of using one of the hydrostatic tube frames for donor parts.
 

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Nice to hear from you goodnews, not a lot of Bolens fans or Bolens tractors down here in the south. I lucked up on mine one day on Craigslist, but they are incredibly rare.
 

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I'm looking for a hydraulic lift for my 1050 tubeframe as well. Might have to start looking onto making my own as i work on hydraulic machines almost daily, just wish i had a better idea of what the orignal setup looked like and how it was attached.
 

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I'm looking for a hydraulic lift for my 1050 tubeframe as well. Might have to start looking onto making my own as i work on hydraulic machines almost daily, just wish i had a better idea of what the orignal setup looked like and how it was attached.
The parts manual for the early Bolens hydraulic kit is here: http://gardentractortalk.com/forums/files/file/1884-hydrolic-lift-old-style/

I thought the installations instructions for the kit are also in the Manuals Forum,but I don't see them.
 

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Yeah, I thought it was there too.

Anyway, here it is:

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I'll upload it to the manuals section. Anyone have any advice as to where? Should it go into the tube frame attachments section,?
 

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eblanks, I am working on building my own setup for a 1253 I have. it wasn't necessarily the money, but the fabrication I was after. that being said I have learned a little along the way. I will be using a power steering pump from a dodge neon, mainly because it was free. also it is fairly compact. what I have found out is that the engine turns counterclockwise and most power steering pumps turn clockwise. so be mindful of that. I did find a PS pump that is counter clockwise, from a 2005 honda civic. this would make fabrication easier, but alas it was not free lol. found a dual acting cylinder at surplus center for 55 bucks or so. it is a parker, has a 6 inch stroke and is about 8.5 inches long compressed.it fits nice, it is already mounted to a plate that I built to bolt where the original went (on top side of transaxle). so that leaves a control valve, lines and a reservoir. control valves can be whatever, but for a Dual action cylinder I think it has to be a dual action valve and for the PS pump it has to be open center. i will build my own reservoir or lift one from a junk yard car for cheap. hope this helps in some way.
 
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