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Thread: John Deere Gator Cargo Bed Lift Under $75.00

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    Default John Deere Gator Cargo Bed Lift Under $75.00

    Here are a few pics of the cargo bed lift i built with the repaired actuator, I used an ATV Winch solenoid to apply the forward and reverse power $29.95 shipped, i did break down and get the Deere Up Down Switch with the bed logo's on it ( So everyone knows what the switch is for) $23.00 I had a 2 foot piece of 2x2x3/16 angle for the mount and one 22" piece of 3" channel for the main lift beam.Cut the angles down to 3/4"x2 with the plasma drilled a couple of holes. Fitted these to the bed and tacked the channel to them took some measurements drilled the top actuator pin hole. Did a test fit welded it w my Millermatic 200
    added a little paint wiring and it worked just fine (Deere has generic wiring on most things and a lot of wires are right there to use) , Better than my cost at Deere of $642.00 plus install.

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    PowerTig 200DX
    Supercut 50P
    PowerTig Micro 185 SOLD GREAT MACHINE
    Millermatic 200
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Jet 1340 Lathe
    Jet 20" Drill Press
    Jet 12" Wet Band Saw
    Kalamazoo H7 Bandsaw
    Forward 12,000 lb 4 Post Lift

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    Have you tested it's lift capacity ?
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    We did tonight dumps 6 adults
    PowerTig 200DX
    Supercut 50P
    PowerTig Micro 185 SOLD GREAT MACHINE
    Millermatic 200
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Jet 1340 Lathe
    Jet 20" Drill Press
    Jet 12" Wet Band Saw
    Kalamazoo H7 Bandsaw
    Forward 12,000 lb 4 Post Lift

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    What did the actuator run you? I have a couple small ones, this gives me an idea for the golf cart. Where the 6 adults empty or full of liquid?
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
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    877-755-9353 x203
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    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

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    The actuator was free,Some of the people ( friends and Family )were full of liquid and Fish, we tried the new cooker. They all got in and raised it a little ,that is all i would do. It will handle a 1200 pound diminishing load with no problem.That is more than the gator needs. I actually changed the top lift point about and inch which gave it more power. It looked like Deere ran there's about an inch lower which would decrease the initial lift power. These actuators are used for Snow plows, satellite dishes wheel chair lifts ect.The design is a basic one we used on 1 ton trucks with 10-12' beds and a direct push hoist.
    PowerTig 200DX
    Supercut 50P
    PowerTig Micro 185 SOLD GREAT MACHINE
    Millermatic 200
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Jet 1340 Lathe
    Jet 20" Drill Press
    Jet 12" Wet Band Saw
    Kalamazoo H7 Bandsaw
    Forward 12,000 lb 4 Post Lift

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    Too funny. Well you save a good chunk of change for sure.

    I had a bigger one (called moon raker I think) off a big K band sat dish, but gave it away to a friend, ended up on his bobcat trailer to lit it up and down. He is 72 years if age, so that helps him out.
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
    www.everlastwelders.com
    877-755-9353 x203
    M-F 12 - 7PM PST
    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

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    Yes those actuators are used on a lot of things, I keep a lot of things in the shop and people ask why, i just tell them it fits a lot of stuff and i might need to use it. It's Better than spending big bucks when you have it here..
    PowerTig 200DX
    Supercut 50P
    PowerTig Micro 185 SOLD GREAT MACHINE
    Millermatic 200
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Jet 1340 Lathe
    Jet 20" Drill Press
    Jet 12" Wet Band Saw
    Kalamazoo H7 Bandsaw
    Forward 12,000 lb 4 Post Lift

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbmkr View Post
    Yes those actuators are used on a lot of things, I keep a lot of things in the shop and people ask why, i just tell them it fits a lot of stuff and i might need to use it. It's Better than spending big bucks when you have it here..
    The next thing is like me... Darn... I know I have one of those here somewhere... I just can't find it... BTW anyone see my refrigerant gauges??? 2 hours later still no idea....
    Shade tree MIG welder.
    Now a Shade tree TIG welder.

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    Famous words from my Shop, Here's that relay we were looking for last week, Good Put it somewhere we can find it.
    PowerTig 200DX
    Supercut 50P
    PowerTig Micro 185 SOLD GREAT MACHINE
    Millermatic 200
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Jet 1340 Lathe
    Jet 20" Drill Press
    Jet 12" Wet Band Saw
    Kalamazoo H7 Bandsaw
    Forward 12,000 lb 4 Post Lift

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