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Old 03-14-2020, 10:41 AM
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Default Tractor Canopy

A local hay farmer that I help out quite a bit uses a stack wagon to pick bales up. It has a control panel that mounts on the fender of the tractor and you have to turn around and look over your shoulder to operate it, and you need a good field of view behind you. All of this makes a cab tractor a poor choice.

He has been using an umbrella on an open station massey 1085, but when he is baling straw he has to drive it back and forth from the field to the barn and the umbrella has to be folded up going down the road or the wind will destroy it. So after fighting with it for a long time he had me come over this winter and build a hard top canopy for the tractor.

I made the frame for it out of 2x2x3/16" square tubing. The posts are doubled, and the sides are plated with 2x3/16 flat bar. I could have used bigger tube for the uprights, but I tried to keep my material list to common sizes and whole bars to keep the cost down.

The base is bolted to the rear axle on the tractor using existing brackets/holes that I assume were for weights. It is a mix of 5x5x5/16 and 3x3x3/16 angle that I already had on hand and is attached with 8-5/8" bolts.

The 2 center ribs in the top sit 1/4" higher than the outside edges of the canopy frame so that the sheet metal has a slight crown to it.

The skin on the top is .062 aluminum treadbrite and measures 5ft wide by 76" front to back. I had to special order a 5x10 sheet, but this keeps the weight down and it will never rust out.
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Old 03-14-2020, 10:45 AM
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I had planned to use stainless rivets to attach the treadbrite but he wanted it easily removable in case he decides to put a liner under it or anything like that so I ended up tapping the frame with a dozen 5/16"-18 holes and using stainless bolts.
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Old 03-14-2020, 11:21 AM
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That's a nice job, Matt, the design should beat that umbrella for sure.
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That's a nice job, Matt, the design should beat that umbrella for sure.


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Old 03-14-2020, 05:55 PM
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Once again, nice work.

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That should work very well.
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Old 03-15-2020, 07:39 AM
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Nice job, Matt.

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Old 03-15-2020, 08:07 AM
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:34 AM
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Well, that sure appears to be plenty sturdy... nicely done! Does the neighbor plan to carry hay on top of the canopy, too?
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