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12-Volt Electric Scissor Jacks
Duane Thies, Winside, Neb.: You can buy 12-volt electric scissor jacks for about $60 from several sources (www.northern tool.com; 800-221-0516). The jacks lift up to 2,000 lbs. and have a cord that plugs into a 12-volt power port and a control module on a cord that has up-down control buttons.
  "These units work great as jacks, but they can also be used in many other ways by disassembling them. The working part of the jack is a 12-volt motor and gear reduction that drives a threaded rod through a threaded block. With a little imagination, it can be used on a utility vehicle, like a Deere Gator, to dump the box or raise and lower a blade, mower deck, or 3-pt. hitch. It can also be used to turn spouts, open and close slides, pull drawbar pins, operate levers, and so on. It can be adapted to anything with a 12-volt power source. The best thing about it is that it's easier to install than using hydraulics."

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2