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Hydraulic top link

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Bob Spooner

10-14-2003 06:25:53




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All,
I would like to use my remote hydraulics to operate a hydraulic top link that will allow me to dump and lift my dirt scoop. This will be really useful for picking up rocks and such.

My questions are: How big of a ram do I need? I'm thinking 18" with a 12" or so stroke...will this be enough? Where do I get one of these rams, and what kind of ends am i looking for?

Thanks.

Bob




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hvw

10-14-2003 08:54:59




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 Re: Hydraulic top link in reply to Bob Spooner, 10-14-2003 06:25:53  
Dan, I looked at the Bailey link you provided. If I'm right they offer two choices on this. One is 2500 psi and the other 3000. If that's right which would you suggest. I would mainly use it to move the pitch on a box blade and maybe a dump scoop. Is it right that one of these would hook directly to the auxillary hydraulic port under the seat? How would the price compare to making one from scratch? Thanks.

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Dan Robertson

10-15-2003 06:13:52




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 Re: Re: Hydraulic top link in reply to hvw, 10-14-2003 08:54:59  
Depends on your tractor hyd. system. These older Fords only put out 2000 psi or so. A newer higher capacity hyd. system might require you to go with the 3000 psi cyl. If you notice they were closing out the 3000 psi cyl. which tells me they were not selling many. You will need a remote valve of sorts located under the seat to connect to. I probably didn't have more then $80 to $85 (plus labor) in this including all the hoses and fittings. Dan Robertson

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Dan Robertson (PIC)

10-14-2003 07:25:51




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 Re: Hydraulic top link in reply to Bob Spooner, 10-14-2003 06:25:53  
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I built this top link using a tractor supply tie rod cylinder (2"dia. with 8" stroke)then fabricated the swivel ends from block steel. I had to cut the extra threads off the end of the cylinder ram in order to keep the diminsions like a typical top link. 8" stroke is all you need and even that much will allow you to stick the yard box teeth into your rear tires, so be careful. If I were building another I would probably use a 2 1/2" cylinder. I have only exceeded the 2" cylinders capability when using the boom pole. If money isn't a problem you can click the link below and now purchase one of these toplinks ready to go. Dan Robertson

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Bob Spooner

10-15-2003 04:36:02




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 Re: Re: Hydraulic top link in reply to Dan Robertson (PIC), 10-14-2003 07:25:51  
Thanks Dan, that's exactly what I was thinking!

Bob



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