Wanted to pick everyone's brain here and see what I can come up with. I want to run one hydraulic cylinder to raise and lower a front dozer blade for a mount I'm building. I'd like to be able to do it with the hydro's pump/fluid/lines, etc, and not have to buy an elaborate setup of another pump, resevoir, etc. I've heard guys on here ask about tapping into the hydro to run power steering and folks comment that the pump doesnt have enough poop to do it as well as run the drivetrain and the deck lift. But what if I isolated the system? T'ed it, put 1/4 turn valves on and then ran it to another control valve that operated the dozer blade mount? So basically I'm saying isolate the deck lift when I'm not using it by closing that off, and using the hydro's power to operate the dozer blade cylinder....?
How big a cylinder (PSI and stroke length) can I run? I know the stock 145 cylinder isnt that big and I dont think it'd raise it up as far as I want, nor do I think it would survive the punishment it would need to take for a dozer blade. Would I have to put in another resevoir since I'd need more fluid in the system? How would I do that? I've looked at Electric/Hydraulic actuators but I'd need to sell a kidney or risk divorce to be able to afford them. Anyone have any ideas on how to add hydraulics and/or more hydraulic capacity to a 145? I've heard of people using old power steering pumps (and this might be possible cause I dont think I'm going to re-install the rear PTO once I get the tractor rebuilt and could use that bracket/pulley) but I'd still need another resevoir and where in the heck would you find space to put it? Any ideas? Thanks