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    Angry 1025R ROPS Blues.... can you guess where this is going?

    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!
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    When my 1025R came in August the rops was up. When we put it in garage hat day we lowered it to Half staff, after crackin my head 3-4 time I lowered all the way down. I even zip tided it so it would not rattle.Last weekend my son and i set it up for winter and raised it back up and measured it with the door. I figure i need 2" to get in door. If Deere made them to fit the 7ft doors they would get used alot more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    I almost have to laugh at my stupidity.... I TOLD MYSELF...... "Self, do not be an idiot and forget that the ROPS is up." I never listen... not even to myself.
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    I never understood why Deere doesn't make it a priority to see that these tractors fit under a residential garage door, since that's where the majority of them will end up being stored. And it's about as bad when the ROPS is lowered to half-staff, makes it exactly the right height to give you a concussion when you walk into it.
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    I don't know for sure, but I would be surprised if there is not a standard that keeps the operator in a triangle of safety, if you will, in the event of a rollover. The organization used to be ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), but I believe that it is now merged with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    I don't know for sure, but I would be surprised if there is not a standard that keeps the operator in a triangle of safety, if you will, in the event of a rollover. The organization used to be ASAE (American Society of Agricultural Engineers), but I believe that it is now merged with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).

    Maybe if Kennyd sees this, he can help me out.
    I think you are 100% correct Don, here are some pics I've saved over the years (sorry I can't remember who they came from to give credit):


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    One other issue is that if you have a backhoe-you'd hit you head on the ROPS if it was shorter.
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    I'm pretty sure you can take two or three inches off the ROPS and still have no issues with backhoe use.

    I suspect that the height of the ROPS is set by way of establishing a protected zone with the tractor configured in it's simplest form. That is, without a front brush guard. If the front brush guard was standard equipment I'd bet that the ROPS would be a few inches shorter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I think you are 100% correct Don, here are some pics I've saved over the years (sorry I can't remember who they came from to give credit):


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    One other issue is that if you have a backhoe-you'd hit you head on the ROPS if it was shorter.
    Wrong, I'm 5' 11" ,lowered the top section of my ROPS by 6 maybe 8 inches. Have never hit my head on the ROPS
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    They might as well put a cage around the driver. Not as much as the pulling guys but something like a 4 point. Rented a Kabota B21 that had something similar. Also had a built in roof with 4 work lights. That all sat on 4 uprights. Not sure if it will fit under a standard garage door.

    Sorry for twisting everyone's neck. LOL
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