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Having a non hydraulic X500, I've been thinking about using electric actuators for some rear, maybe even front, mounted ground engagement tools. I have some welding and fabrication skills but not sure if these actuators are worth anything or not.

Thinking of a real basic one shank ripper, likely less than 6 inch depth, just to loosen up the bottom of my drainage ditch. (I can drive the tractor right up the middle of this ditch so a little ripper would do the trick nicely).

What kind of experiences do our members have using electric actuators for similar purposes? Strong enough? Burn out prematurely? Parts break off?

Let's hear it.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Thompson makes fantastic linear actuators but they are VERY expensive. Stay away from Chinese eBay actuators. Progressive Automation makes great ones and made in Canada. Be sure to read up on IP ratings, overall extended and compressed length, stroke length, stroke speed, maximum static and maximum dynamic loads to find the best option for you. I used a Progressive Automation actuator for making a power angle in my JD snow blade for my G100. Worked great!

https://www.progressiveautomations.com/
 

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Good feed back, thank you. Progressive Automation looks pretty good. I'd be a little concerned about the plastic gears so an upgrade might be advisable.
 

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You have a great PTO and big engine, why not use it? Built a small bracket to run the hydraulic pump from and then go with hydraulics. They are so much cheaper and more powerful per pound than any electric ram. Take a look at Surplus Center.com and look over their stuff. I've used their small pumps, reservoirs and rams and they will work better than electric. It will not be as simple as electric but will last and do more in the long run. You can run a two line system to the rear and use a single spool control valve for up or down. You will need a small reservoir of any shape you can use to fit it on to your tractor. A small pump and valve plus the two lines and the fittings for those lines. Then you can choose the ram that will fit your needs and mount it. You will not need a big reservoir to handle that single ram. Looking at my new X520 you could mount a long cylinder behind the seat on the two bolts that hold the rear fender on. From there run the hoses under the back of the fender and up to the valve that could be mounted on the right rear fender. These 500 series tractors are being wasted by not using them for what they are capable.
 

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not one of help, but more support for your plan. I was thinking of buying a 12v actuator to mount on my tow behind aerator, so I don't have to get off the tractor to engage/disengage the tines when I move over hard surfaces. I'll be watching this thread to see what others have done.
 

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Inspectorrudy;
I may re think this whole idea. I'd much prefer a hydraulic pump if it will work. Thanks for this info and the parts source lead. I'll definitely be looking into it. Thanks!!
 
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