Over The Hood (10 Ft. x 9 Ft.) Expanding Deck

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  • The Two-Man Orchard Platform is mounted over top of the Hood of an open-cab Tractor
  • It is preferable that the Tractor have a Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Tractor steering and forward speed can be controlled from the Platform Deck (no one in the driver’s seat) – or – Tractor can be operated as normal from the driver’s seat
  • Deck is 5’-2” above the ground
  • Deck is 7’-0” wide x 9’-0” long when retracted
  • Deck expands manually to 10’-0” wide x 9’-0” long in 6” increments
  • Each of two expanding Deck sections roll on ball bearing Trolleys and are held in place by two pins
  • Deck surface is serrated aluminum bar grating
  • Deck section over Tractor Hood can be raised to allow Tractor Hood to be raised for maintenance
  • A user-friendly, front-mounted ladder provides access to the Deck
  • To provide full height access to the trees adjacent to the edges of the Platform, there are no interfering railings around perimeter of Deck
  • To allow compliance with OSHA fall protection requirements, a Harness Rail Frame is provided for attachment of Fall Protection Body Harnesses
  • Harness Rail Frame is located 6’-10” above the Deck surface
  • The Harness Rail Frame has two parallel rails, one for each man on the Deck
  • The Harness Rail Frame is easily detachable when Tractor-mounted Platform is to be transported on a trailer
  • Tractor steering and forward speed is controlled from the Platform Deck by means of a miniature Joystick connected to the electrical enclosure by an armored cable
  • The Joystick controls a Gearmotor to turn the Tractor steering wheel and controls a Linear Actuator to operate a forward speed lever
  • The Joystick is large enough to be easily operated when wearing thick winter gloves
  • The Joystick is provided with attachment hardware to allow it to be clipped to Body Harness webbing or a belt or a pocket
  • An emergency stop button is provided at waist level above the Deck
  • Fork tubes at the base of the Platform frame allow the entire Platform assembly to be easily lifted from/installed onto the Tractor with a forklift
  • Some of the orchard operations for which the Orchard Platform is useful are: stringing and fastening multiple trellis wires, installing wire tighteners and vertical support wires, fastening trees to the wires, dormant and summer pruning, hand thinning, installing mating disruption dispensers and more