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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Board

DIY ROPs, with plans.


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Posted by kylemorley on October 22, 2012 at 10:56:24 from (96.61.81.253):

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!

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/aginjury/crops/

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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