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 02-10-2007, 02:33 Post: 139690
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 be safe plowing snow

Be safe out there plowing snow, I run not only my headlights on my garden tractor, but also a small amber high intensity strobe lamp on the rear fender. Make sure you dress for it to. Even I start to forget the toes getting numb when I am clearing multipule driveways. Mike






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 02-11-2007, 12:08 Post: 139698
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 be safe plowing snow

Mike, so you've joined the ranks of snow plowers! I just hung up my shovel so to speak and got out of it in SE Michigan and moved to warmer climes. It' 70 today and sunny.

Might I suggest that you mount the amber light as high up as possible---6'-8' above the tractor, even mounting it on some thickwall conduit or water pipe as the higher the better. Mounted low on a fender, a car could be right up on you before they notice. Last I checked a graden tractor makes for a odd-looking hood ornament Smile Short of mounting the light higher, a child's bright orange bicycle flag--or two-- would be prudent too---a waving flag can draw as much or more attention than a light.

A reverse-mounted halogen driving light gets attention too as the inclination from other approaching drivers is that it's a car--which will command attention too if they have a hint of collision. This is handy when backing down driveways and getting attention.

On my plow truck formerly-known as "the plow truck", I have a roof-mounted lightbar, and on the rear of the cap/shell a traffic stick or sequential flashing bar to give notice as soon as possible when backing out of a blind intersection. Every split-second counts.






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