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Mirrors Mounted Outside Skid Loader
“After reading a story in FARM SHOW about installing new rear view mirrors on both sides of a skid loader (Vol. 39, No. 1), I was inspired to try the same idea on my Bobcat 742B. It has really helped my field of vision,” says Russell Reay, Cuttingsville, Vt.
“I already had a pair of convex mirrors inside the cab, but I was frustrated because I couldn’t see my skid loader’s rear wheels.”
He removed the mirrors and bolted each one onto a bracket he made from a length of 1/2-in. dia. steel rod. The bottom 3 in. of each rod is welded to a 3 by 4-in., 1/4-in. thick steel plate, which bolts onto the loader arm with two 3/8-in. bolts.
“The bolts fit into a 1/2-in. hole in a big gusset located just ahead of the loader arm’s hydraulic lift cylinder. I thought that mounting the mirrors on the loader arms might cause them to vibrate, but it hasn’t been a problem at all,” says Reay. “I can’t see a lot of real estate behind me, but I can certainly see if I’m one inch or one foot from disaster. I think mirrors mounted like this should be standard equipment on all skid loaders.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Russell S. Reay, 97 Stewart Lane, Cuttingsville, Vt. 05738 (ph 802 492-3323; russreay@vermontel.net).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #6