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The installation on my GTH2548 took one hour. The largest tool required is a 15/16" socket/rachet and combination wrench. It's very well thought out, and it works. The vertical travel at the plow point is 8.5" and the only odd thing is how far aft the long handle goes when the implement is raised all the way. You really have to reach back for the handle to pull it forward and down. It doesn't take too big of a force to pull the handle(raise the implement), but I don't know how hard it's going to be pull it when the plow is in the ground(might have to do the stop/back-up trick.
The first photo show the main plate resting on the floor of the trailer. It just hooks on 2 upper side-pins and is secured by a 5/8" bolt at the original tow hitch hole. The sleeve bar and the vertical link are secured with quick-pins. It's apparent that these 3 pins are removed in order to use the new tow hitch hole. It looks like it'll work just fine. The electric actuator kit should make the whole thing really sweet.


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Willie
Where's the rest of your plow? Looks like your missing the coulter wheel to slice the ground before the plow turns it over.
 

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sixchows,
The coulter wheel is there in the trailer, it's just not installed. You can see it behind the plow arm, leaning on the sidewall.

Stewart,
All I know about the installation of the electric kit is that the 2 brackets that support the upper axle, which is part of the handle, are removed and new ones that come in the electric kit are installed. The lower part of the actuator attaches to the tabs at the sleeve. That's what I was told, I haven't seen a diagram. It's still a bit of a mystery exactly what those upper brackets consist of. I can tell you that if I had JUST the actuator by itself it would not be a problem to just fabricate an upper plate that bolts to the 4 holes, and weld 2 tabs that would receive the upper end of the actuator. At this point, because of the high price of this kit, it could be that the kit comes with some kind of bellcrank that will work a link that goes forward to the tab on the shaft of the deck-lift axle(that attaches to the long handle that raises the deck). I think that's what GT5000 was talking about. I'm still trying to obtain a diagram of everything that comes with the electric kit. We'll see.

P.S.-The reason it doesn't make sense to me that they would link the rear mount electric actuator to the deck mechanism is because if you are mowing and using the bagger you would have to remove the actuator AND the hitch plate. There's a couple of unanswered questions in this area.
 

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Willie:

Another thing you could do is call Sears and tell them you were expecting the 24545 electric lift, not the 24535 manual lift. In lieu of returning the entire 24535 (that you already sweated through to mount) you'd settle for simply the bracket and actuator to make your MOUNTED 24535 an electric 24545.

Heck, they made you wait long enough didn't they?
 

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Looks good Willie have you tried it out yet lets us know how it works once you start plowing.
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That's a nice looking setup Willie...I like how they extended the drawbar hole while utilizing the frame one for overall strength. Well thought out hitch.
 

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Originally posted by Chief
But will the "Bumper Dumper" work on the sleeve hitch? ;) :D
Yes, when mounted backwards it will take the place of the tractor seat, so when you attach a tandem disk to the sleeve hitch you can fertilize and till at the same time, getting the field ready for planting in record time. As there will be no need to stop for potty breaks, it will revolutionize farming as we now know it.
 

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Now that use your head or should i say:moon: Argee:lmao: :furious:
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johndeere,
I'm too lazy to read the camera manual and learn how to work it on non-automatic. In bright sunlight, orange turns to pink. I need to pinch the aperature, or speedup the shutter, or filter it. I don't know. Check out this shot, it's almost hot pink:


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Boy that lift are looks like a killer. :eek: Wounder how that will work in the field?

I dislocated my sholder about 15 years ago, and I could NEVER reach back there to lift anything without real bad pain.
 

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Paul,
They're going to force some of us to buy the electric lift kit :)
This last photo shows the maximum distance the handle will go rearward, I've got the stop adjusted all the way which allows the handle to go all the way back. In this position, I can reach back and grab the handle while my left hand is still on the steering wheel, but I have to turn my shoulders a little bit, so I think this handle thing is do-able. I can adjust the stop such that the handle will come in 4" which is not enough to hurt the vertical stroke. That'll make it much better for me. I'm 5'-10" at 175 lbs.
The thing that concerns me, on my rig, is that the tractor(and the hitch) sit too low, and I'll run out of pitch adjustment on the plow. As you can see, I need to flatten out the plow a little bit. You can tell the angle by comparing the plow angle to the floor of the trailer. At this angle the plow will want to go to China. I don't want to do what my cousin did. As kids, he panicked and jumped off a Johnny 'cause it started to pick up the front and it came all the way over on it's back. He got lucky. Losing traction is not so bad sometimes.....
 

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Originally posted by Willie Nunez
johndeere,
I'm too lazy to read the camera manual and learn how to work it on non-automatic. In bright sunlight, orange turns to pink. I need to pinch the aperature, or speedup the shutter, or filter it. I don't know. Check out this shot, it's almost hot pink:


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I was going to say "Wow check out that pink tractor" but you answered that question! It sure would get som attention, maybe not the kind you would want.....

Sorry I couldnt resist the fun! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Plowing depth

Willie....you should be able to adjust your sleeve hitch stops so your only plowing at 6-8" in depth. Once you have the depth issue addressed, then on a level surface (preferably a concrete surface) srt the tip of the plow on the floor and raise the back of the landslide so it is about 1" difference. These are rough settings, once you get it in the ground and see how the furrows are turning you can fine tune it.
 
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