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Electro-Hydraulic Cylinder Used To Raise Or Lower Mower Deck Automatically
John Travis, Dundee, N.Y.: “The pedal that’s used to raise or lower the 60-in. deck on my Ferris zero-turn riding mower was hard to push down, so hard that I eventually suffered a torn meniscus knee injury. Ferris makes a deck lift assist for some of their mowers but not mine. My neighbor, who owns a fabrication shop, suggested we could use an electro-hydraulic cylinder from an old Deere small square bale thrower to raise or lower the deck automatically.
    “He removed the pedal from its vertical support lever and attached one end of the cylinder to the lever and set the other end at a fixed position. The cylinder is wired to the mower battery, so now I just use a toggle switch to raise or lower the deck.”

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4