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Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« on: May 22, 2018, 02:22:48 PM »
My last sawing job was last Monday.  The weather forecast said 90 degrees.  The thermometer where I was said something different, 98 degrees!

It was obvious that I need some sort of shade if I am going to continue sawing during the summer.  I did a quick search for tractor umbrellas and the FEMCO brand umbrella came up.  The reviews were mixed but I figured I could make it work.  It came from the local farm supply box store.

It installed with only one modification - I drilled out the screw hole in the lip of the control console to mount the upper bracket.



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Here is the umbrella installed





This is the mounting tube showing the bolt in the drilled lip of the control console.





These are the mounting rods bolted to existing bolt locations.

The mounting tube was shortened by about 2 1/2 inches to clear the fender.

I tested the mount by running the head forward and backward several times and by running the head to its highest point. So far so good.
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 03:03:39 PM »
Looks good but you may have to take a pipe bender and angle the upper section more toward you.

I know that I could not saw in July & August without my umbrella.
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 08:08:33 PM »
yup, that's nice.....needed that last Saturday!

add another project to my list!!!!!   Thx.
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 09:14:23 PM »
This afternoon the umbrella proved its worth.  It kept my upper body in the shade.  The difference was noticeable.   

I agree, MM, that a slight bend in the tube will help with the shade and the clearance around the lube jug and other parts of the head.  

I might have been able to mount the bracket on the side of the control console but that would have defeated the goal of minimal modification.  
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 09:19:12 PM »
I remember a job a few years ago where the temperature was high 90's and almost as high humidity.  My idea was to saw until noon or so and knock off for the day.  My customer, who was playing off bearer, was desperate for his lumber and wanted to saw all day.

Ok, I sat at the console under the umbrella.  Yes, sat as I carry a three legged bar stool.  At arms length was a big glass of ice tea.  Two PM and that was all he wanted.  I was nice and even let him rest and drink some of my tea. :D



  
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 09:22:42 PM »
An electrician with an EMT bender should be able to add a bit of sweep to it.
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 09:27:10 PM »
I'm sure an electrician or a fab shop can bend it in a couple of minutes.  An old industrial arts teacher with a challenge in front of him can probably bend it in a couple hours!  :D
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 09:36:59 PM »
Yup, the main thing is the dies to keep it from crimping.
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 10:52:35 PM »
I might have to get one of those before I get a seat. Ive already gotten sun burnt twice this year. 
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Re: Shade Umbrella Installed on LT35
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2018, 11:14:47 PM »
I have one and I just drop the pipe down into the top of the mast, use a bungee cord to lash it to the very top of the lift chain and all is good.  I will get a picture of the set up if anyone wants to see it.  
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