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Quadivator? Anyone have one of these?

Good day,


So, I bought one of these at a yard sale about a month ago.



Quadivator Inc. - The Ultimate ATV Implement:The Quadivator and attachments


Thing was parked for YEARS. Tires rotted, etc. I **** near stole it, as they retail for $1400 USD...


The wiring was ripped from the actuator. There are two wires coming out of the actuator.


After taking the seized actuator apart and freeing it up, I tried it. Works great - hooked direct to my battery (450 foreman) - goes up, goes down, no problem...just reverse the polarity to change from up/down.



The issue I have is when using it - it will go up and down all day with no load on it - when I put it down and it digs into the garden (Dam thing works great- seriously - will go just as deep as a rototiller...), it just doesn't have enough jam to lift it out of the ground....really frustrating.


Things I tried?


I had a brand new in the box Warn Contactor for a winch. I wired this thing up (with brand new Warn Rocker Switch) thinking it would act like a relay or something??? No change...


Is that DC Motor on the actuator faulty? Electrical is not my thing...so...sorry for sounding ignorant.


I asked Quadivator for price on new Actuator - they said "$650.00"...lol...I paid a tenth of that for the entire unit...that price for a new actuator is offensive.


Am I screwed here? Is that actuator repairable? I have a multi-meter and half ass know my way around it - anything I can check using that?


Thanks for any help.


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how about this for a simple fix, as IMO the issue might be the motor doesn't have enough power to lift when there is a load on things
JUST back up a little to lessen the load on the tines and see if that then allows things to lift for you/

that is a different thing for sure, cool idea, but, in my area, with all the rocks we have, it wouldn;'t work very well
disc's do way better in my area
BUT if you got it cheap, which sounds like you did
Good for you I'd call that a score, manual lowered one's that size u[p here sell for about a 100 bucks each
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It looks really handy but what happens when you hit a root? Or is it just for cleanup of grass. Looking at their other products like the mudslinger is cool. Did you notice all of the pictures are of the older foreman 450's.

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if you hit a root, one of three things happen
one the root rips out and you keep going, two the metal spring teeth sort of trip and pop over it after they stretch out some , or three, you STOP DEAD in your tracks LOL

Four I guess would be you break something and either keep going or again stop

I have ripped out some very BIG roots with my atv and a similar like implement and many have stopped me pretty good
even seen a few tree's pull out and end up dragging them and having to stop and un do the root that things got caught on and then throw tree off to the side

personally the guy in the video is silly using that so close to all them tree, its asking fir issue and killing tree's (in Orchards that's a big deal)
most folks just MOW around tree's and or spray so not to risk damaging the tree's root system!
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if you hit a root, one of three things happen
one the root rips out and you keep going, two the metal spring teeth sort of trip and pop over it after they stretch out some , or three, you STOP DEAD in your tracks LOL

Four I guess would be you break something and either keep going or again stop

I have ripped out some very BIG roots with my atv and a similar like implement and many have stopped me pretty good
even seen a few tree's pull out and end up dragging them and having to stop and un do the root that things got caught on and then throw tree off to the side

personally the guy in the video is silly using that so close to all them tree, its asking fir issue and killing tree's (in Orchards that's a big deal)
most folks just MOW around tree's and or spray so not to risk damaging the tree's root system!

Ive hit a few big roots with the rippers on the box blade on my old Alice Chamlers and nearly been thrown off. I learned very quickly going very slow saves me a lot of pain. The seat seems to sit just high enough to where when your thrown the steering wheel ends up in your groin area.

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Ive hit a few big roots with the rippers on the box blade on my old Alice Chamlers and nearly been thrown off. I learned very quickly going very slow saves me a lot of pain. The seat seems to sit just high enough to where when your thrown the steering wheel ends up in your groin area.
and on an ATV the handle bars are just the right height to catch your thigh's then bend you over the bars so your head hits the headlight pod
been there done that a few times, funny how speed and sudden stopping throws you into things LOL
were all at the mercy of gravity and momentum !
this is why farming is honestly as dangerous as it is, not so bad on the newer equipment, but the 40's to the 90's, some of that equipment was flat out dangerous to operate, very little in the way of safety, just made to work, and lot of farmers missing fingers or dead from things, like roll overs and sudden stops that lead to things
not to mention all them moving parts that are just gear driven and weight in motion

but I find farming very rewarding, and relaxing, minus some of the stress of weather and things beyond one's control HAHA!
sad were loosing so many farmers and farms like we are
in PA. my home state in the last 25 yrs we have lost well over 60% of ALL farms in the state, that's an alarming rate to me

all the more so with human population growing as fast as it is
we all need to eat and well, once farm land is GONE, it never comes back, and as they say, they AIN"TY making any more land either!
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