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    Homemade lift for 997 Z Trak.

    Here is the "home brew" heavy duty lift I built for the 997 Z Trak.
    My "guesstimate" of the front end weight of a 997 with a 72" 7 Iron deck on initial pickup is between
    850 and 1000 pounds.

    The lift frame is made out of 3" 1/4" wall square tubing.

    All gusset plates are made from 1/2" plate.

    The winch platform is made from 1/2" X 6" angle iron with a side 1/2" X 6" plate welded to it
    to form a piece of 6" X 6" X 6" channel iron.

    All welds on lift made with 7018 welding rods.

    The winch is a Fulton 2 speed rated for 2,600 lbs.
    In "grandma" low gear, it easily lifts "The Beast".

    The cable is 5/16" rated at 4,000 lbs. working load.

    The lifting eyebolt on the Z Trak is a Chicago 27 5/8" dia. rated 4,000 lbs.

    The 5/8 inch "safety" shackle is rated to 3.25 tons.
    With the winch released, the deck height drops from 30" to 28" with the safety
    shackle and chain holding the load.

    Bolts used to secure bolted items are all grade 8.
    Winch platform secured to lift post with 3 5/8" bolts.
    Winch secured to platform with 5 1/2" bolts.
    Safety shackle and chain secured to platform with a 5/8" bolt.

    Lift hitch/tongue mounted to Z Trak secured with 4 1/2" bolts.
    The two main bolts are attached to the Z Trak frame using preexisting unused holes.
    Two back up holes for bolts were drilled in the "front fender" which is 3/16" thick and part of
    front end strength.

    At full elevation, the front edge of the 7 Iron deck is 30 inches above the ground.

    The "hand truck" type wheels are flat free solid rubber, fairly easy to roll and balanced when tilted
    back about 20 - 25 degrees using the handles built onto the winch platform.

    Seems to be extremely stable, unable to shake it or sway it in any way with my 200 weight, even on dry dirt.

    Cost for the "whole shebang" $380, already had all the plate and angle iron needed and got a good deal on the square tubing,
    biggest expense was the winch at $170.
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    Last edited by Old Cajun; 07-02-2016 at 09:19 AM.
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    Neil

    2019 4066R with cab (aka Cooterpiller), 2014 997 Z Trak
    Other equip: 1982 IH 274 diesel, 1957 Farmall Cub, Woods Billy Goat 5 foot rotary cutter, Ford three point hitch 6 foot dozer blade,
    home brew dirt and gravel grader, dirt scoop, choppers, Woods six foot belly mount sickle bar, home brew 3PH 25 gallon sprayer, 1992 33 inch cut Snapper
    rear engine rider, 1984 30 inch cut Snapper rear engine rider.

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    I think you bought that!
    BTW, Nice color.
    Last edited by Gizmo2; 07-02-2016 at 09:30 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I think you bought that!
    Yup, ya caught me, bought it in Wally World's "big honking" lift department.
    Neil

    2019 4066R with cab (aka Cooterpiller), 2014 997 Z Trak
    Other equip: 1982 IH 274 diesel, 1957 Farmall Cub, Woods Billy Goat 5 foot rotary cutter, Ford three point hitch 6 foot dozer blade,
    home brew dirt and gravel grader, dirt scoop, choppers, Woods six foot belly mount sickle bar, home brew 3PH 25 gallon sprayer, 1992 33 inch cut Snapper
    rear engine rider, 1984 30 inch cut Snapper rear engine rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Cajun View Post
    Yup, ya caught me, bought it in Wally World's "big honking" lift department.
    I knew it!
    NICE JOB!
    I take back all my insulting comments....... Ah, never mind.
    Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Pay attention Gizmo. That is the proper application for black paint.
    Gizmo has the black paint thing down pat now, but he ain't up to speed on the masking tape thing.
    Neil

    2019 4066R with cab (aka Cooterpiller), 2014 997 Z Trak
    Other equip: 1982 IH 274 diesel, 1957 Farmall Cub, Woods Billy Goat 5 foot rotary cutter, Ford three point hitch 6 foot dozer blade,
    home brew dirt and gravel grader, dirt scoop, choppers, Woods six foot belly mount sickle bar, home brew 3PH 25 gallon sprayer, 1992 33 inch cut Snapper
    rear engine rider, 1984 30 inch cut Snapper rear engine rider.

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    Nice Job Old Cajun, it's a beautiful thing!!

    Very professional, looks and sounds like you did your homework.
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    That is awesome! I know you had a lot of fun building it - and keeping Gizmo in the dark.

    Looks to me to be very well designed. I especially like your safety chain.
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    Great project OC. Thanks for writing it up and sharing the pics with us
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    That is awesome! I know you had a lot of fun building it - and keeping Gizmo in the dark.

    Looks to me to be very well designed. I especially like your safety chain.
    Yup, that's my thing.
    A few friends have said I don't know how to enjoy myself, but that's what I enjoy doing.
    Think a lot of folks here are the same, do it yourselfers.
    A hobby is a hobby, different strokes for different folks.
    Neil

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    Other equip: 1982 IH 274 diesel, 1957 Farmall Cub, Woods Billy Goat 5 foot rotary cutter, Ford three point hitch 6 foot dozer blade,
    home brew dirt and gravel grader, dirt scoop, choppers, Woods six foot belly mount sickle bar, home brew 3PH 25 gallon sprayer, 1992 33 inch cut Snapper
    rear engine rider, 1984 30 inch cut Snapper rear engine rider.

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