Was thinking of the 12v hydraulics systems that are available here in the uk, included with a ram for £300. Don’t think it would be too bad for my custom bolens, possibly a linkbox?
I have thought about using one of those but one of my concerns is they take up a bit of room - not sure it would be any less expensive than what I am doing. The other thing is they would require a good battery and perhaps a better charging system than what the starter generator would put out on my 1053 if you were using it constantly such as doing multiple passes blowing snow or lifting a blade. They require a good heavy battery cable run to the electric motor to provide the proper voltage and amperage as the electric motors can draw almost as much current as a starter motor. You would still have to fabricate a bracket to mount it, figure out a control valve and plumb the hydraulic hoses to a lift cylinder.