Nice Work ! I try not to go into scary situations on my tractor after dark . Jay
A few weeks ago I received a new Lighted TiltMeter Model #25L to try out courtesy of Rick at R&B Manufacturing, the makers of the original TiltMeter.
Fist first impression of it when I opened the box was very positive. It is very well built and looks like it will last forever. The bubble movement is dampened for a true readout unlike what a regular level would do on a tractor bouncing around. The hardware that attaches the meter to the mounting base is stainless steel, but unfortunately the other hardware included is not. Very high quality 3M tape is also included to attach the base-I am using that for now but will drill holes later if needed. The mounting base articulates enough to provide very flexible mounting in any position, and is very sturdy when the bolts are tightened down. Approximately 12" of wire is included for the light hookup-I did however add the heat shrink to about 8" of it to provide a more finished look where you can see them.
Once installed and wired, I was very impressed by how well lit the unit is-it is very easy to read while lit also. Attached are a few pictures. Thanks agian to Rick
Seems to me that image brings up other far more critical safety questions and issues... but to each their own I guess.
If you use your tractor to plow snow as I do...then doing it in the dark is commonplace, it's dark here at 5:00PM.
I just take exception to the notion that lots of folks are out there working unexplored or unknown risky, hilly land long after dark wherein there would be some need/purpose in having a lighted tiltmeter to guide them. It is not the kind of behavior that would win any TBN safety police awards!
Please recognize that I say all this as a dedicated, longtime non-fan (not an opponent, just not a fan) of tiltmeters on tractors in general. In the great and endless debate, I'm firmly on the "no" side.
As most of you figured out by now, I love gadgets. I've added piles of stuff to my tractor, GoldWing and other equipment and I've enjoyed having it on the machines while riding or operating. I call them conveniences that didn't come with the machine. After thinking about the "Tilt Meter" I have come to the conclusion that it's a gimmick or gismo in my personal opinion.
I've operated heavy equipment for many many years and none of it had a tilt meter in any of it. My work on that equipment involved open pit mining and some very rough terrain and never did I feel the need to have an item in the cab that told me I was getting close to tipping over. You'll know when your close to that happening.
I personally feel the meter it's self could possibly cause a tip over because an operator could be concentrating on it more than the terrain he or she is operating on and the next thing you know, your tipped over.
The way I see it is if your starting to fall out of your seat It just might be the right time to seek level ground and you don't need a tilt meter for that. Just my 2 cents worth
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