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Old 10-05-2010, 10:30 PM   post #1 of 18
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Has anyone installed emergency LED strobe lights on their John Deere garden tractor? If so, pictures of where mounted would be welcome.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:38 PM   post #2 of 18
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Has anyone installed emergency LED strobe lights on their John Deere garden tractor? If so, pictures of where mounted would be welcome.
Check out this link.
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=149103
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:38 PM   post #3 of 18
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I built a mount for a high-speed rotating beacon (a Federal Signal Firebeam, model FB3MEF - 55 watt halogen lamp) to keep it above my head so it's visible when I'm plowing snow out in the street, especially when it's dark out. Here are several photos so y'all can see how it's done.

This is the overall view from the rear with the light flashing at the camera.

Notice the wire for the rotating beacon is fastened to the right tube and plugs into a connector in the tool box that I added.

The foam pipe insulation pieces on the vertical tubes are there to keep the seat from rubbing on the tubes when I lean back.




The vertical tubes are made from 1/2" EMT ("thinwall" electrical conduit). The tubes are connected to solid plugs at top and bottom by pins through holes in the tubes and the plugs. The plugs are welded to 3/4" angle stock. The lower angle is bolted to factory-made slots at the rear of the tractor. I used heat-shrink tubing to remove slop where the tubes go through the plastic fittings at the rear of the X500.

The upper angle bar is connected to the tubes in the same way as the bottom, but it has a plate welded on for the light to mount to (with a magnet) and I used small cotter pins for a semi-permanent connection.




This view is with the tubes disconnected and lifted to just above their mounted position so you can see the solid plugs which they connect to.




I added a new "cigarette lighter" socket in the rear of the tool box so that I didn't have to trip over the wire when plugging it in below the steering wheel. I also filed a notch into the edge of the tool box so that the wire has a place to go while the door is fully shut.



Now all I need is some snow to plow!
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:14 PM   post #4 of 18
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It's not a Deere but here's a video of my strobe/light setup on my Case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G-yHf7n4Wg
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:01 PM   post #5 of 18
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I built a mount for a high-speed rotating beacon (a Federal Signal Firebeam, model FB3MEF - 55 watt halogen lamp) to keep it above my head so it's visible when I'm plowing snow out in the street, especially when it's dark out. Here are several photos so y'all can see how it's done.

This is the overall view from the rear with the light flashing at the camera.

Notice the wire for the rotating beacon is fastened to the right tube and plugs into a connector in the tool box that I added.

The foam pipe insulation pieces on the vertical tubes are there to keep the seat from rubbing on the tubes when I lean back.




The vertical tubes are made from 1/2" EMT ("thinwall" electrical conduit). The tubes are connected to solid plugs at top and bottom by pins through holes in the tubes and the plugs. The plugs are welded to 3/4" angle stock. The lower angle is bolted to factory-made slots at the rear of the tractor. I used heat-shrink tubing to remove slop where the tubes go through the plastic fittings at the rear of the X500.

The upper angle bar is connected to the tubes in the same way as the bottom, but it has a plate welded on for the light to mount to (with a magnet) and I used small cotter pins for a semi-permanent connection.




This view is with the tubes disconnected and lifted to just above their mounted position so you can see the solid plugs which they connect to.




I added a new "cigarette lighter" socket in the rear of the tool box so that I didn't have to trip over the wire when plugging it in below the steering wheel. I also filed a notch into the edge of the tool box so that the wire has a place to go while the door is fully shut.



Now all I need is some snow to plow!

Very nice set up.

You should post it here also. http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=149103
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:21 PM   post #6 of 18
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Nice!
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Old 10-10-2010, 11:51 PM   post #7 of 18
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I have a tool caddy on the rear of my tractor that conveniently holds a broom, rake, shovel or any other hand tool I might need while landscaping.

With snow getting closer each day, I started to prepare my equipment and tools for the season. While I donít plow the road, I do plow about 200 feet of driveway and keep the cul-de-sac clear. I wanted to be visible in low light and wanted something simple.

I purchased a battery operated 24 LED flashing beacon.


I mounted this to a 5í length of non-metallic PVC conduit, after I painted it black.


I used a rubber pluming coupler to secure the light to the conduit.


The unit easily slips into the tool caddy when needed. Itís high enough above the operators head to be seen without blinding the operator.




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By The Way Ė Here are the dimensions for the beacon.
And, when I ordered the light, I selected the PVC flange base as an option.


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Old 10-11-2010, 01:13 PM   post #9 of 18
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wow, nice work in both cases!

that tool holder looks like a GREAT idea.

Curious, how do you prevent an inverted rake from spinning and cracking you in the head??

One of those would be a great addition for my summer needs...
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:21 PM   post #10 of 18
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Good idea and a nice job putting it all together.

If you angle the blade all the way can you make it up the steps to plow the deck? It looks narrow for the 54" plow.
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:31 PM   post #11 of 18
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Danco,

That is a very nice set up and it should work on my 325. Can I ask - where did you get the tool holder that you used as the base for your set up?
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Good idea and a nice job putting it all together.

If you angle the blade all the way can you make it up the steps to plow the deck? It looks narrow for the 54" plow.
Currently, itís fitted with a 48Ē plow converted to a scoop. You can see it better in this photo.
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Danco,

That is a very nice set up and it should work on my 325. Can I ask - where did you get the tool holder that you used as the base for your set up?

Follow this link to a previous post.
http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=123793
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:02 AM   post #14 of 18
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What I had on my LT180.
It's an orange LED strobe.
It's held on magnetically.
LED's will either strobe or stay on.
$20.00 range at Lowe's. I think they are even cheaper at Harbor Freight.










Hard to tell in the pic, but it's pretty bright.








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These rear LED lights are catching on
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