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hydraulics or actuator

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by carcrz, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I am wanting to find a way to mount an aerator on the back of one of my mowers utilizing 3 mounting points - 2 hinges & 1 cylinder. It will need to have good down pressure as well so it can still get good cores. I just don't know anything about the mechanics of getting it to move up & down & what I would want to use to make it happen. I would like to stay away from hydraulics since it will be used in a lawn & they are harder to mount w/o any leaks. A little advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Check your PM's.....
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Any other thoughts guys? Rob came up w/ an actuator off ebay.

    Sounds like that's the route I'm going to go. Just thought I'd see if there were any other thoughts or ideas out there.

    Basically, it'll be mounted onto the back. On the lower bar there will be two vertically mounted tabs that coordinate w/ the 2 tabs that will be welded to the aerator. These will be hinges once they are hooked together via a hitch pin or something similar.

    The top part of the frame will act as the mounting point for the actuator & will be connected to the back side of the aerator. This will enable me to lift it up when not in use or between grass areas.


    Here's a general idea of the aerator (minus the tow bar & the wheels)

  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I finally got around to working on this little project today. I'll get pics up this weekend. Now I need to figure out how to wire up a 2-wire actuator. Any help on this would be appreciated. Since I need it tomorrow, I'm just going to use alligator clips to make it go up & down by switching wires on the posts.
  5. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    lets see some pics!
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    I'll get them later this week. Restrorob gave me the specs on a switch he used for his helicopter transport gizmothingamajig. Now I just need to pick up the switch @ Napa & remember to have my camera w/ me when I'm at the shop.

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