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    Another Tractor Tool Box Upgrade -- Part 1

    Some of my tractor projects wear me out. I've given this a lot of thought. Part of it is just being older and trying to do too much. But another part is too many trips back to the garage for the tools I need. I really want to get all the tools I use for routine matters stored on the tractor, but the space just hasn't been there. I upgraded the size of my toolbox once already (another post in this subforum), but I quickly ran out of room again. My first toolbox upgrade was also not watertight around the handle, and I found I could not seal it properly. I did not like getting water inside the box.

    So I took some careful measurements and tried to determine what the maximum size of toolbox I could install without interfering with any other functions of the tractor. Then I started trying to find a good toolbox that fit those dimensions. I ended up selecting a box from Ranchex that looked sturdy, reasonably waterproof, and the right size. It was even green. I found it on Amazon. At the time, it was much cheaper on the Ranchex website. Now it's the other way around, with the best deal on Amazon.

    I wondered if the color was JD Ag green. I used the Amazon "ask the community" feature to ask about the color. I got 2 responses. One said the color was exactly JD green. Another response said it was a couple shades off. Now that I have it, I can tell you it is a couple shades off. I'll wait until I ding it up a bit and then paint it to match.

    You wouldn't think it would take long to install a tool box. But I wanted to make sure that there was no interference with the 3-point quick hitch or the backhoe. So, separately, I had to install both of these attachments and check them for clearance. My other installation goals: (1) No blockage of the right console storage compartment. (2) Toolbox opens outward. (3) Lid will stay open while being used. (4) Stay within boundaries of other tractor components so the toolbox doesn't get hit by bushes, trees, etc. when operating close to them.

    I was able to find a mounting position that met these requirements to a high degree.

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    There is no interference with the backhoe's stabilizers or the 3-point quick hitch when fully raised.

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    The console storage area is not compromised. I put a long straight edge against the wheel weight. The corner of the tool box extends only 1/2 inch beyond the outer wheel weight.

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    There's a lot of room inside the tool box, and the lid opens inward such that you have access standing next to the tractor.

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    It holds a lot of tools, and even larger tools.

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    I put a hook (captured by a chain) on the hasp to ensure the box stays shut on rough ground. I keep a padlock inside the box in case I need to leave the tractor unattended outside for awhile.

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    I added a small hook (made of coat hanger wire) on the lower bolt of the right-hand rear lighting assembly to hold the lid open when needed.

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    I keep my proof of insurance (which is required in my state to operate on public roads) in the lid of the box. Because the box is all steel, I just put a super-magnet inside the waterproof pouch with the insurance documents. It stays in place and out of the way.

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    In part 2 of this post, I'll show you what I did with the standard JD toolbox that this upgrade replaced.


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    Quote Originally Posted by keane View Post
    I keep my proof of insurance (which is required in my state to operate on public roads) in the lid of the box. Because the box is all steel, I just put a super-magnet inside the waterproof pouch with the insurance documents. It stays in place and out of the way.




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    Very nice. Has the proof of insurance insurance requirement always been in force here? Or is that something new thanks to a certain bunch of 'rrhoids in the capitol down in Denver? I assume the proof of insurance is via your homeowner's insurance.
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    Same tool box I installed on mine, that was/is Speeco branded...
    Yeah, it's a couple shades off from JD green.
    Nicely done.
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    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
    2004 JD 797 (29hp Kawasaki) Z-Trak, 72" 7-Iron deck, Mulch blades, Carlisle AT101's.
    Stihl: MS250C/18", FS70R, HS45/18".

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    Quote Originally Posted by keane View Post
    I keep my proof of insurance (which is required in my state to operate on public roads) in the lid of the box. Because the box is all steel, I just put a super-magnet inside the waterproof pouch with the insurance documents. It stays in place and out of the way.


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    Excellent idea!
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    Nice Job!
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    Yup - NICE JOB! You definitely put a lot of thought into this - and it's paid off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Very nice. Has the proof of insurance insurance requirement always been in force here? Or is that something new thanks to a certain bunch of 'rrhoids in the capitol down in Denver? I assume the proof of insurance is via your homeowner's insurance.
    It has been a lot of years they have required every motor vehicle that operates on public roads to be insured. There was a long time when you had to sign the back of your registration (under penalty of perjury) that you had the required insurance under effect. I think they've changed that now, but the requirement for insurance is still the same.

    My policy with American Family Insurance is specific to the tractor. It is not part of my homeowner's insurance, although it does link in to my umbrella liability policy. The tractor is insured no matter where it is located (off my property, at the dealer for service, etc.). Homeowner's policies typically only cover something on your property. I wanted to be covered no matter where I was. This coverage is about $90 per year. It does not cover me for commercial work.

    Colorado does not require vehicle registration (which also means a license plate) on "farm tractors". The term "farm tractors" as defined in the statutes means a machine used for operations such as mowing and plowing. It is defined as such to delineate between this type of tractor and the tractors that pull large trailers on the highway. It does not mean you have to do farming or live on a farm to receive this designation. This must not be the case in every state. Every year I receive a letter from American Family telling me that the VIN number for my tractor is not on file with the state motor vehicle department. They assume I have made an error in providing them with the number. In reality, the VIN number is not on file for any farm tractors in the state since there is no registration for them. My insurance agent always says to ignore these letters.
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    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
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    The same paint is $8.49 a can at Tractor Supply Company. The Amazon price is $13.89 currently. Even the John Deere OEM paint is less per can at GFP.
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    54 Snow Blower
    54 Front Blade
    JD I-match
    10P Dump Cart
    Heavy Hitch: Receiver hitch w/rack, 2" receiver 8-Weight Rack, 2" front & rear receivers, synthetic blade
    Ken's BOGH: Grab Hooks/ Clevis Mounts, Oblong Ring Slings, Differential Pedal, backhoe step, etc.
    Everything Attachments: Pine Needle Rake, Aerator
    Bxpanded: Ripper Claw, Trenching Bucket, Quick Change for 260 BH
    Artillian: 3K fork frame & 36" tines
    Miller Tire: R4 tire chains

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    Quote Originally Posted by keane View Post
    The same paint is $8.49 a can at Tractor Supply Company. The Amazon price is $13.89 currently. Even the John Deere OEM paint is less per can at GFP.
    Yes, I should have said "can probably be found cheaper locally". It's only $5 locally for me...

    https://www.farmandfleet.com/product...ray-paint.html
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    [72" KK box blade, 72" KK landscape rake, 72" Titan pine straw rake, 72" Express Steel snow pusher{XP24}, 60" KK tiller, 60" rotary cutter, middle buster, boom pole]
    2004 JD 797 (29hp Kawasaki) Z-Trak, 72" 7-Iron deck, Mulch blades, Carlisle AT101's.
    Stihl: MS250C/18", FS70R, HS45/18".

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