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Trailer-Mounted Bug Deflector
“We would haul our tractors to shows and they’d get covered with bugs,” says Dale Hiatt, Laramie, Wyo., who solved the problem by making a bug deflector for the front of his trailer by bolting together 2 air deflector side panels off a semi truck.
  The two 6-ft. long panels are connected by 4 bolts and suspended about 10 in. off the trailer floor by a steel frame, which pins to the trailer. The bolted-together panels measure 36 in. wide.
  “I use the trailer to haul 2 tractors to local antique tractor shows. In the past, I had to scrub off bugs when I got there. Now they stay clean,” says Hiatt.
  The deflectors are supported by an angle iron frame that’s braced by a pipe to the trailer frame.
  The back side of the deflector is bolted to a 1-in. wide, 1/8-in. thick metal cross arm, which is welded to a 3-in. wide vertical steel bracket. The bracket is also welded onto the trailer frame and has a metal loop on top of it, allowing Hiatt to use a chain on his loader bucket to pick the unit up.
  “There’s minimal wind resistance and I can easily put them on with a front-end loader,” notes Hiatt.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale Hiatt, 3071 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, Wyo. 82070 (ph 307 742-5525; dlhiatt@q.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6