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    I have been toying with the idea of making a mini dump bed for my garden tractor. I have a 3x5 cart with four wheels, that I tow around. I would like it to dump. Instead of hydraulics, I'm thinking 12v scissors Jack. It has the up down controls already. It strong enough to lift a truck up. What do you think? I'm trying to find some plans that would work, if I scaled them down.
    Any input?
    Thanks
    Jim

  • #2
    And que crickets.

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    • #3
      cricket cricket

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      • #4
        Pictures of the patient would be helpful - let's see the trailer and the jack. Sounds like a good idea to me - would pay careful attention to where forces will show up on the bottom of the trailer.

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        • #5

          I didn't get a lot of responses, so i don't know if any one is interested.
          i finished the project, i scrapped the scissor jack idea. i just went with a linear actuator instead. It looks good, but seems to be sort of weak. i went with a warner 600lb. But i would be lucky to dump 150lbs. i don't know if the setup is bad, or maybe the actuator is problem. i bought it on ebay and maybe its not want the seller said. it looked pretty generic, not markings.

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          • #6
            You are lucky...

            ...it lifts 150lbs. You created such a long lever arm that you have quite a multiplier on what the cylinder sees as far a load goes...maybe a practicing engineer can give you the correct formula for the load that thing "sees."
            MillerMatic 211 Auto-set w/MVP
            Just For Home Projects.

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            • #7

              Here is the redesigned dump wagon. I shortened the frame base by 13inches and move the hinges from the back of the wagon to 1/3 up the frame. It seems to have alot more dumping power. Should of paid more attention to the physics the first time around.

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              • #8
                Good Job

                Hey man, that is pretty awesome. Good work on it.

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                • #9
                  Just throwing in my .02, but would an actuator from an old satelite dish work? I'm sure there's a bunch of those laying around junkyards, I just scrapped a dish not too long ago, and the actuator still worked

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hockeyguynick View Post
                    Just throwing in my .02, but would an actuator from an old satelite dish work? I'm sure there's a bunch of those laying around junkyards, I just scrapped a dish not too long ago, and the actuator still worked
                    I don't know what an actuator for a satelite dish is rated at. I bought that one on ebay.
                    It's a warner rated at 600lbs and a 6 inch travel.

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