This article serves as a basic introduction to what is possible with hydraulics for your garden tractor. There are a wide variety of pumps, valves, motors, hoses, etc. I hope this article inspires you to research more of what you can do with the physics of fluid.
Since liquids exert force equally in all directions we can multiply the force it gives by increasing the surface area in which we want the liquid to push against. Typically we apply this principle in a hydraulic cylinder. The greater the surface area at the end of the cylinder, the more force gets exerted on the moving piston.
Do you want to turn your old garden tractor into a serious earth moving machine? How about convert your manual lift system into a power system? Want to add a rear PTO? Do you want to multiply your engine’s power by 1,000 times or more? It’s all possible by using the science behind hydraulic power!
To measure voltage on a battery for example you first turn your meter to DC Voltage. Place the red probe on the positive terminal of the battery and place the black probe on the negative side of the battery or on a common ground. Your voltage will display on the screen.