My MTD 960 is fast becoming one of my favorite working tractors. http://gardentractor...-project-a-960/ One of the things that needed improving was the manual lift for the 3 point. Being long of tooth the manual lift is a real chore for this old man to operate with the rear blade attached. Did a lot of research and measuring and found a suitable actuator (Linak brand) on ebay rated at 6800 Newtons which translates to 1524 pounds of thrust, way more than enough for what was needed. 4" stroke was just about right but 3-1/2" would have been perfect, still it's workable, just need to pay attention to the lift handle position. No new holes, brackets or weldments were required! The only modification was the stud for the scissor lift that extends through the clutch cover had to be ground off. The front of the actuator mounts to a 1/2" stud made from a grade 5 bolt and the rear is attached with a grade 5 bolt to the lift arm. A dpdt momentary switch mounted in the cigarette lighter hole, a fuse, a few connectors and cable ties and we're in business. It sure does make life easier!