/ Why keep roll over bars down? #51
- Feb 21, 2016
- Nevada City, CA
- Mahindra 1538TLB
We find that different manufacturers interpret the regs differently. On average, it seems the Japanese built Mahindra tractors have shorter ROPS relative to similar size Korean built Mahindra tractors. Not sure if that holds true across the board.
We know of a handful of rolled tractors, not including the fatal I mentioned above. On a late model tractor with a loader and ROPS, a side roll often happens when an operator has the bucket loaded and up in the air too high and is on a bit of a side hill and then turns. On the rolls with which I am familiar, they have all gone just 90 degrees. The ROPS and the loader arresting the roll at that point.
Makes sense and is why I'm uber careful on my mostly sloping property. I still haven't taken the tractor on much of it. I'm too ah skeered if it's steep but I'm working up to it gradually. Straight up and down is not much of a problem, some of it requiring 4WD to climb, but that side hill stuff still pegs my pucker factor meter. I always keep the loader low whether it's loaded or not. Lower CG is always better. I wish there were a way to widen the track width but I think spacers would void some warranty. I know wheel spacers aren't good for wheel bearings and axle shafts.