How to Add a Power Outlet to 751C

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Roozter

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Has anyone added a power outlet / cigarette lighter to an older Bobcat with BICS?
I have a '95 751C and I am going to rent a soil conditioner / harley rake in two weeks. This attachment has a power plug that fits into a standard power outlet / cigarette lighter to control the angle of the attachment. It is not required to have this power outlet to use the attachment but if it is easy to install (even temporary) then I might consider installing one.
 

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Let me modify my question. It looks like battery clamps with a 12 volt DC power outlet on the other end are easy to find. I can get one a Radio Shack.
What size fuse would I want to wire into this setup? Any ideas? I'll check with the rental shop to see if the fuse is in their cable that goes to the soil conditioner.
 

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Let me modify my question. It looks like battery clamps with a 12 volt DC power outlet on the other end are easy to find. I can get one a Radio Shack.
What size fuse would I want to wire into this setup? Any ideas? I'll check with the rental shop to see if the fuse is in their cable that goes to the soil conditioner.
Nevermind, the rental shop has the adapter that I need. Alligator clamps to battery then an adapter to the attachment angle control.
 

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Nevermind, the rental shop has the adapter that I need. Alligator clamps to battery then an adapter to the attachment angle control.
It would be a pretty easy setup to do. The attachment wouldn't draw more than say 10 amps.
Good luck with your attachment.
 

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It would be a pretty easy setup to do. The attachment wouldn't draw more than say 10 amps.
Good luck with your attachment.
Thanks. The current draw is what concerns me. I will make sure the adapter they give me has some kind of fuse protection. I don't want a fire in my machine, or the attachment and I don't want fried circuit either.
 

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Thanks. The current draw is what concerns me. I will make sure the adapter they give me has some kind of fuse protection. I don't want a fire in my machine, or the attachment and I don't want fried circuit either.
Thats a good point.
I have seen a few machines that caught fire from electrical problems....
My 743 was bought like that, there was a known problem with the starters, a piece falls out and shorts and sets the main power cables on fire! Yes, the 2 FAT cables from the battery.
 

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Thats a good point.
I have seen a few machines that caught fire from electrical problems....
My 743 was bought like that, there was a known problem with the starters, a piece falls out and shorts and sets the main power cables on fire! Yes, the 2 FAT cables from the battery.
Yikes! Exactly... I have seen and heard about a few machines that caught fire; some due to wood chip type debris in the engine compartment and some due to electrical fires. I have no idea about the statistics of number of working machines vs machines that caught fire but I would rather not introduce questionable wiring into an older machine full of oil soaked dirt in the engine compartment and hydraulic compartment!
I will be selling this machine in about two weeks since my large yard project is almost complete! :)
 
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