2012 - Volume #36, Issue #3, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hydraulic-Operated "Tilt Back" Tractor Company
“The tractor is equipped with an offset seat and steering wheel so there’s no room to climb on from the back. I have to climb in from the front, where a canopy would be in the way,” says Cook.
The canopy is made from a sheet of lightweight aluminum bolted onto a big L-shaped frame fashioned out of 1-in. sq. tubing. The back of the tractor was already equipped with a pair of lift arms and a horizontal metal rod originally designed to mount a cultivator. Cook mounted a homemade metal bracket to the bottom part of the frame and then bolted it to the lift arms.
He also bolted a 2-ft. dia. disc plow alongside the tractor that he uses for garden work. The disc plow provides a natural step to climb onto the operator platform.
“Pulling on a lever lowers the lift arms, which tilts the canopy back out of the way so I can climb onto the seat. Pushing the lever forward brings the canopy back up over the seat,” says Cook. “I can take the canopy off by removing 4 bolts. I also added a large mirror on front of the canopy so I can see what’s going on behind me.
“It’s a lot of fun to show in parades, where I drive along real slow and tilt the canopy back and forth at the same time,” says Cook, who notes that he bought the tractor for his wife as a Christmas present.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leonard R. Cook, 41201 Hwy. 32, Lynchburg, Mo. 65543 (ph 417 453-6298).
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