Last year I fabbed up a hydraulic dump cylinder on my MC519 cart for my x758 tractor. My dad saw it in action and would like to put something similar on his MC519 cart. However, he has a 345 tractor which doesn't have hydraulic ports available. I'd like to find a way to use an electric linear actuator instead for his setup.
Has anyone done this before? What actuator did you choose? I know the physical dimensions required (6" stroke, about 13" collapsed and 19" extended). However, with electric actuators there seem to be a very wide range of force capacity (from under 20 to 300+ pounds) and speeds (from 0.25 inch/sec up to more than 1 inch/sec). Guessing at it, I think a speed of around 1 inch/sec seems like a good value. I should hook up mine and time it but my tractor is all set up for snowblowing right now. I also have no idea how much weight the actuator would have to push up at an angle when full of leaves.
So if anyone has done this successfully please let me know.