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Nice job on the "road". Your location reminds me of some of the cotages in the Apsley area. Mind you the owners aren't the type to get their hands dirty doing anything constructive (the local contractors make a fortune doing that kind of work).I have the Polaris dump bed actuator. Had it on my 800FS, and now on my 900. For me, and what I do, I think it's a great add-on. I have a long and very steep trail down to the lake I live on.
When we bought this house the previous owners sons had an ATV that they drove up and down this dirt trail. There were very deep ruts all over the place. I decided to re-surface the trail with some 5/8 crusher run. Wasn't sure how much it would take, but by the time I finished it was just under 46 tonne. I had to work my way down from the top which meant dumping my loads while on the steep decline.
Unless I shoveled just the smallest of loads into the bed, there was no way I could dump it manually. I can't say for sure how much my average load weighed, but I tried to put what I felt to be a reasonable load into the bed. The Actuator worked flawlessly. It was also much safer with such a steep trail to be able to sit inside the cab with my foot on the break while dumping. The other nice feature of the Actuator is that I could raise the bed partially and drive forward distributing the stone which meant a little less raking, which was definitely a good thing. Since then, I have found other times when the Actuator came in handy, and to be honest, I just find it kind of a cool mod (my little mini dump truck). As for the price, and if it's worth it, I guess it just depends on what type of work your doing with your Ranger. View attachment 10208 View attachment 10209
I imagine it took the guys w/ dump trucks some practice before they got it figured out. LOLThanks Revrnd, I've always taken great pleasure in a hard days work, especially those jobs where you can look back and really see the difference your hard work made. Just wish I had not forgot to take before pics. As for the gradual dumping, it worked for me sometimes, and certainly better after I got some practice doing it, and worked better on the few flatter areas of my little road. The actuator will hold the bed right where you stop it, the tricky part for me was raising it enough to start the stone moving, but not so much as to dump it too quickly. This definitely took practice, and of course changed with how steep the area of the road was. It never worked perfectly, but did help some, and cut down on some raking, and any less raking was great