How to Build Tractor Canopies

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A tractor canopy can help make the task of driving a tractor much more pleasant than it would be otherwise. The basic use of a tractor canopy is to protect the driver from the elements, predominantly rain and sun. While canopies are available from farm stores, their price can be prohibitive when you have the materials at home to build your own. A basic canopy can be built using little more than a few scraps of lumber and a bit of canvas.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2x4 lumber
  • Wood saw
  • Bolts and nuts
  • Electric drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Drill bit sized to match the size of the mounting bolts
  • Wood screws
  • Canvas tarp
  • Staple gun
  • Measure the approximate area of the tractor that you would like to cover with the canopy, but be careful to avoid covering the exhaust stack. It is advisable to mount the canopy lower than the exhaust outlet of the tractor.

  • Cut the 2x4 lumber to size to create the upper frame for the canopy as well as the four vertical upright supports. The canopy frame needs to have the shape of a rectangle or a square. Place the lumber on the ground in the shape of the upper canopy frame and secure the pieces together using wood screws.

  • Determine the mounting locations for the four upright support pieces. The rear mounting points should be on the inside of the tractor's fenders, just behind the driver's seat. Install the front upright supports near the rear upright supports and angle them to the front of the frame. The most important factor is to avoid mounting the supports in a way that impedes the entry or exit from the tractor.

  • Secure the upright supports in place on the tractor by bolting them to the inside wheel wells of the tractor. Use the drill to pre-drill two bolt holes for each support to ensure the structure's stability. Run the bolts through the pre-drilled holes and fasten them securely to the tractor with the nuts.

  • Attach the upper canopy frame to the top of the four uprights, using wood screws to secure the pieces together.

  • Lay the tarp over the top of the canopy and use the staple gun to secure it to the wood framework to complete the installation.

References

  • "The Ultimate Guide to Tractors"; Jim Glastonbury;
  • "Ford Farm Tractors"; Randy Leffingwell; 2004
  • "How To Build Almost Anything: Starting With Practically Nothing"; Mike Russell; 1993
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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