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Any one make or buy a cab for an 09 Deere 315 skid?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    the LITTLE skid steer? its an open cab, any kits on the market for a front door?

    I made plexi side panels that fit well 32x32", front door is an oddball shape and bowed angle:realmad:
  2. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Deere makes an all weather cab for this machine that is health and safety compliant. There have been more than a few deaths attributed to home built inclosures on SS machines. All machines must have at least 2 methods of escape at all times. IE: front, back, or top. if your machine has only one way in or out, what do you do if it is blocked?

    True story of a rancher using his Deere SS to clean his barns. While dumping into a liquid manure pit the machine slid in, the engine died and the lift arms blocked the door,his only way out. His son found him when he did not come in for lunch. They say it took an hour for the cab to fill before he drowned.
    This was sent out by the local WCB warning contractors of the hazards of modifing rops equipped machines with permanant inclosures and the all the photo showed was the back end sticking out of the muck.

    I know this is pretty graphic and it probably won't happen to you but are you willing to take on the risk and liability?
  3. guff1972

    guff1972 Junior Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 21

    Deere makes a couple different enclosure's. One of them is a full door and window glass type enclosure and the other is made of vinyl.The vinyl setup is around $400 dollard and if i remember right the other is $1500 or so.It is a much better setup but alot more expensive to. I beleive you can get the whole enclosure with a heater for around $2200.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    What about the back window?

    Whats the difference between an after market door or a homemade door and a factory door?
  5. hitachiman 200

    hitachiman 200 Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Back window is generally installed using a rip cord in the rubber seal. Pull the cord and the window pops out. Same thing on the front door, as the front of the loader frame is a compound curve it is near impossible to fabricate a home built door that has a removable glass section that is cost effective. Plexi is to soft for a wiper and Lexan is not cheap, by the time you build a mold and find a baker that will let you use his oven, then fabricate a frame, install a wiper and washer, how much will you actually save?
    now you need to fabricate and install a heater and duct work to make it all worthwhile.

    If you spent the same amount of time actually working the machine as you would in fabrication how much could you earn? subtract this from the factory installed cost and this is what you pay for a system that comes with a warranty and meets or exceeds the local workers compensation(occupational health and safety) requirements for a rops structure.

    As for the vinyl, work sort of in the summer rain but become brittle and crack in below freezing and the snow tends to stick to them.
  6. guff1972

    guff1972 Junior Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 21

    The complete cab kit with heat from Deere is about $2000.00 and takes about half a day to install.Well worth the money in the winter time.