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    Any regulations for an amber strobe on a tractor?

    I realize the answer to this question may be state specific (I live in PA) but does anyone know if there are any restrictions on putting an amber strobe on a tractor? My goal would be more visibility during the day and night when working near the road at the end of my driveway, especially when plowing snow at night. It could also save my bacon when I need to cross the highway to get to the neighbors property as the factory flasher lights aren't very visible from the side.

    In JD's infinite wisdom the 2-series light switch mode choices are limited to flashers only, work lights only or headlights and flashers... work lights plus flashers is not an option. I would like to run the strobe when I have my front/rear work lights on.

    Just curious what the collective wisdom and experience is out there regarding rules and regulations before I plunk down the money for a strobe.
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    Yep, that's gonna be a State level thing. Here in MA you are required to have a perm. mounted yellow flasher on any vehicle that is out plowing snow. I mounted mine off the back of my ROPS.
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    I think the reason for the different modes on the switch is that your not supposed to have the work lights on while operating on roads, and you don't need the flashers when your off road.
    My 4720 has 3 modes....
    1) flashers only (daylight on road)
    2) flashers and headlights (night time on road)
    3) headlights and work lights (night time off road)

    So I think there is some method to JD's madness.
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    I have the same switch choices complaint. In the winter I want ALL the lights on and especially the flashers. I have a slick 2 D-cell magnetic strobe that has several patterns. I stick it on the top of the ROPS. Town plow guy sez he can see it plain the moment he turns the corner 4 lots up. I know he won't see the flashers if I'm doing driveways...

    As far as "legal"...? Either way, "Come and get me, Copper!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    I have the same switch choices complaint. In the winter I want ALL the lights on and especially the flashers. I have a slick 2 D-cell magnetic strobe that has several patterns. I stick it on the top of the ROPS. Town plow guy sez he can see it plain the moment he turns the corner 4 lots up. I know he won't see the flashers if I'm doing driveways...

    As far as "legal"...? Either way, "Come and get me, Copper!"
    Funny guy Harold! You sound like my dad when he was alive.. he hated coppers! When I was a kid I must have followed in his footsteps and to this day I still have my envelope full of speeding and fix-it tickets! Used to try to outrun them, (like you said come and get me), now all they do is pick up the radio and say "he's coming"! I am also more mellow than I was then. Don't care to speed and get along with police now, have a lot for friends. but I still like your attitude! I think I was born on the wrong side of the Mason Dixon line! Would have made a good booze runner! I showed a retired statie my tickets and all he did was laugh and say I knew those troopers back then! he would have given his mother a ticket back then, was in charge of all the state radar assignments.. Keep up the funny comments Hydro!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I realize the answer to this question may be state specific (I live in PA) but does anyone know if there are any restrictions on putting an amber strobe on a tractor? My goal would be more visibility during the day and night when working near the road at the end of my driveway, especially when plowing snow at night. It could also save my bacon when I need to cross the highway to get to the neighbors property as the factory flasher lights aren't very visible from the side.

    In JD's infinite wisdom the 2-series light switch mode choices are limited to flashers only, work lights only or headlights and flashers... work lights plus flashers is not an option. I would like to run the strobe when I have my front/rear work lights on.

    Just curious what the collective wisdom and experience is out there regarding rules and regulations before I plunk down the money for a strobe.
    I don't think anyone can tell you that you can't put one on your tractor and just because you cross the street to do your neighbors property that doesn't count,, you want to put one on for safety, by all means that's your legal right to do so.. Jim stated in Ma you need to have on for driving around plowing that's true, but that's running around on public roads doing commercial work. IN your own yard or across the street, not required. You pop a blue or red light on you need a permit... at least around here you do.. You stick a blue light on and use it , you will be arrested if you do not have a permit.. Yellow/amber.. have at it.. Safety trumps getting your "Bacon" burnt! Believe what Hydro said in his last sentence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Yep, that's gonna be a State level thing. Here in MA you are required to have a perm. mounted yellow flasher on any vehicle that is out plowing snow. I mounted mine off the back of my ROPS.
    In addition to it being a state or even local law requirement I would also say that it's generally dependent on if your operating for profit/commercial use of the equipment vs private use. If used for-profit/commercially most locations are going to require an amber light with 360• view. For private/non-profit use locally I know of no such requirement, but if you want to place one on your own dime for your own protection, amber is the proper color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    In addition to it being a state or even local law requirement I would also say that it's generally dependent on if your operating for profit/commercial use of the equipment vs private use. If used for-profit/commercially most locations are going to require an amber light with 360• view. For private/non-profit use locally I know of no such requirement, but if you want to place one on your own dime for your own protection, amber is the proper color.
    I appreciate everyone's input. I live on a 2-lane rural road with a speed limit of 45 MPH. However, most cars go by like the speed limit is 45 MPH MINIMUM. My driveway is at the top of a gentle rise which means I don't get much warning for approaching traffic. This morning I was at the end of the driveway spreading some stones and cars passing by didn't even let off the gas.

    At least with a beacon, I'll gain a few seconds of visibility.

    Every little bit helps as there is no such thing these days as "too visible".
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    I believe most all larger tractors come this the strobe as standard equipment now days. I could be wrong but all of our new equipment has it.

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    I'm like you live near the top of a grade, ,speed limit 30 most do 55 or faster. I have LED flashing lights on back of tractor, have a LED Strobe ,plus flashing lights of tractor. Don't know if it is legal or not ,but my feeling is if I can save someone from hitting me or my family so be it. Even with the lights on have had some close calls because the other driver either going to fast for road conditions ,not paying attentions or they just don't care...Personal thought they just don't care, my 2 cents.
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