/ Why keep roll over bars down? #61
- Oct 30, 2012
- Washington County, NY
- JD 5075E
I keep the one on my Ferris zero turn folded down. I have only one sloped area to mow and I've examined the potential for a turnover to cause injury with it down. I think it's about zero because the half height of it folded down is plenty of room for the operator to avoid being squished and the front of the machine is pretty light.I keep watching videos and lots of people keep the roll bars down. Is there a reason this is done? Maybe simple question, just trying to learn if I am missing some performance gain. Mine are up and have never thought about lowering them.
I had 3 events with tree limbs where I cursed the unknown name of the dude who invented rops. Twice which raised my tractor up, and the last time a branch hooked up on one, stretched out, and then whipped forward and smacked me in the backside of the head. Oh, look at all the pretty stars!I keep mine down because of tree limbs. Limbs can, and will, turn the tractor over sideways and flip it backwards. I have had this happen to me more
I completely agree with you. I feel that most "so-called" safety gadgets cause mo injury than they even dreamed of stopping. The manufacturer of the gadget has become very wealthy and that is the name of the game! (My opinion.)I had 3 events with tree limbs where I cursed the unknown name of the dude who invented rops. Twice which raised my tractor up, and the last time a branch hooked up on one, stretched out, and then whipped forward and smacked me in the backside of the head. Oh, look at all the pretty stars!
So now, I don't keep mine just folded down...I actually flat out unbolted and removed the top of them (I got the foldable type), and just have the sides still up. So why do I still keep the sides on the tractor then, one may ask? Well that's coz I'm concerned if the tractor rolls, it's gonna roll all the way over on it's top, causing more damage to it and being harder to get it rolled back over on the wheels. If it rolls, it's gonna damage the rops because they don't have a cross member tying them at the top, but at least they'll save the tractor from further damage.
As for safety, I do NOT keep these things still on for my personal safety, instead I pretty sure I'll be able to hop off the tractor if it rolls. Whoever believes otherwise (and I heard it all already, thx) that's great. But frankly I don't care what they believe, because I trust my own judgement.
For me it’s tree limbs and a 7’10” shop door. My first and only wheelie on the ROPS Kubota was when new and I was trying to mow a wee bit too close to a large pecan tree. WHEEE! Scared the [email protected] out of me.i keep mine up -- hassle with the trees and some areas i just cannot get in. from what i have seen i takes wrenches to loosen the buts/bolts to rasie and lower is just a pain.
What is the advantage of a mid mount ROPS?
Basically folds all the way down, which is essential to work under trees, like on orchards. Since, most compact tractors here are setup as orchard or vineyard tractors, they have this style of ROPS.What is the advantage of a mid mount ROPS?