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    Default No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    After years of use and intimate encounters of the worst kind with branches, my work lights needed rehab. I note, as do all of you with FELs, that the tractor's OEM lights must be there for some purpose other than nighttime visibility.

    My requirements, this time around, are to have fore and aft lighting that can duck out of the way, do the job whether the ROPs is up or down, and install using readily available (e.g., Home Depot/Lowes, etc) hardware. Also, front illumination has to shoot over my canopy.

    As the pictures show, the lights are mounted on gate strap hinges, which are attached to the ROPs with Gate-Latch "Closed Bar Holders". I drilled and tapped the Bar-Holders (but you could use washers and nuts) and drilled matching (slightly over-sized) holes in the hinges. The fasteners are all 1/4 - 20 hex-heads and 1/4 "fender washers" (because the holes in the hinges are over-sized to give some adjustment ...and make up for the fact that I'm notoriously bad at measuring).

    The lights are mounted as shown in the farthest (existing) hole of each strap hinge ...I used a taper reamer to get the required fit (if you're not familiar with this shade-tree mechanic's best friend, I recommend one for your toolbox).

    The pics show the variety of configurations possible for the lights (which are symmetric, side to side). There are 3 pairs of lights, then, controllable from 3 switches (which, in fact, are double-throw, so I could get fancier, if/when). I can't imagine using all 6 lights at one time (although I have upgraded to the larger "cab" alternator). Note that, if I want to be in electro-conserve mode, I can run just one pair of ROPs lights, one facing front, the other facing rear.

    And, did I mention that each light is designed to fold away when brushed by a branch. The last pic shows all the lights tucked away for safe travel.

    The discerning among you may have noted that wires are not yet hooked up and there's some excess strap hinge to be cut off ...but that's for tomorrow
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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    What holds the light in position, as in photo 1 and 3?

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcp
    What holds the light in position, as in photo 1 and 3?

    Bruce
    Could you also post some details photos of how you attached the strap hinges w/o drilling into your ROPS?

    I didn't understand your explanation- my fault not yours- I process better by images than text...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhysAssist

    Could you also post some details photos of how you attached the strap hinges w/o drilling into your ROPS?

    I didn't understand your explanation- my fault not yours- I process better by images than text...
    Oh and I forgot to say- it looks great, nice adaptive use of materials....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhysAssist View Post
    Could you also post some details photos of how you attached the strap hinges w/o drilling into your ROPS? I didn't understand your explanation- my fault not yours- I process better by images than text...
    Quote Originally Posted by JoeL4330 View Post
    As the pictures show, the lights are mounted on gate strap hinges, which are attached to the ROPs with Gate-Latch "Closed Bar Holders". I drilled and tapped the Bar-Holders (but you could use washers and nuts) and drilled matching (slightly over-sized) holes in the hinges.
    See " Gate-Latch 'Closed Bar Holders' " example here:
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/National-N235-291-Closed-Bar-Holder/dp/B000BO9NFI]Amazon.com: National #N235-291 ZN Closed Bar Holder: Home Improvement[/ame]

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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    WRooster's link shows the piece that slips over the ROPs...the rest of my explanation may now make sense, no?

    As for what holds the lights in position ...in the ROPs case, side or top, note that the hinges will only fold 270 degrees and I made that work for me.

    In the case of the front lights, they are set down just a tad below the "barrel" of the hinge and the upright member, to which they are attached, stops any forward movement.

    So far, so good, but I am sure others can improve on the design(s).

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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    Clever idea; but without a torsion spring on the hinge pin, I don't see what keeps the lights in place during use, as any vibration is going to move the lights anywhere but where aimed.
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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    hinges are quite stiff, and arranged so each light operating position is slightly "over-center" on hinges that only turn through 270 degrees and are used at the limit of their travel. what else can I say, they seem quite stable.

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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    Thanks for sharing your light pics.

    I see you also have a Tuff Top, I just installed one on my L4200.
    Wondered how you mounted it though, as it doesn't appear you used the ROPS bracket mine came with.
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    Default Re: No-Weld Trick Work Light Brackets

    you're right about the tuftop ...first of all, it is the over-size one, but fits just right as far as I am concerned ...it is mounted on a home-made frame because, I wanted it low enough to fit in my garage (with the ROPs folded down, of course). I had a thread sometime back that shows how I did it and how it just (barely) fits ...I've gotten better at welding, since, but not much better.

    For a poor man's cab I throw on a golf cart cover...the only neat trick, there, is I used super-duper little magnets mounted grommet-like at the key places on the bottom "curtains" to hold them down against the fenders and floor, yet allow me to open it up. (sorry, just took it off, no pics)

    And, since you noted that the tuftop is lower than usual, note that my light scheme on the top of the ROPs might not work for traditional mounting (but the side lights would) ...and, I should add that I am vertically challenged so the loss in headroom is of no concern to me.

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