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Screens Protect Tractor Cab Windows
Robert Conquest of Halstead, Kansas, recently sent FARM SHOW photos of tractors equipped with the screens he builds to protect tractor cab windows and the tractor operator.
  A few years ago Conquest, a retired AGCO welder, built a screen for his neighbor, Terry Jacob (Vol. 39, No. 4). Jacobs received several calls from farmers across the country about the screens, which he passed on to Conquest, who decided to go into business. He has already made screens for Deere and Massey Ferguson tractors, and is now working on a design for Kubotas.
  The photos show screens he built for a Deere 5110 tractor and for a Deere 7220. Both screens are made from expanded metal and sit above the fenders and behind the cab window (the screen on the 7220 also extends forward to protect the cab’s side windows). The screens will block anything big enough to break the glass while not interfering with the rear view.
   “I custom-build each screen to fit the tractor model,” says Conquest. “The screens are mounted on a framework of 1-in. steel tubing. Brackets mounted to each fender allow the screen to pivot into place or down for cleaning or opening the window. Rubber latches lock down on a hook on each bracket to lock the screen in the upright position.”
  He’s especially proud of how “squeak-free” his screens are. “All the screens I make are mounted on 1-in. thick rubber mounts so there are no distracting rattling or squeaking sounds.”
  He says the owner of the Deere 7220 has a side-mounted, hydraulic-operated mower. “He uses the mower to clear small trees on 10 acres of idle land, and it throws out chunks of wood. The screen bolts in place using existing holes on both sides of the cab,” says Conquest.
  To make the screens he often has to be creative. For example, one time he got a call from a Wyoming rancher who wanted a screen for his Deere 6140. “To get started, I went to a neighbor who had a similar 6130 model and took measurements. Then I called the 6140 owner back to verify and made some adjustments.
   “The rancher said he needed to mow some timothy grass, which he sells to zoos to feed elephants,” says Conquest. “His land is very rocky and since he uses a big New Holland 30-ft. Hydro-Swing mower, flying rocks can be a real problem on both sides of his cab as well as the back. He says it costs about $500 to replace the rear window and $1,500 apiece to replace the radius side windows. So I made a screen that protects both the rear and side windows and shipped it to him.”
  Conquest ships his screens on a 4-ft. long wooden skid. He says the price will vary depending on the customer’s needs, but generally is less than $1,000 including shipping.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Conquest, Bob’s Welding and Design, LLC, 10421 S.W. 72nd St., Halstead, Kansas 67056 (ph 316 772-2908; robert.conquest@gmail.com).

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