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Hydraulic Tailgate

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Posted by DScott on February 20, 2012 at 08:34:48 from (

I have been looking for a way to power my tailgate for several years and couldn't find a good solution. I also wanted to make my tailgate full width to make it safer loading and unloading different tractors but then it would be pretty heavy. A couple of years ago I mounted a winch and battery on my trailer and that worked out pretty good. I saw some kits for powering dump trailers that had a small 12v pump with a reservoir built together that looked like would work. I got one of those, found a cylinder I thought would do what I needed and went to work on the geometry. I was going to use two cylinders but after studying it some it seemed like overkill as the cylinder was rated at 2500 pounds and it would slow down the lowering and raising process. Working the details out of mounting the cylinder so that it had the correct range and arc in the space I had available took me awhile. After I got that worked out everything went pretty smooth and the finished product works good.

I used it last summer and it sure was nice not having to wrestle with those ramps and I can just run up on the trailer without have to worry about ramp/wheel alignment.

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This post was edited by DScott at 18:02:01 02/20/12.


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