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Stirrup Step For Deere Tractors
"I don't know what problems farmers have in other parts of the country, but down here the bottom step on Deere 2955's and 2840's tears up cotton when working a standing crop," says Bruce Gamble, La Feria, Texas, who came up with a pivoting "stirrup step" for his Deere tractor that worked so well he put it on the market.
"Deere 2955's are the most common tractor in this area for spraying and other crop work. A lot of guys take off the bottom step but then you have a heck of a time getting up into the tractor. You end up stepping on the tractor lugs and, if they're slippery, you can have problems."
Gamble removes both the first and second steps and then bolts a mounting bracket to the side of the tractor - using existing bolt holes - that holds both the second step and the pivoting stirrup step. The step pivots on a large bushing that's fitted with a spring and detent ball. Once you're up, you just give it a nudge with your foot and it pulls up horizontally and stays there. To get down, you just kick it down with your foot. The step hangs down 14 in. below the second step.
Gamble has also fitted his stirrup step to a Deere 2840 and notes that the idea may work on other tractors. Sells for $100.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce Gamble, Gamble Machining, Rt. 1, Box 173, La Feria, Texas 78559 (ph 210 797-2169 or 2858).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4