2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Tractor Guard" Window Protectors
The clear polycarbonate covers – similar in style to police riot gear – are made in England. Silbernagel recently became a representative for the manufacturer and is now setting up dealers across North America. They’re available to fit all tractor windows, doors, lights and mirrors. Hood guards and wheel guards are also available.
“It’s a relatively inexpensive solution when you consider tractors often cost $200,000 or more,” says Silbernagel. “When you include labor, the cost to replace a rear tractor window and gasket can be up to $1,000. Ordinary plexiglass can be used to protect tractor cab windows, but it will break and scratch more easily and over time will start to yellow. You can use wire meshes, but they’re difficult to install and remove, they don’t look good, and they’re hard to see through. Tractor Guard protectors have about the same light transmission as ordinary glass. They’re lightweight and it takes only about 2 min. to install or remove them.”
According to Silbernagel, flying rocks are an especially big problem for anyone who operates disc mowers. “Disc mowers are far more likely to throw out rocks and debris than conventional sickle mowers. A rock the size of a pea can do as much damage as a bullet. Some disc mowers come with chains that hang down from the machine or come equipped with a tarp around them, but that won’t stop all the rocks. Shredders and balers also cause a lot of broken windows on tractors.”
According to Silbernagel, Tractor Guard protectors have a high impact resistance that’s more than 200 times that of ordinary glass. “In tests we used a shotgun with shells containing ball bearings and shot at a Tractor Guard cover from 10 yards away. They didn’t break.”
Prices range from $190 to $700, depending on the size and type of window or door. “The cost is generally less than what you’d pay for a replacement window, and you’ll have the security of knowing you won’t be replacing the same window again and will be less likely to get hurt,” says Silbernagel.
“We can custom build Tractor Guards to fit any tractor, skid loader, or heavy construction equipment. Just call and give us the year, make, model and/or dimensions.”
The company also offers a Quad Gard for ATV’s that’s designed to protect the driver from the elements as well as tree branches and shrubs. Prices vary from $300 to $900 depending on the model.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lyle Silbernagel, U.S. Farm Innovations, 10102 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 105, Austin, Texas 78753 (ph 512 423-8443; Lyle@usfarminnovations.com; www.tractorguard.com).
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