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 06-01-2003, 16:17 Post: 56162
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I was going in and out of the run-in shed removing manure. On the last scoop while backing out, the rear wheels went over a hump of manure and the ROPS hit the I-beam header over the opening. After thanking God that I didn't bring the roof down on myself, I realized that I bent the ROPS forward quite a bit. So much so that the bottom of it will have to be replaced if thats even possible. I feel like such a fool and to many of you admitting this act of carelessness proves that I am. To those of you other novice tractor owners please be mindfull of this. Although it's looks like it might cost me quite a bit to fix,I feel lucky I was not hurt,foolish but lucky. Does anyone out there know what this act of utter foolishness might cost to fix.(bottom of ROPS bent forward on BX22)






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 06-01-2003, 17:37 Post: 56167
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Homedad, I wouldn't do this for just anyone.

Check out picture #1. I didn't break the tractor but I didn't do the garage any favors either.

I did it three separate times before I learned to fold the damn ROPS. I feel your pain.






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 06-01-2003, 17:54 Post: 56170
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Don't feel like your alone when it comes to _______ing up. ;o) Been there done that to the wood deck over my basement garage. My second award in the "Man of Steel" club. I got the rust stains in my drawers to prove it too! Luckily the only damage was a small chip in the floor joist of the wood deck. I have dinged the garage door metal edge 3 times so far with the bucket. In each of these instances I was moving at barely a creep and thought I had eye balls on everything. Then I heard the huge bang of the joinst popping over the ROPS and saw the nick in the garage frame.






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 06-01-2003, 19:09 Post: 56176
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Thanks you guys, Misery loves company. My wife keeps saying, " Stop kicking yourself be glad your not hurt and just get it fixed ". She is a superior women with a much higher tolerance for stupidity than I have. Nevertheless, it must be fixed with this much of a bend it can't be safe anymore.






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 06-01-2003, 19:22 Post: 56177
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If the rop bent that bad hitting wood it really makes you wonder how well they will hold up in an overturn.I've wondered that about my 790. hope I never find out.






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 06-01-2003, 20:04 Post: 56185
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Go to Kubota's web site and navigate to the ROPS program link. They may give you a discounted price on a new ROPS. I did this with my L245 and got a new Kubota ROPS for half the price. Oh, and trust me on this......ROPS are a ROYAL pain in the arse to install. At least it was on the L245.






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 06-01-2003, 20:42 Post: 56192
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Bet you will never again question how much traction and torque that little sucker develops.






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 06-01-2003, 21:54 Post: 56215
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Well Mark, I was in 4wheel drive and getting a little cocky as I was in and out so many times. So when I felt the back going up a little I just goosed the pedal and was out of the shed. Believe me it did't take much. Tiny but mighty, not a good idea to under estimate this tractor. If the ROPS would not have bent I might be in bad shape right now or worse.
When it's fixed I think I'll put some curb feelers on it to warn me when I'm close. You remember those curb feelers that go on cars so that you know when you are close to the curb when parking, so you don't wreck your tire sidewalls.






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 06-01-2003, 22:51 Post: 56219
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homedad5acre -

Oh the tales that we all could tell - you're certainly not alone by any stretch!

As far as the cost to repair, Orange had a program, a safety prgram in place for the ROPS systems a while back. I took advantage of this on one of my older units. I paid about $150 for the entire kit through this program. Outside of the program from orange, the same kit was about $500.

I do not know what this would cost you for your BX22, as this comes through with the ROPS already installed. Check with your orange dealer, then disassemble the existing ROPS from your tractor.(in either event you'll have to remove the old to install the new) Then, take unit to either your dealer, or rather a reputable fab shop to have straightened. Then just reinstall.

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Willie, The angle at which the ROPS sits back when new, it's now bent forward approximately that same angle maybe a bit more. It's nasty and I am concerned that straightening it might soften the metal to the point of uselessness. I am hoping that I can just buy the bottom part below the fold. $500. is going to hurt. Thanks






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