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 03-06-2001, 15:47 Post: 25104
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I just took delivery of my TC40D. I want to thank all of you who took the time to share your thoughts with me. But to the ROPS issue... I was hoping that the 95 inch high ROPS would make it into my 8 foot high garage door. But it just doesn't quite do it. So I took advantage of the folding ROPS, only to find that it doesn't work very well. I got it down ok, but putting it back was impossible. The alignment of the two pieces were nearly close enough to allow it to work. The dealer sent out someone to pound on it... I wonder what that does to the strength of the ROPS? With that repair, I can get it up but the mechanic has suggested that it be returned to the dealer's shop for further work (pounding?). Apparently, the same problem exists on most of the Boomer sitting on the dealer's lot. How have your experiences been? By the way, I have not encountered the low engine temperature note on this board. I'll check to see if the second valve has been installed in the cooling drain system. Dave






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 03-06-2001, 18:22 Post: 25109
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The ROPS on my 29D works great. Be glad you at least have a dealer who sends someone out. The only way my dealer will send someone out is to charge $90.00 an hour starting from the time they leave the shop till they return, plus $1.25 a mile. I live about 50 miles away. They gladly mail me the parts I need & that only takes 2 weeks. I count myself lucky to get that much.






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 03-06-2001, 18:40 Post: 25111
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Donald, sounds like you bought your boomer from the same dealer who used me, I mean I used (Chattanooga?). In january I ordered a safety switch I had to have, she told me it would be here in 3/4 days. After 5 days I called & she was so sorry, she thinks someone told her I didn't need the part anymore???? I told her my tractor was parked, waiting on the part! 8 days later it got here. I've called for other problems & get the impression they could care less.
By the way Dave, my rops works great.






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 03-06-2001, 19:33 Post: 25115
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 Folding ROPS doesn

When I got my TC29, the ROPS was difficult to fold and unfold. This was hard on my already ailing back because I would be in odd positions when lowering and raising it; I have to lower it to get in my shed. I loosened the pivot bolts a little bit and it works fine. Wouldn't take kindly to somebody hammering on my tractor.

By the way, my dealer has been great, Kines Motor Sales in Philippi, WV. Just a small tractor dealer with a Ford auto dealership. Had to pay a little more than what I've seen on this list, but has been worth it. Too bad they're 90 minutes away.

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 03-06-2001, 19:55 Post: 25117
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As far as I'm concerned my TC40D doesn't have foldable ROPS. The pins are so tight I would need to use a Ford tool to get them our. Fortunately my door is high enough that I don't need to fuss with it. I did mention it to the dealer and they said the would drill the holes out a bit but I never bothered to have it done. BTW, My dealer here in Michigan has made two, no charge house calls.






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 03-06-2001, 20:09 Post: 25118
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Thanks to everyone for the comments. I agree, there is no foldable ROPS on my TC40D. I've loosened the bolts. It doesn't help. There is just too much misalignment in the junctions. And the holes for the pins are too small. Even when I get the holes aligned on one side, the pins will not slide in without the help of a hammer. The dealer seems to provide good service. At least as long as it is warranty work, they will stop by or pick up the trailer. But I feel I paid for that, just to have a dealer nearby. Dave






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 03-06-2001, 21:42 Post: 25122
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Dave, I had the same problem on my TC33D when I took delivery. I was able to fix it by loosening all the bolts attaching the ROPS to the tractor, including the pinch bolts at the axle, levering it into better alignment with an 8 foot 2x4, and then torquing all the bolts back to spec while my wife held it straight with the afore mentioned 2x4. No pounding required. Its worked great ever since. -JeffB






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 03-07-2001, 06:38 Post: 25131
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Michigander and all, My brand new tc35d was a little "sticky" but one good push has gotten back up just fine, the hole for the locking opins are a little off but not enough a good tap doesn't help.
One of the first thing I did after getting this ROPS was to intstall the hitch pins with a spring and washer. The pin has a handle on it so getting it out is a breeze. I would recommend this to all folding ROPS users.
I do have a question though, how do most people lower the ROPS? I have to get up on the 3pt arms and steady myself to reach the bar, and I'm 6'3". If it's sticky it's a little more of a challenge.
Jeff's idea does sound like a good thing to try.
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 03-07-2001, 11:58 Post: 25146
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I've not had any trouble with my ROPS, but I have the same dealer problems as Mail Man & Donald. The only way they will help me is if I take it to them. Even then they act like they don't have a clue.
I love my Boomer & wouldn't trade it for anything, but I'd never buy another at the same dealer.
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 03-07-2001, 18:49 Post: 25168
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Gary,
I think your hitch pin idea is a great one. I'm going to try that, if the dealer solves my problem. I'm suggesting Jeff B's 2x4 idea to the dealer... hopefully that will reduce the "pounding" on my ROPS. And in fact, the misalignment that I see is a twisting in the lower part of the ROPS which I suspect no pounding will help. As far as lowering and raising it, I stand on the platform with the seat between my knees. It's a long reach as the ROPS swings back, but each time I do it, I get more comfortable with it. I'm just over six feet tall.

Before this upcoming dealer repair, I can get one pin into place with a hammer. The other pin will not engage under any circumstance. My expectation is that a properly operating ROPS can be raised and lowered, both pins installed, without any tools. Should I have such expectations? Additionally, since I need the folding ROPS to make up just a few inches, I asked the dealer about altering this one, or trying something else. The dealer will do nothing, I suspect for liability protection, but he say he knows a local welder who has done such things. Has anybody altered their ROPS?
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