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#1 MolonLabe OFFLINE  

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Posted June 14, 2016 - 10:14 AM

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!

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Posted June 14, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Nice job...I used a trim pump and cyls off an old boat on mine..works like a charm.Although not as pretty as yours.

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Posted June 14, 2016 - 12:01 PM

As we get older, we are supposed to get smarter and use more brains than brawn. Nice job. I'm sure going to the power lift tractors. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 14, 2016 - 12:37 PM

That's a nice install especially mounting underneath rather than on the back. I've been researching these as well. I have a Sears SS15 that has a manual lift. I did find out the ELA's are cheaper & better built that are used to move solar panels around. Can you post a link to your supplier. Thanks
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Posted June 14, 2016 - 12:44 PM

That's a nice install especially mounting underneath rather than on the back. I've been researching these as well. I have a Sears SS15 that has a manual lift. I did find out the ELA's are cheaper & better built that are used to move solar panels around. Can you post a link to your supplier. Thanks


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Posted June 14, 2016 - 02:22 PM

Found it!

Glad you found it Jim, these are really well built actuators made in Denmark with all steel gears. I looked at lots of less expensive models but this one won out hands down, not cheap but well worth the money.


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Posted June 14, 2016 - 04:42 PM

  Nice clean install!! Just an observation of mine, but how tough is the motor housing in case some "object" hits it?

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Posted June 14, 2016 - 06:56 PM

  Nice clean install!! Just an observation of mine, but how tough is the motor housing in case some "object" hits it?

                                                      Mike

Mike I only hope I never have to find out how tough the housing is! It appears to be robust and is quite heavy.


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Posted June 14, 2016 - 07:02 PM

Very nice solution to your issue! It looks to be a strong unit!


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Posted June 15, 2016 - 08:32 AM

Nice job...I used a trim pump and cyls off an old boat on mine..works like a charm.Although not as pretty as yours.

Looks good to me. Anything that makes the job a little easier is well worth the effort :thumbs:


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