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 10-07-2002, 23:23 Post: 43523
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I just purchased a new TC45D. I checked out all the compact tractors on the market.the boomer won hands down!
I only have one complaint,the seat is uncomfortable to me!
I do alot of mowing with the TC.after about an hour in the saddle,I start getting uncomfortable. I am a big guy,6'2,275 pounds.my question is,has anyone else had this problem? I think armrest's would help me greatly!has anyone tried to put a bigger seat on a TC? new holland doesn't have optional armrest's do they? I really like my new 45D!
I hope i haven't made a mistake and got to small a tractor for my size! anyone have any advice?
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 10-08-2002, 07:55 Post: 43546
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I just replaced the seat on my 1710 with a factory replacement. The dealer has an entire after-market seat sitting in the parts room when I was there. It had it's own suspension, arm rests etc. I was mildly interested but the parts guy didn't think the seat would be a straight install on my suspension mount so I went with the factory original and now I probably should replace the flip up pin bushings as well. Maybe adapting the complete fancy seat and suspension (which was cheaper than the factory seat alone) would have been a better choice. Anyway, I think there are bunches of generic after-market seats available, and a parts guy probably would know what's required to mount a particular one.






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 10-08-2002, 10:45 Post: 43556
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I have come to the conclusion that the actual physical size of the tractor does not enter into the comfort factor. Mac, you and I are the same size and I am finding myself comfortable operating a BX22!
I still have a JD 4100 that I am trying to sell so I can make some comparisons.
The BX has heavier seat springs that donít bottom out when I sit on it and there is room for me to swivel my whole body around to watch the rear implements without hitting the loader control or the steering wheel with my leg. And my back and thighs are in full contact with the seat.
So I am thinking that the way things are laid out is more important than how large the tractor is. I also find it helps to wear some sort of hearing protection because the noise level creates fatigue.
Figure out what gets sore first and address that. In some cars and trucks I find there is not enough thigh support (the seat bottom is too short) and that makes my hips and knees hurt. In others the seat sits too low so all my weight is resting on my butt and my knees are bent upward too much, and so on. Once you figure out what the deal is you most likely can tilt, raise, lower, pad or change the seat to match your weight and size.
In my old micro mini Winnie motor home the answer was to change shoes. Tennis shoes and boots with thick heels raised my thighs off the seat bottom, wearing moccasins made the difference between hours of agony and driving in relative comfort.






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 10-08-2002, 11:30 Post: 43557
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thanks for the reply's guy's! i have tried different combinations,of seat adjustment and tilt and telescopic adjustment.i just can't get comfortable! i sold my 3020 JD so i could buy the TC45D,the old 3020 was very comfortable to me.but it was just to big a tractor for my needs!the 3020 had armrest's and the seat was wider.i love operating the TC45D,except for the seat factor!the little TC impresses me very much,i hope i can figure out what to do about my problem.i think if the seat pan was a little longer and it had armrest's i would be comfortable.the TC45D is the perfect size tractor for my needs!has anyone out there tried after market armrest's on a TC?
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 10-08-2002, 11:38 Post: 43558
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NH has arm rests that bolt on the back of seat, I made dealer throw them
in on deal so I don't know what the $$ are.






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 10-08-2002, 11:50 Post: 43559
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Based on a little (no pun intended) experience, two points, first, go back to your dealer and try out the seats on several different machines, then either figure out why it's more comfortable than yours, or buy it. The seat from one model to another from the SAME manufacturer are often interchable with little grief involved. Secondly, be very cautious about arm rests, they may interfere with comfortable pivoting in the seat, which could be a real nuisance, if not dangerous in some operations.

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 10-08-2002, 11:56 Post: 43561
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They work fine w/ pivot seat and they fold up out of way.
VERY nice set-up.
The seats on the D series turn 20' left or right
so U don't have to.






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 10-09-2002, 07:23 Post: 43591
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I didn't think it through, but I wondered about arm rests on the AM seat at my dealers. Might have been OK. The rests did fold up but I don't know if the seat swiveled. Now that I think about it, swiveling seems like almost an essential feature for a seat that has arm rests. Between a 3ph blower, a 3ph forklift and watching a box scraper work, I spend a lot of time in my seat turned around and leaning one way or the other. I can see myself flapping around to raise arms rests of getting wedged between them unless the seat swiveled.

I'd have to think about it but I might avoid armrests irrespective of whether a seat swiveled or not. Cripes, I sometimes get hung up going for the clutch of brakes because the bow-knot loops on my bootlaces catch on TX case bolts. Arm rests up or down might be just one more thing for me to get hung up on. I can see myself sort of like Velcro man with parts of me stuck all over the tractor.






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