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$300 Deere Gator Cab
“I priced a new cab for my Deere 4 by 6 Gator and they wanted almost $4,000, which I thought was way too much money,” says Illinois handyman Robert John. “I built a cab myself for less than $300. It turned out real nice.”
    John started his project by building a wood frame that attaches to the roll cage. He used 1/2-in. plywood for the doors, window frames and rear panel. Each door bolts to the rear of the frame with box hinges. The doors close securely with spring-loaded latches. Each door has a sliding window made out of 1/8-in. Lexan plastic.
    The windshield is supported by a center divider that mounts to the roll cage on top and to the Gator’s hood at the base. The lower part of the windshield contains two 8-in. high sliding windows to let cool air in. The cab’s roof is a commercial model made from heavy duty ABS plastic. John mounted a strobe safety light on it.
    A small 8-in. fan that plugs into a cigarette lighter hangs from the cab’s ceiling. A propane tank heater on the floor provides a small amount of heat inside the cab in cold weather. The cab also has homemade plywood cup holders.
    “It’s not as pretty as a store-bought cab, but it works and I saved a lot of money,” says John. “I didn’t draw up any plans but instead just figured it out as I went along. I didn’t have to drill any holes in the Gator at all. I used 2 by 4’s to build the cab’s frame but ripped them down to a 3/4 by 1 1/2 size to make the frame, doubling it up in some places to make it stronger. I didn’t use full 2 by 4’s because there wasn’t enough room and it would have looked too clunky.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert John, 6500 White Oaks Club Rd., Freeburg, Ill. 62243 (ph 618 539-3269; rjjohn@att.net)

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5