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Old 04-03-2021, 04:51 AM
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Default Tractor steps

Tractor boarding steps, for those times when your up and down, on and off the tractor.

2" x 1/4" steel
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:46 AM
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Looks nice and stout.
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:59 AM
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Old 04-03-2021, 10:52 AM
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Nice!

I can recall when I laughed at the old guys putting additional steps on tractors now I'm one of those old guys I'm thinking the AC may get a set of steps when I bring it home this summer. Got to get the hydraulic pump back together first.
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Looks good! Add a few little spots of weld on that first edge to help eliminate sideways slips when the boots are wet or muddy.


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Old 04-04-2021, 08:20 AM
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Looks good! Add a few little spots of weld on that first edge to help eliminate sideways slips when the boots are wet or muddy.


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I was thinking of making some 1/4"deep cuts on the leading edge with a sawzall.
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Old 04-04-2021, 09:17 AM
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Expanded metal grating is the best for a non slip surface.
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Old 04-04-2021, 09:31 AM
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Expanded metal grating is the best for a non slip surface.
I disagree. The best non slip surface is the purpose made stair material. Similar to expanded metal, but slit with a wavy blade. The resulting serrations are on the order of 1/4" pitch and result in a series of points about 1/8" wide. It is designed and used for the working floor on service rigs. Even coated with crude oil, it provides a good grip. The downside is that it acts like a cheese grater on flesh if one might happen to stumble and fall.

Although expanded metal provides a good grip, some has a flash from the slitting operation that does provide grip, but will shred the toughest boot sole much less any flesh that might contact it in a fall.

The stair material is also much stiffer than expanded metal due to the fact that it has much wider ribs tilted at a steeper angle and that it has a roughly 1 1/2" rib bent along the long edge. This material is so stiff that it requires no other support other than a rib across the cut end. The pieces are welded together along the long edge to make working floors 10' wide with no other support required. The material is thick enough that it will support hinges welded directly onto the edges to make 2' wide fold out wings
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Old 04-04-2021, 09:43 AM
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I disagree. The best non slip surface is the purpose made stair material. Similar to expanded metal, but slit with a wavy blade. The resulting serrations are on the order of 1/4" pitch and result in a series of points about 1/8" wide. It is designed and used for the working floor on service rigs. Even coated with crude oil, it provides a good grip. The downside is that it acts like a cheese grater on flesh if one might happen to stumble and fall.

Although expanded metal provides a good grip, some has a flash from the slitting operation that does provide grip, but will shred the toughest boot sole much less any flesh that might contact it in a fall.

The stair material is also much stiffer than expanded metal due to the fact that it has much wider ribs tilted at a steeper angle and that it has a roughly 1 1/2" rib bent along the long edge. This material is so stiff that it requires no other support other than a rib across the cut end. The pieces are welded together along the long edge to make working floors 10' wide with no other support required. The material is thick enough that it will support hinges welded directly onto the edges to make 2' wide fold out wings
I usually just hit the top surface with a grinder to remove the sharp edge, and it is cheaper and more readily available in drops.
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Old 04-04-2021, 10:19 AM
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When I make steps I tack two pieces of flat bar together and drill along the center then separate.
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