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Posted July 25, 2014 - 04:55 PM

This started out as a 220 Steiner front mower with a bad Kubota diesel engine that I replaced with a 425 20 hp Kawasaki engine.

 

The lift is a 1500 lb two stage Presto electric over hydraulic.

 

I am running the lift off the hydro hydraulics and have good speed but no power.The hydro is putting out 1100 psi and the electric unit is putting out 2400 psi so I will convert back to it.I doubt that it will lift 500 as it sits now.It also needs plenty more counter weight to handle more weight.

 

It's functional but crude and not nearly as "refined" as it would be if some of you fellers would have done it.

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Posted July 25, 2014 - 04:58 PM

As long as it does what is was built to do, in the end it does not matter if it was pink with purple racing stripes, goes up quite high.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:25 PM

Looks like a good start to me.  

I would think that your idea of switching back to the electric over hydraulic with 2400 pressure would give it plenty of power.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 05:46 PM

As long as it does what is was built to do, in the end it does not matter if it was pink with purple racing stripes, goes up quite high.

I still envy people"like Ray" that have the time and patience to do the job correctly

Looks like a good start to me.  

I would think that your idea of switching back to the electric over hydraulic with 2400 pressure would give it plenty of power.

Man you are making me feel bad.I was just getting finished,not started. :D

 

It is supposed to lift 1500 lbs with electric but I would like 1000-1200 but I need lots more counter weight.The machine I think is stout enough to handle it


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Thats cool as heck man! Rear steer must be handy as all get out. I agree with ya on the weight though...it takes a bit to realize more capacity.
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Posted July 25, 2014 - 06:49 PM

I like it! Takes a bit to get the bugs worked out of a build! I think you have a solid plan to make it do what you want.


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Posted July 25, 2014 - 09:38 PM

neat machine. I could sure use it.


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Posted July 26, 2014 - 05:46 AM

VERY nice conversion :thumbs:  :thumbs: :thumbs:  

 

That almost looks 'purpose built'.

 

The rear steer is definitely a plus.

 

My Bolens with the Fl attachment is front steer, and while it's handier than pockets on a shirt, it is a bit cumbersome.


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Posted July 26, 2014 - 06:08 AM

Build a big honkin battery tray on the back, put a 8D in it, and switch

it back to electric. You could make the back bracket in such a way, that you could

hang more weights on it too.

 

That would be a very hand rig to have around. Nice project. :thumbs:


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Posted July 26, 2014 - 08:43 AM

Thats cool as heck man! Rear steer must be handy as all get out. I agree with ya on the weight though...it takes a bit to realize more capacity.

That was one of the deciding factors in using this mower and the fact that the foot platform did not stick way out in front like the other models.I had a similar lift installed on the rear of a Power King and it would lift the rear of my truck.This things weighs nearly 300 lbs more than the PK as it left the factory.

I like it! Takes a bit to get the bugs worked out of a build! I think you have a solid plan to make it do what you want.

The diesel ran off the crankshaft end of the engine so I installed the Kawasaki to run off the crank end not thinking that they ran in opposite directions.That was a huge bug.

neat machine. I could sure use it.

OK Just make sure you bring it back by next weekend.I could have dropped it off as I was in Maiden last weekend.How far are you from Maiden?

VERY nice conversion :thumbs:  :thumbs: :thumbs:  

 

That almost looks 'purpose built'.

 

The rear steer is definitely a plus.

 

My Bolens with the Fl attachment is front steer, and while it's handier than pockets on a shirt, it is a bit cumbersome.

I also has two brake pedals and it will almost turn a full circle.Does the Bolens get around off road very well?

Build a big honkin battery tray on the back, put a 8D in it, and switch

it back to electric. You could make the back bracket in such a way, that you could

hang more weights on it too.

 

That would be a very hand rig to have around. Nice project. :thumbs:

I have been thinking about that very idea for several weeks now but due to the cost of the battery and the fact that I have tons of weights(figuratively speaking),I think I will install more weights.I would like to have the rear tires foam filled but I have not checked into finding someone locally who does i.


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Posted July 26, 2014 - 10:44 AM

I could throw a rock and hit Maiden almost. I am about 20 minutes from there.

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Posted July 26, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Very nice idea. I like the look and I'm sure the function will be great. As a guy who has to make people sit thru their forktruck training at work, safety first.... Low and Slow.

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Posted July 26, 2014 - 12:33 PM

I could throw a rock and hit Maiden almost. I am about 20 minutes from there.

Hmmm. I might have some scrap for you in Maiden.I bought several loads of parts but some of them are too far gone and too heavy or large to justify bringing them back to Punxsy with me.It will depend on what the person I bought the parts from wants to do with them.I might be making a trip in Oct for the Arden show.


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Posted July 26, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Very nice idea. I like the look and I'm sure the function will be great. As a guy who has to make people sit thru their forktruck training at work, safety first.... Low and Slow.

I had to put the hood on backwards due to the radiator sitting higher than the diesel radiator.Actually it is just laying on the engine as I have not had time to install it correctly

 

Are these    some of the people you trained?.



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Posted July 26, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Pretty stupid of the driver in the second to last clip to jump out and run.  Lucky he got away without it coming down on him.  It's a safety cage for a reason.






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