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Exhaust-Mounted Tractor Mirror
By adding a 6-in. dia. concave mirror onto the vertical exhaust stack on his tractor, Donald Settle says he has a better view of highway traffic behind him. He uses the idea on his cab-less 1983 Deere 2640.
  He set the mirror inside a 4-in. length of perforated angle iron, then used 2 clamps to attach the mirror to the top part of the exhaust pipe.
  “The mirror is located at eye level and directly in front of me, so with a quick glance at the mirror I can survey a large area,” says Settle. “I came up with the idea because I have to drive on the highway quite often to move from field to field. As I get older it’s much more difficult to turn around to see the traffic behind me, and anyway turning around isn’t a safe thing to do. Slow moving vehicle signs help, but the more I’m aware of what’s going on behind me the safer I’ll be.
  “Tractors without a cab have few places to mount a mirror. The only other place I could mount a mirror on this tractor would be on the fenders, but the single concave mirror sets higher making it easier to see. It also provides me with a wider view of things than flat mirrors would.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald Settle, 4570 N. County Rd. 1000 E., Hope, Ind. 47246 (ph 812 546-4934).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1