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Towrope Shield For Tractors
North Dakota farmer Robert Green, of St. Thomas, made a heavy, protective metal shield to help protect against flying metal if something should snap while pulling another implement with a nylon towrope.
Green, whose safety idea was entered in the recent "Sugar Beet Growers Idea Contest," made the shield from a 4 by 8 ft. sheet of heavy expanded metal and angle iron framing. The shield mounts on the 3 pt. of his 48-30 Deere tractor and is used when pulling with a nylon rope.
Green painted the shield black to make it easier for the operator to see through it. The widest part of the mesh has openings that run horizontally, which also aids driver vision.
Green notes that, fortunately, he's never had the shield "tested" by a mishap but feels it reduces the risk of possible injury to the driver if a hook or clevis on the far end of the nylon rope should break and "slingshot" back towards the pulling tractor.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5