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  1. #26
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    I don’t think I’ve pulled the seatbelt once on my little BX

    As far as inclines
    I added 2” spacers on the rear wheels and it made all the difference in the world

    My ROPS are always in use ...
    The only time I fold them down is to get the machine into the shed for storage.

    I thought about cutting it down but then I would probably whack my head
    When using the backhoe.

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  2. #27
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    ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    Oh yeah,
    One more word about safety switches...

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  3. #28
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    Do tractor seat belts come with only lap belts or do they have shoulder belts like cars? I have only seen lap belts.


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  4. #29
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    Me too. Most of the ones I've seen are 3" lap belts. I'd guess collision impacts are not what tractor operators need to be concerned with.
    I am only thinking here, ROPS structure could kill you should you be thrown from the seat. Belted in the seat, there is little likelihood you'll be squeezed between the ROPS, and earth.
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  5. #30
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    I keep hoping to see some progress...……..and I'm not bein' an azzhole.

    If you're in doubt, take a look at a factory job, and copy it. Most of them are simply bolted to the axle, or somewhere on the transmission/final drive.

    It's a scary project for the first time out of the box on something of this nature. Take a bit of time to think, and you'll be fine. I run into first off's all the time. Time spent over a donut, and iced tea, makes up for a lot of possible disasters.

  6. #31
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    I am out of town for a week. I have to make templates for the holes for the plates to be bolted to. I have to clean the rust off the tubing so it can be painted. I have set up a jig to position the tubing so it does not rub the tires. I need to consider placement of a fender. I need to decide on the crossbar. Do I want to weld the crossbar to the supports or weld gussets and bolt to gussets. I need caps. Lots of details to think about.


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  7. #32
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie B View Post
    Me too. Most of the ones I've seen are 3" lap belts. I'd guess collision impacts are not what tractor operators need to be concerned with.
    I am only thinking here, ROPS structure could kill you should you be thrown from the seat. Belted in the seat, there is little likelihood you'll be squeezed between the ROPS, and earth.
    My Kioti has a 2" lap belt (typical car seatbelt width). The left (female) side is fixed. The male (right) side is retractable.

    Yes, the belt is meant to keep you in the seat and within a safe clearance space so you don't get popped like a pimple between the tractor (including the ROPS) and the earth. This page has a cute picture on it demonstrating how a ROPS works:

    http://grok.ecn.uiowa.edu/farmsafety...d-small-farms/

    It's the same concept with open-cockpit race cars that have a roll hoop behind the driver's head.

    The other benefit to a seatbelt is that it can help keep you in place and in control on inclines or if something causes the tractor to lurch, buck, rear up, or stop suddenly.

  8. #33
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    Re: ROPS for a Ford 3000 tractor

    Stuff happens sudden. I once was Bush Hogging with an old International B275, similar size to the Ford 3000. These tractors were noted for their light front end, and front wheels coming off the ground. I hadn't owned it long at the time. I was on a side hill meadow moving straight up the fall line at the very edge, to my right was a steep bank dropping to a road.

    I lifted the hog, when I did the front wheels lifted, as it started to pivot I hit the brake. Only one side locked up, making the pivot 90 degrees instantaneous! I crashed down over the side into the road backward. The hog prevented it from toppling over backward. It was one wild ride!

    No harm done, but my heart rate sure was fast!
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