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Grille Guard For Deere 7800 Tractor
The only gripe I have with the Deere 7800 tractor we bought new last year is that the grille is really chintzy. It just doesn't stand up like the older, heavier-built ones I'm used to.
Last fall when we were unloading our combine on-the-go into a grain cart we pull with the tractor, every corn cob thrown out the back that hit the grille seemed to put a big dent in it.
Naturally, I want to keep the tractor looking nice so I came up with the "Grille Guard," a protective cage over the grille to ensure it does. It consists of a three-sided frame constructed out of 1-in. sq. tubing. It's covered with heavy-duty 1-in. sq., 1/4-in thick wire to act as a barrier between the grille and cobs or whatever else gets thrown at it. The cage fits over the front of the grille and wraps around the sides. Two 15-in. long angle iron arms at the bottom of the cage bolt to the tractor's suitcase weight frame.
It could probably be designed to fit any make or model tractor besides the Deere 7000 series. Our denting problems stopped cold, helping to protect our investment. (Randall Moore, 330 Chesapeake Rd., Colchester, Il. 62326; ph 309 776-4110).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #2