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DIY ROPs, with plans.

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10-22-2012 10:56:24

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The subject of DIY ROPs comes up regularly, and when it does someone always will point out that you can't DIY a ROPs, and that if you did, you could be in worse trouble with your insurance company in the event of an accident than it you didn't have one at all.

So I was amused to stumble across some professionally engineered plans for one from the US gov CD. Apparently when ROPs first started catching on some of the extension and gov agencies were hard at work on trying to come up with a cheap and cost effective versions for old tractors, before the spoilsports started screaming LIABILITY!

All bolted, no welds. Klutzy but about the only way you could get around the varying quality of "farmer" welds. But even if someone wanted to weld one it's a useful source of info on what size steel to use, as one assumes they did all the calculations rather than going buy guess and ROT.

Don't thing I'd make one. My state has a 70% subsidy to promote ROPS; the end cost to me would be about the same as the steel would cost for a DIY version.

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10-23-2012 06:45:34

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 Re: DIY ROPs, with plans. in reply to kylemorley, 10-22-2012 10:56:24  
The fact that 1. It's put out by an agency of the federal government 2. list standards for the grade of the steel and hardware should make you OK with your insurance company an would put some of the liability on OSHA and CDC.

Also if you read the page these plans can be used by a company to produce for sale these ROPS.

I may have to think about this for the 8N that I do my bush hogging with.


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Jack L

10-22-2012 18:36:46

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 Re: DIY ROPs, with plans. in reply to kylemorley, 10-22-2012 10:56:24  
Are you in New York State? NY state has a rebate program that reimbursed me about $480 on a $700 purchase.


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10-23-2012 06:26:00

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 Re: DIY ROPs, with plans. in reply to Jack L, 10-22-2012 18:36:46  
NH, but we seem to be in the same program as NY and VT.

Which ROPS did you get? Are you happy with it?

Foldable ones seem like a useful feature in the woods, but a lot more $, just about double.

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Jack L

10-23-2012 19:12:51

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 Re: DIY ROPs, with plans. in reply to kylemorley, 10-23-2012 06:26:00  
I bought one from this site and I think it was manufactured in Austraila. It"s a one piece and only problem I have is hitting tree branches when I"m in the woods. Looks like this:


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