So, the wife and I recently bought (earlier this summer) a brand new 1025R with 60" mid mower, H120 FEL, and the 54" front mount snowblower.
We've been using it for a few months and love it. One problem we have is with the ROP bars extended the tractor doesn't fit into the shed door. Not really a big deal since you only need the ROP bars for the most part when using the FEL but near our septic we do have a steep incline so we tend to use the ROP bars and seat belt when mowing that area.
I knew it might happen someday. I forgot the ROP bars up while entering the shed. I was tired, it had been a long day starting at 7 AM of digging a trench, laying conduit from house to shed, fishing the 6 gauge wire (not fun), and finally backfilling. I FORGOT the ROPS! Luckily when the ROP and shed collided I knew exactly what had happened and reversed. I was in high gear but low RPM's with FEL attached and not much clearance with FEL with doors so luckily going slow and no damage to shed or tractor.
Anyway, anybody in a similar situation? If so, have you come up with a solution like an alert system?
I looked at the "off the shelf" garage parking solutions but nothing seemed to fit.
I than considered using a microcontroller / arduino that I would strap to the ROP bars with a proximity sensor (ultrasonic) and maybe a loud buzzer but the only ones up to the task (weather proof -- car bumper type ultrasound) are $100 / piece. A little to expensive for an expirement.
Has anybody tackled a similar problem? Any ideas I haven't thought of? Any feedback is appreciated!