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 01-27-2008, 16:46 Post: 150821
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Has anyone come up with a sure fire way to protect their tractor (large) from being stolen?

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 01-27-2008, 17:05 Post: 150822
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There is a saying that goes "locks only keep honest people out"

Goes for tractors too.

About the only worry-free solution is a good insurance policy. On my commercial policy, I have riders that cover equipment. In my area it costs 10% of the value you tell them you want covered--doesn't mea you'll get that if it has depreicated, so check into it throughly before a claim!






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 01-27-2008, 17:13 Post: 150823
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Thanks - I had an MF stolen last year and have several chains and locks on my replacement. This area would seem to be a golden opportunity for a company to develop a product as has been done for the auto market.

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 01-27-2008, 17:30 Post: 150825
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Even marketers like LoJack have a system for alerting theft--but LoJack requires EVERY police department that your machine will or could be in to participate in their program. No participation--no coverage.

The other option is a real-time GPS system that are costly and only lead to the recovery--maybe--of the machine--if the GPS sender is nto found on the machine. But then all it takes is to be in a building or truck that prevents the signal getting out/in.

Years ago I asked my insurer that if I installed a security alarm on my equipment would they give me a better rate. Nope. So screw 'em--if it gets stolen it gets stolen. If I DO install a unit in them all that does is reduce greatly the insurance company's risk AT MY expense.

What I do is just disconnect a hidden fuse or switch to slow the thieves down, that way I'm slowed down in making a claim and ahving higher rates with little or no investment to protect them.






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 01-27-2008, 18:31 Post: 150827
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Thanks - I like the idea of a hidden switch. I will take that route.

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 01-28-2008, 09:20 Post: 150842
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We've had serious problems with break-ins in our area. Also many local dealers have had tractors, snowmobiles and RTVs stolen. I'm making a gadget for myself that doesn't require 120V. It is a 12V battery system with some switches and a truck horn. Once tripped, it has a timer to pre-set how long before it goes off. I plan on making a few of these with different tripping mechanisms for doors, tractors, etc. for my own stuff.

It uses a common battery for trailer brake releases and can be trickle charged with a solar cell.

I'm encasing it inside rectangular tubing, so it is hammer proof. The noise it emits is so loud you need really good earplugs inside earmuffs, so it is important to shut it off before the alarm goes off.

My stuff is all in the country with neighbors close enough that if the alarm goes off, 911 will be called by someone.

It will not be 100% foolproof but will give some of my neighbors a chance to get some target practice in!!






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 01-28-2008, 09:33 Post: 150843
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For drive-away protection maybe a magnetic security switch discretely mounted and wired inline with the starter circuit would help. To start the tractor you'd have to stick the second half of the security switch to the first to make the circuit and allow it to start. You'd need some velcro tape or something similar to hold the two switch halves together.






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 01-28-2008, 10:54 Post: 150848
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KW: The electronic module is messed up om blue--I regularly use just a coin or a nail to jump the starter (yes, with the key inserted, but it doesn't take much to circumvent the elctricals if some one wants it)

Yooper: I spoke to a detective about installing something like you were talking about, and/or security lighting. There are two schools of thought on the matter: If you give the thieves a heads-up of an alarm they are tempted to run and hide--and then see how long it takes to have someone respond, they time it and do it several times until no one comes.

The other thought is no heads-up and have the siren/alarm go to the responders. That way you catch them unaware.






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 01-28-2008, 14:18 Post: 150855
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In my line of work, I can say with out a doubt, nothing is surefire when it comes to prevent theft, that being said, a easy cheap method would be a concealed Kill Switch, especially coupled with an alarm, slow em down and scare them off is the best bet...

short of a secured parking lot and a armed guard with a mean dog and 30-06 that is...






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 01-28-2008, 14:45 Post: 150858
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Around here the thieves don't fiddle with starting stuff or even getting into it for that matter.

The preferred method of leaving with your stuff is a tilt-n-load wrecker or roll off truck.

Platform goes down, winch pulls, truck leaves......

Chains, locks, gates, switches, horns, useless.

A local lost his new skidsteer out of his driveway with the alarm wailing, the next door neighbour volunteered to help the wrecker driver load, and then guided him out of the narrow blind entrance to the driveway and onto the street.

Wrecker driver told him he was picking up the machine to take it to the dealer for repair under warranty because the alarm was broken.........

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