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"Sidehill" Tractor Cab Always Stays Level
SIMA crowds flocked around the new "sidehill" cab for tractors from SAME Deutz Fahr.
The cab stays level on slopes of up to 25 percent, the company says, adding that the design should reduce back injury due to tractor operation. And, since the cab is isolated from the engine, there is a noticeable reduction in noise levels.
The cab sits on hydraulic actuators which are controlled by sensors that can tip the cab left, right, front, back, or anywhere in between. Built into this system is an "inertia unit," containing a gyroscope and two accelerometers, which constantly monitor the longitudinal and transverse positions of the cab.
Since the entire cab moves, the operator's seat and all controls stay in the same position in relationship to the operator.
An audible warning sounds if the sensors detect slopes that are unsafe for tractor operation and then the cab system is deactivated.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, SAME DEUTZ FAHR France, ZI-70 Ave. Albert Einstein, 77550 Moissy Cramayel, France (ph 01 64 88 20 10; fax 01 60 60 62 03).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3