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California
07-19-2007, 11:30 AM
ROPS (Rollover Protective Systems) are currently being made for most of the gray-market Yanmars, and I strongly recommend adding one.

I put one on in 2006. Looking at the instructions I see that Fredericks Equipment (in Hartselle AL, a large gray-market Yanmar importer) contracted an experienced US firm (http://www.800cabline.com/) to build them, perhaps the same firm who provided the ROPS for Yanmar-USA's tractors. The systems are certified OSHA compliant.

Dealers showing an online list of supported models include LMTC (http://www.lmtcompany.com/) in Ohio, and Hoye Tractor (http://www.hoyetractor.com/) in Texas.

This is one example of the extensive modern aftermarket parts support for these 30 year old tractors.

Here (http://www.hoyetractor.com/ROPS%204%20instructions.pdf) is the installation manual for YM2000/YM240, the model I have.

A couple of photos of mine:

Jim Slagle
07-19-2007, 12:26 PM
As part of its safety program (http://www.vafb.com/programs/safety/programs2.htm) the Virginia Farm Bureau offers a $150 incentive to Virginia Farm Bureau members who have a factory-built rollover protective structure (ROPS) and seatbelt installed by an authorized dealer on any tractor originally purchased without a ROPS. Maybe the rops from Fredericks can be purchased through this program. Are you sure they are in Al? I thought they were in Hollywood. :poke:

I don't know about FB programs in other states.

Jim

Mark777
07-19-2007, 01:36 PM
First time I've seen the picture California. Looks well built and plenty stout.

California
07-21-2007, 01:20 PM
Thanks, Mark.

Why do I need a ROPS? Well, the first picture is my last orchard row, where the ravine gets too steep to cultivate.

The second picture is a new vinyard over on the other side. They didn't think it was too steep, they terraced it and planted grapes.

He went out to repair a washout in wet weather and it slumped under him. The tractor didn't go over, but I doubt he will forget that moment.
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Doc
07-22-2007, 09:41 AM
:eek: I bet he had to change his shorts after that! I've been in scarey mud sliding situations, but never that close to a ravine. I do have a lot of hills though and can imgine the pucker feeling you'd get if that were happening.