Not sure what you payed for the linear actuator but it sure does look EXACTLY like a satellite dish actuator. How long is this actuator? Might be able to find you some cheaper replacements if you ever need one in the future. Looks like a real nice set up Willie. :thumbsup: Let us know how well is works for you.Originally posted by Willie Nunez
Frankly, IMO if John Scheele had known that this Bear Linear actuator had been available at the time he decided to market his J-B Jr, he never would've used a winch(for the primary lift function). From a design standpoint, the difference between the two systems is day and night. Everyone who has ever operated a front bucket knows that you need positive-control of the vertical movement of the bucket. By replacing the winch with this actuator, you can force the bucket to go down, or force it to go up; all without any hesitation as soon as you touch the switch. Plus, with this setup, the electric motor is much more isolated from the heat of the muffler and the engine. Plus, NO MORE abraided/broken winch cables. Plus, you now have a basic attachment whereby you can remove two 1/2" bolts, and bolt on a front blade(or any other implement that requires up/down articulation).
What is shown in the photo is exactly the upgrade kit as it comes from Johnny Bucket. The actuator itself has a stroke of 4", and the swingarm ratio produces a factor of approximately 2.8 which means that the 1,200 lb actuator will lift a bucket load of approximately 430 lbs. This also means that it can push the bucket down with an equal force, which means it can lift the front of the tractor(just like a hydraulic front bucket).
IMO this improvement is huge, and as soon as more tractor owners become aware of it, they might decide it's now well-worth the money. I believe the actuator is now standard equipment on the current J-B Jr.
Willie, I was just trying to offer a little potential future help as well as extend a compliment. Be that as it may, it is VERY apparent that no good deed goes unpunsished with you nor are you able to accept the least bit of constructive input or suggestion.Originally posted by Willie Nunez
If you had ever researched(and used) current-design linear actuators, you would NEVER say that this actuator looks exactly like a sat dish actuator. What you said is akin to saying that now that I've put a front bucket on my orange tractor, it looks exactly like your green tractor......not sure what you payed for it. Is the inference supposed to be that you paid too much?
FYI there is no replacement for a Bear Linear actuator, when it comes to using an actuator for sleeve hitches or front buckets.
BTW the price of this last actuator is $100 more than the price of the winch it replaces. I sufferred through many frustrations using the winch(besides the 3 broken cables and burnt motor). Just imagine using your front-end loader with ONLY the lift portion of the hydraulic actuators working(depending on gravity to lower the bucket). That's how the winch worked. But now, with the linear actuator, the impression you get is that it's the way you would design it yourself. It now works like it should.
You think I was trying to straighten you out here? Maybe trying to make you understand nobody was making fun of you here...Originally posted by Willie Nunez
Instead of trying to straighten me out, why don't you spend your time, come up with an acceptable actuator, and let us know about it. That's what I did, and I stand by my comments.
If what I said is interpreted as an attack on Chief, it's clear to me we couldn't have much fun sitting around the campfire.