Hydraulic Lift "switch"
Posted October 26, 2012 - 06:15 PM
Posted October 27, 2012 - 12:39 AM
Just a question about this mount. With the pump that far out, would it be good to put a brace from the frame mount area to where the pump bolts on to it? Since you heated and made the bend, the metal there might be fatigued a bit and crack over time. Might be something to talk over with your welding teacher/ buddies. Just hate to see you do all this to have it break down the line. The pump that far out will try to flex it some with the belt tension. Something to think about, Ryan!
I had the holes machined! They are a little off, but it was free, it was done in one day, and it will still work perfectly! The same student who made up my wheel plates is the one who machined it for me.
Here is a backside view with it all the way out. I can move it in a little over an inch.
I don't see why I wouldn't be able to get the other few holes drilled so I can bolt it to the tractor.
Posted November 10, 2012 - 02:47 PM
After that, I put the pump on so I could see if the belt was straight... perfect! It looks like it has a little turn but that is because each link has a certain amount of movement to it, with tension it is straight.
After I saw everything checked out ok to this point, I put a vertical support as Kenny suggested. I decided to burn two holes into the back of the main part of the bracket and plug weld it on. I don't know what made me want to use this method.
I will make the handle later today sometime.
Posted November 10, 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted November 10, 2012 - 10:47 PM
I took off the manual lift lever and the ratchet part. I put on the hydraulic cylinder and arm to see what I was working with. The line towards the front of the tractor goes over the foot rest.
I strongly dislike that, I can't shake the feeling that I am going to forget it is there and hit it with my foot and damage something. I want to flip the cylinder over so that the lines are on the bottom of the cylinder. The problem is that the 90 degree fitting is not long enough and the line hits the frame. Does anybody know if these are available in different lengths?
I also found another problem! The rear mount for the cylinder is slightly different on this tractor then it was on the tractor that the hydraulics came from. With the different position, part of the cylinder hits on the lift arm. It is a little hard to tell in this picture.
In order to fix this, I have to notch out part of the arm. Also, since I will not be using rear implements I do not need the part that sticks above where the cylinder mounts to it. Because I don't need that length I want to get rid of it. I have not decided if I am going to modify this one, or just make a new one.
- KennyP said thank you
Posted November 11, 2012 - 08:46 AM
I'm with Al on changing the fittings, I have seen some longer 90's out there.
Posted November 11, 2012 - 09:17 AM
Posted November 11, 2012 - 10:01 AM
Posted November 11, 2012 - 12:03 PM
Posted November 11, 2012 - 02:06 PM
Rory, I like that idea! If I can't find anything else that will likely be the route I take!
The ratchet gear for the lift was spaced 2 inches out from the frame. The back just had a bolt with a spacer, the front went onto the pivot for the brake pedals. Because of the spacing, the pivot would stick out two inches farther then it would if it was hydraulic lift from the factory.
I did not want it to stick out so I cut off two inches, and put new threads onto it. It had a lock nut on it, and it was rusted, very tight! I put some heat to it and it moved, it stopped so more heat, again it stopped and I heated it again... this time the nut started to come off of the rod and the threads must have gotten to hot because I twisted the nut on the rod. I am going to need to get another nut to put onto it.
I ground out the side of the lift arm where the cylinder hit, and it cleared! But now I found a larger problem... the hole is to close to the pivot and the cylinder can't extend all the way! Even the other hole is to close! I am going to have to make another arm with the hole in the general location that I put the chalk mark.
With the hole in that spot, the cylinder will go up farther, and I will need to extend the elbows out even farther!
When writing this I could not help but think about the problems some of us would go through, just to avoid pulling a lever! But I can't stop now... it has become personal!
Edited by Ryan313, November 11, 2012 - 02:08 PM.
Posted November 11, 2012 - 02:33 PM
Posted November 11, 2012 - 02:44 PM