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Well the weather is blowing and it is snowing and I finally got a couple of hours (9:45 PM - midnight) to get out in the garage and get started with this installation. Not the best timing but you take what you can get. Sorry, no pics yet.

I will agree with Brett that the installation instructions could be better. They do not do a bad job of describing things but I known a much better technical writer than the one that created this document at/for the Original Cab Company. Then the person at JD that proofed the docs and stamped them JD should be shot for not fixing them.

The worst I have seen so far is that parts on each page of instructions are labeled A, B, C, D. The next page has A, B, C, D and so on and so on. The master parts page labels all parts A, B, C, ...,X, Y, Z. Page 1 part A was the only one to match. Part B crosses to L or something. Oh, the parts do not have labels other than right ones say right. It is time consuming cross refererencing everything when it would have taken no time to do it right when writing the thing or to fix it when proofing it. The photos help some but are fairly poor quality (contrast, brightness, angle, print quality, ...).

Any how I am making progress and hope to get back to it tonight (if the sickies of the house will behave). I might even get to test the snowblower on the 6" of damp snow in the driveway a little later today. The few cab frame parts installed should not be a problem.
 

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Initial assembly was a nightmare... You are correct... the whole Part A, B C thing... Why BOTHER when the parts are NOT labeled!

If the front page didn't have that small exploded diagram I would have given up!
 

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OK guys if you insist. I had no problems with them at all. Not that I use them anymore.:thThumbsU
 

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Yes we insist! They are horrid :)
 

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To each his own I guess:thThumbsU
 

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OK guys if you insist. I had no problems with them at all. Not that I use them anymore.:thThumbsU
It is not that the cab won't get installed or that the instructions will not be helpful but more of an efficiency thing. At work I strive to be efficient and to have the people that work for me be efficient. If you can make instructions clearer or a process more efficient you can save a lot of people a little time many times :fing32: and possibly reduce some frustration too :banghead3.

With little effort and almost no incremental cost the instructions could have been better for a lot of people or at least for me.

Now that I understand the manuals design I'm sure the next few hours of work will be more productive.:trink40:
 

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the next few hours of work
hours of work, wow I never saw one disassembled, is it like a puzzle... sure sounds like it.

can't wait to C it...
 

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hours of work, wow I never saw one disassembled, is it like a puzzle... sure sounds like it.

can't wait to C it...
I'll scan the diagram and post it later. This is my 1st time with it so I'm sure I will never have it completely apart again. I'm thinking I'll just hang it in the garage in one piece. Kind of like this guy 2 towns away has his http://buffalo.craigslist.org/grd/2077808376.html. He originally said it was for a X728. I looked at it and it is not. The mounts and around the fuel fill are wrong.
 

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It's even worse if you've been drinking. DON'T tear off the little stickers labeled right or next year will really be a pain. I colored coded the left ones with yellow paint. I also thought the directions sucked when I put mine together several years back. Looking forward to the pics of it. You might also want to add some foam rubber stripping around the top of the doors. That was where I had some air flow into the cab. Other than that I really liked it. slkpk
 

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Let's put it this way.... A Jigsaw puzzle may be easier to assemble! :)

When you get the cab new, it comes in a box that's maybe 4" deep and I was wondering how in the world an entire cab was in the box... Well the cab's frame work is more akin to an erector set... there are 2 slabs of cardboard with tubes of all shapes and sizes, vacuum shrunk to the card board and the only markings on them is "Right" stickers on the right hand pieces. There are no "Part A" "Part B" markings what-so-ever.



That's what the frame work looks like without the vinyl on it.
 

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it sure looks like a real nice product though!

too bad the documentation sucks. I hate when that happens...

now-a-days documentation is an after-thought.

wow a 4" box... sweet!
 

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The first time putting it together I guess can be frustrating But see when I take it down I leave parts still assembled and I don't follow the instructions I leave the door supprt bar together fig N&B & A&M. I leave J,G & H together, I leave S,T & Y together but leave it loose so it folds. I do then same for U,W & V But again leave it loose so it will fold. For Parts R & Q I run the Bolt from the Bottom to the Top with extra washers on the bottom The Nuts rusted one year on the forward bolt on R had to Grind the head off. With the roof I run the Bolt from the Inside to the Out with the nuts on the outside of the roof . I dont use Parts P & O because I have a Glass Windshield . Oh I also Leave Parts E & F on the tractor year round To me they were the Biggest Pain. another thing when mounting the roof Frame I bolt in on diagonally star in one front conner then Move to the opposite side Back corner It took me about 90minutes today to put it on Because I stopped for a while to check in the forum ealier today. I still have several of the Parts stored in the original Box when I put it away in the spring.:thThumbsU
 

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The first time putting it together I guess can be frustrating But see when I take it down I leave parts still assembled and I don't follow the instructions I leave the door supprt bar together fig N&B & A&M. I leave J,G & H together, I leave S,T & Y together but leave it loose so it folds. I do then same for U,W & V But again leave it loose so it will fold. For Parts R & Q I run the Bolt from the Bottom to the Top with extra washers on the bottom The Nuts rusted one year on the forward bolt on R had to Grind the head off. With the roof I run the Bolt from the Inside to the Out with the nuts on the outside of the roof . I dont use Parts P & O because I have a Glass Windshield . Oh I also Leave Parts E & F on the tractor year round To me they were the Biggest Pain. another thing when mounting the roof Frame I bolt in on diagonally star in one front conner then Move to the opposite side Back corner It took me about 90minutes today to put it on Because I stopped for a while to check in the forum ealier today. I still have several of the Parts stored in the original Box when I put it away in the spring.:thThumbsU
This is all very good information. Thank you!

I made it through having R & Q installed but now learn I should run the bolts the other direction:banghead3. The left side was a bit of a pain. I only got about 1.5 hours in tonight so that is not too bad. All in all it beats the **** out of assembling toys after Christmas (when my daughter was younger).:fing32:

My latest frustration with this is that all of the JD nuts-n-bolts are metric and the cab stuff is standard. Some sizes cross over, some don't. Really my fault for not being as organized as I should but ...:banghead3

I'm guessing that now the under tractor mounts are finished the pace will pick up and I will be able to finish things in another evening or two and get on with some lighting additions.:trink40:
 

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Yes and the great thing it your toy! Not your Kids,
 

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Once you've got it finished and working in it in the snow and cold you will appreciate it. slkpk
 

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These might help you out some. This is my old X585SE. slkpk
They do. Thank you.

When I stopped over to see the Craigslist cab I referenced earlier I had my first chance to see and sit in a SE seat. I wish I had never sat in it as I now feel the need ...

Oh Santa - I'll be good
 
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