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Add-On Handle Holds Cab Door Open
Michael Tremel, Earling, Iowa, says the easy-operating handle he installed on the door of his International tractor cab makes getting in and out a lot easier.
"Since wind, rough terrain, mud, front-mount equipment, saddle tanks, and so forth often make entering and exiting cabs difficult, I made a latch which holds the cab door on my 86 series IH tractor open. The handle is small, simple, inexpensive and reliable.
"The latch fastens to the cab door simply by removing the lower hand hole and placing the handle in the opening. Six stove bolts hold it in place. The S-shaped iron door retainer strap, which keeps the door from opening too far, must be slightly altered also. It's simple enough that most farmers could install one themselves. It will fit all models 886 through 1586, the 3288, 3588, 3788 and the latest models 30, 50 and 60series, all of which have mid-mount cabs.
"Once the latch is in place, the door stays securely open. You seat yourself and, with one easy pull of the release lever, the latch trips and the door can be pulled shut. If you wish, the door can remain open while opening a gate, hooking to an implement, or doing any other chore," says Tremel, noting that the door latch doesn't interfere with the chrome door rails many farmers have installed-on their IH cab doors.
"I've used and tested this door latch for many months on my farm and it works great. But I don't have the time or capital to develop it on my own. I'd like to find a manufacturer interested in developing the idea," says Tremel.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Tremel, Rt. 2, Box 34, Earling, Iowa 51530.

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