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Old 06-23-2006, 09:36 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to this forum so I would like to start off by saying what I have read through has allowed me to kill a lot of time and relax. I really enjoy reading through all the forums. I have an idea and was wondering if it is a good one or not. I have a newer Simplicity Broadmoor 16 Vanguard V-twin. I have an older Simplicity Plow and hitch that fits my tractor. However the lift lever doesn't so I got a winch and mounted that to the tractor to lift the plow but then got to thinking how cool would it be to be able to rotate the plow from the seat of the tractor. So I began looking at linear actuators. Has anyone tried using one of these for this sort of application? How did it work? Do they work ok in cold weather? Or is this a stupid idea and I should just get off the tractor and manually angle the blade?

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Glad to have you here and happy that you enjoy the forum. I don't know about linear actuators working in cold weather, but someone here I am sure has an answer. I also don't know what Simplicity offered back in the day, but Deere offered a linkage that allowed manually angling the front blade from the seat, Maybe someone here knows of such a set up from Simplicity. The Deere version works faily well unless it freezes up which happens in the wet sloppy snows we tend to get in the northeast.
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:24 PM   #3
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If you go to this page: http://www.mytractorforum.com/showth...0&page=2&pp=15
and look at post #17 there is a picture of a linear actuator used for power angle. I recall reading that when he angled it it was strong enough to move the tractor if it was against a snowbank. Some of these units are made to stand up to harsh conditions and would be ok in the winter.
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:39 AM   #4
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kind of pricey, but I grinned and took one in the a--, and am in the process of doing the same as you are. I ended up spending $300 for 2 actuators with switches. I will post pics when I get it done later this summer. I tried to cheat and use an idea from another member using old car power window motors. lasted one snow. the switch went and so did one of the motors. Good thing it only snowed once this year in KC. Now I live in ST. Louis, we will see what I get for snow here. I plan to be prepared this year. Plus I have to get it done this summer since I have borrowed my grandpa's welder for a few weeks until the next trip home. The only challenge I have now is finding a U bracket to attach each end of the actuator to. Will try a local tractor dealer or tractor supply company, something like that.
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Old 06-24-2006, 12:42 AM   #5
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let me add to it, the actuators I purchased are 1000 lbs rated, and will hold up to 2500 pounds. My big concern and the seller reassured me it would work, is would the acutator hold it's position while pushing, especially the angle one.

This all started for me when I attempted to make a cab for my craftsman and realized all the manual moving arms would get in the way, so the first obstacle was to power the blade.
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I actually have a ?. I forgot how to post a new thread, can anybody help me on that one?
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tooldad,one of the site sponsors Johnny Products sells end brackets for the actuators.http://www.johnnyproducts.com/ They have several different styles available.
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Thanks for the good ideas. I am concerned about using a actuator for the lift portion. How will I solve the problem of allowing the plow to float and it goes down the driveway. Ex. my driveway slopes downward once the plow passes the side walk but the tractor hasn't the plow will lift off of the ground. Any idea's? Maybe use a winch for the lift?
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on my old setup, I used the lift with a chain hooked to it similar to a pickup plow operation, once I get my actuators, I will tackle that dilema again
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Just go back a step to you see the list of all the threds in a board, and you will see a button for starting a new one.
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Thanks for the good ideas. I am concerned about using a actuator for the lift portion. How will I solve the problem of allowing the plow to float and it goes down the driveway. Ex. my driveway slopes downward once the plow passes the side walk but the tractor hasn't the plow will lift off of the ground. Any idea's? Maybe use a winch for the lift?


If you have a pivot pin in the bottom hole, a removable pin in the middle hole, and your linear actuator connected with a clevis pin to the top hole, you can achieve float by removing the middle pin and you get down force (future uses) by using it with the middle pin in. The U shaped bracket would be welded to the part being lifted.
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am I missing the button for posting a new thread. Sorry, but I am just a tractor driving, snow plow pushing, shop teacher.
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Tooldad,

Click on the MTF logo at the top of this page. Scroll down to the section you'd like to post a message too. Like "Off Topic" - Click on the section and the "New Thread" button will be right there.

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Old 06-27-2006, 02:09 PM   #14
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I have been using linear acturators for several years to lift my sleeve hitches and to angle my snow blade. I use Bear Linear actuators that are rated at 1200# lifting and 3000# static load. The actuators have not been the problem but I did have to go back in and reinforce the mounting bracket after it bent. A decent actuator heavy enough to survive the rough use will cost you about $200 each. You can buy cheaper ones but they will not last long.
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BTW, this is how I use my actuators.

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