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    Default Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Just finished building my tractor canopy yesterday. I wasn't about to pay >$500 for a piece of fiberglass.

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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Looks great and yeah, I need to build one myself. Sure is nice to keep out of the sun.
    Any lights?
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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Good Job! Looks great.
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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Looking Good! I can't believe the prices of canopies either.
    The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work..........

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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Looks good and it well get the job done. In the summer time I can't believe the differents in temp they make.

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    Thanks for the comments! Yes, I added both front & rear lights, just didn't realize no pics yet. I'll take a few more pics & post later.
    Kioti DK45SE HST w/ backhoe, forks, PHD, box blade, chipper. Living off-grid, Listeroid 6/1 backup, masonry stove, thermal mass H2O storage
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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    I like it. Could you provide a few details on the materials used?

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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Good Evenin schweizer,
    Simple and functional, I like it ! Great idea using the loader frame a couple of holes, and threading the ends of the rod.

    Nothing like staying out of the sun on those hot days !!!
    scotty

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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Sure, KennyG: it's all just material I had lying around.

    Roof of 1/2" plywood, doubled up in the stressed areas or where there would be multiple screws for lights, etc.
    Border of 1" x 1 1/2" ceder.
    3" U-bolts, 2x4"s under and above distribute the stresses.
    Everything glued and screwed w/ polyurethane glue (Gorilla glue).
    Painted with 2 coats of rubberized RV roof coating/primer.
    Top coat of dark grey Rustoleum spray paint.

    Without the front supports, it would have worked fine, but it vibrated a bit.
    I had some 1/2" threaded rod which fits perfectly inside EMT conduit, and I don't have an EMT bender so the 1/2" is easier to bend.
    The holes in the loader frame were pre-drilled. I just bent some long bolts into 90 deg angles. The bolt heads fit quite snugly into the EMT with minimal grinding of the heads with an angle grinder. I was planning on securing them with J-B weld but didn't have to.

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    Default Re: Just another DIY tractor canopy

    Quote Originally Posted by scott_vt View Post
    Good Evenin schweizer,
    Simple and functional, I like it ! Great idea using the loader frame a couple of holes, and threading the ends of the rod.

    Nothing like staying out of the sun on those hot days !!!

    That's a nice canopy, but what happens when you want to remove the loader??? Seems kind of problematic since the front of the canopy will have no support, if the loader was removed.

    I bought a golf cart canopy last fall and plan to adapt it on my JD 790 before summertime gets here. Still working out the design the frame for it.
    Nothing could be finer than riding my JD790 in South Carolina!!

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