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Old 06-27-2018, 01:08 PM   #1
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I have a random idea let me know what you think

So I was looking at this huge waste os space chair lift I have to remove from my bus. It's in like new shape I don't think it was ever used, but still it's worth almost no money. I want the door I want to use the space so it's going away.

Here's where the random idea comes. I was looking at the electric hydrolics on it they are small and pretty strong. I'm now thinking of using them on the roof under a solar rack to tilt the whole array at once. Now I'd have to have some kind of lock downs on the lift side for driving but any reason this is dumb?
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:18 PM   #2
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I'm planning to re-purpose my wheelchair lift hydraulics for "landing gear" (i.e. levelers).


Furthermore, if you got a leak up on the roof, you're gonna have hydraulic fluid running down the side or, worse, dripping into the "house".
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:22 PM   #3
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hydraulics...

I think with some well thought out plumbing and controls, you can use the hydraulics for roof mount controls and levelers. An oil leak on the roof just means a little mess and rust protection. Some places in the United states might cause some sort of hazardous material alert.

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Old 06-27-2018, 02:28 PM   #4
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Some places use peanut oil to avoid that.

I like the leveller idea, but I'd need more than my lift has. Are you planning on buying another lift?
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