Here's the antique scissor lift we took out. As you can see, the cap was popped like a nut!
The new system has less square inches of piston area, BUT it starts with more angle at the cylinder. The old system, when lifting a full load of corn sometimes would barely start lifting due to the almost zero angle of the cylinder in the lowered position. Once you got it started lifting, it lifted quite easily. With the steeper start angle of these newer cylinders, I'm hoping it will do just fine. It came off a 20' foot dump bed, so it should do great on our 16'.
I was going to cut these old brackets off tonight, but my tail is dragging too much. Hoping to get a full night's sleep tonight, then hit it first thing in the morning.
I had intended to buy a twin telescopic boom set just like under our old 78 C65, as they are strong as heck. But I would have had to fab a receiver into the bottom of our bed that would have taken at least a day or more, as I'd had to gone a 100 mile round trip for more steel. The seller ensured me this scissor would lift anything I wanted to, and he's been in the large truck repair/fab business 35 years stretching frames, installing hoists/beds.......you name it...he does it. If I had the money ($6500), I'd buy a Ford 8000 from him with Henderson suspension. 230hp Cat diesel, live tandem and 18' steel dump flatbed with stake holes for grain sides. Only 114,000 miles on her.