Option 1: Factory setup. Most go this route.
Option 2: Replace factory battery charger with a 12 volt battery. Easy plan for those not using factory charger, but rather an off board charger.
Option 3: Buy 36 volt DC to 12 volt DC converter. This option intrigues me as these fairly compact converters are available for golf carts, and for a cheap one rated for 15 amps of 12v output can be had for around $35. For one with an output of 30 amps (the fused rating on the lift motor) it is about $100. So this option is fairly easy, but gets expensive quick if more than 15 amps is needed, as these cheap converters are still made in other countries. I can't test how many amps the stock motor pulls (with my new meter) raising the mower deck all the way as the mower deck on mine is both raised and supporting the front of the dismantled tractor.
Option 4: Change out stock lift motor assembly with custom 36 volt lift motor system. This option is pretty challenging, but had been done in the past according to Sparky, and those units were recalled (go figure).
Option 5: Create an entirely new lift system utilizing a 36 volt actuator. This option weighs heavy on my mind, but not sure about range of motion. Not to mention the design would work fine on the blade, but interfere with the mower.
Option 6: Check self into insane asylum. This option is the only one left if all others are total failures...
Ok guys, time to hash this all out and see what everyone thinks, or likes. As this has been driving me crazy, and I don't know the best solution yet. My scenario is based on these three variables. I don't want to pull off my battery pack unevenly. My on board charger is being replaced with a modern on board charger (extra battery option not possible). And I do plan to find a solution better than Option 6 lol.
Edited by wvbuzzmaster, December 18, 2012 - 02:37 AM.