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I am looking for an actuator with 6-12 inches of linear travel and have seen the satellite dish ones all over for under $50. They are supposed to lift 4-500 pounds and have 12-18 inches of travel and operate at around 24-28 volts. Will these operate at 12 VDC and/or has anyone used one? Any info?

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Paintball I'm sure those would work, I'm not sure on the electrical question but I'm sure if they aren't 12 volt DC oprated they can be swapped to work on it. Contact Al at Autorewire.com eith at his site or down in the electrical forum, he drops by every now and then. I've used the screw type actuators sold in many of the magazines and shops, they work great and are essentually the same thing. I've used them for trunk lids, tonneu covers, hoods, and many other applications. you may want to look into air actuators if you happen to have an air bag suspention system, but be careful with these, if they are set up wrong they could end up launching your hoodto the next neighborhood :D

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Originally posted by Halloweenking:
<strong> if they are set up wrong they could end up launching your hoodto the next neighborhood :D

HK</strong><hr></blockquote>

Cool, how would you set them up to do that?
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Ball's Rod & Custom makes a line of linear actuators that are designed to work on 12 volts and have push/pull of up to 600 lbs. That's what I useed on my all steel tilt front end. Takes a 20 amp circuit and I have full extension in about 10 seconds. It's also strong enough to hold the front end closed so there is no latch necessary.

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Tim,

with that much lift they should work fine..if your using fiberglass they will work for sure. I'm using an electric actuator that was a printer lid lift but it's just like the ones that Hotronics and others sell... it's a 24 volt unit but it works fine on 12 volts... just a little slower...

you can see my setup at

<a href="http://jniolon.clubfte.com" target="_blank">http://jniolon.clubfte.com</a>

look in the left column for the tilt hood article...

john
 
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