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This fabricated lift rod is
intended to raise and lower front mounted implements, such as a snow
blade, snow thrower, etc.
Rod is fabricated from
an 9/16" diameter copper clad steel electrical ground rod. Such rods
are available at any electrical supply house or home improvement store.
The copper coating prevents the rod from rusting. The 32" length
permits this single rod to be used with different implements.
Rod was heated and
bent 90 degrees, cut off to appropriate length, and a hole drilled to
accept a hairpin clip. This end of the rod goes through the hole of the
tractor lift arm.
A sliding sleeve was
fabricated from a short piece of common 1/2" water pipe. The pipe
hole may need to be enlarged slightly. I used a 9/16" Silver/Deeming
drill, but a reamer would work as well.
A hole was drilled in
one side of the pipe and a nut was welded over the hole. A bolt was heated
and bent 90 degrees, and screwed into the welded nut. When tightened, the
bolt prevents the sleeve from sliding on the rod. Another bolt was welded
to the other side of the pipe, and a hole drilled to accept a hairpin
clip. This bolt goes through the hole in the implement lift arm.
The rod can be bent
and/or the length modified to fit any tractor. If a spring loaded rod is
desired, springs and collars can easily be added without changing the