So, I successfully installed my 47" JD Snowblower assembly today. Thought it would be a good idea to put the ROPS in the upright position and get a good photo of the unit in all it's glory with the snowblower and ballast box on - ready for winter.
You guessed it ..... forgot to lower the ROPS and drove the tractor back into the polebarn to make sure it would fit with all the extended implements attached and 'C-R-E-A-K, G-R-O-A-N, S-C-R-A-P-E.'
I stopped immediately, thinking I was dragging my ballast box on the cement or something, and then saw that I had wedged the ROPS under the aluminum jam facia up above. Thank God I was just creeping into the garage...no structural damage.... just scuffed up and slightly bent the underside of the garage door jam fascia and scraped a teeny amount of black paint off of one corner edge of my ROPS.
Superficial.... but anybody knows me knows I will be thinking about this until I repair it to perfection.... you might as well have broken both my legs. Mr OCD here. Ugh !!!
Is it really necessary for the ROPS to be so friggin' tall?? I notice that the Kubota equivelent is not so tall and from what I hear, it will fit into a standard garage door. Maybe it's a safety thing.... but I bet you 8 out of 10 people keep their ROPS folded in half so they can get into and out of their garage. Damnit!