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Old 08-08-2019   #1
Tornado
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Default Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

So my new L2501 is still under 20 hours use. Got it back in May just before I got married so I've not used it a ton since I got it. I've got a huge list of jobs to do when the weather starts to change here in fall. (I'm in north florida) One of those jobs is lots of land clearing. Expanding our backyard, and clearing an area for a new garden spot. The other weekend it was a heavily cloudy day so it was a bit cooler I decided to go ahead and start one one of those jobs and headed out to the woods. Got some good work done - was impressed with how much easier and better looking I could do this sitting in a tractor seat than my old way of manually cutting and piling by hand with a chainsaw. In the process of pushing one of my piles though I pushed into about a 3 inch limb that was sticking out form the pile. I am pushing these piles with a root rake on the FEL, so I couldn't really see that limb protruding as I pushed in. It punctured the front plastic grill on the L2501. It never reached the battery or radiator thankfully, so the damage is just minor cosmetics. It punctured in an like an L patter, so it didn't bust open a full hole - the plastic is flexible so it just punctured then bent, so if you look at the tractor and don't look close you cant tell its actually broken until you press in on it. I don't plan to replace the grill at this time as It was over 100 dollars for the part when I looked, and its just not noticeable.

This incident did get me to thinking however about either buying or having fabricated a better grill guard for the front of the tractor to prevent this form happening again, and potentially reaching the battery or radiator. I've looked online to see if there are any after market options for a grill guard but didn't find anything, most of what I've seen is just individuals fabricating their own solutions, some of them look really nice. I was thinking maybe some expanded metal welded onto the grill guard. I would have to pay someone to do the fabrication as I have no welder personally. I plan to do a lot of land clearing work however, and pushing lots of cut limbs and trees, so I feel like I need to do something. I'm just trying to elicit some ideas or suggestions.
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Old 08-08-2019   #2
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

I made one for my L4240 from some punched metal. I made it from two pieces because it was left-overs from a project, $15 each and some angle iron.

This is held on to the existing guard with two each bolts with a hook on them. It works good.
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Old 08-08-2019   #3
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

Yeah, I made 85 hours on my MX. I got the expanded metal, I just need a bigger welder to fabricate the guard.
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Old 08-08-2019   #4
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

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I made one for my L4240 from some punched metal. I made it from two pieces because it was left-overs from a project, $15 each and some angle iron.

This is held on to the existing guard with two each bolts with a hook on them. It works good.
Thanks for the pictures D2Cat. I love seeing the pictures for ideas. That would be the simplest solution and one I could do myself. I just worry if something like that is not rigid enough? If I push into a pile and a limb lets go and sling shots a little id Like the guard be able to withstand that kind of impact. Im trying to plan for the worst case scenario. It is an L2501 we are talking about so I obviously wont be pushing stuff TOO big, but I do want it to be able to withstand any possible forced impacts without failing. I do like your solution however as that is something I could do myself in a day and not have to take the grill off, take it to someone else, etc etc.
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Old 08-08-2019   #5
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

Go to the fab section here and search 'grill guard'. Tons of posts and pics to get ideas from. If you get something made, post up pics.
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Old 08-08-2019   #6
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

This guy builds a really good one. He also has a video of his build for his newer larger tractor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHxa8L5Uinc

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Old 08-08-2019   #7
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

Need to get yourself some expanded metal welded into your grill guard.
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Old 08-08-2019   #8
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

What may look good is some of those nice chrome plated grill grates like on high end gas grilles. You would have to build a frame though.
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Old 08-09-2019   #9
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

A few more weeks and I'll have my CNC back in action and I'll be doing something custom for mine. Haven't hurt anything yet but I have pushed on the hydraulic lines on the grapple and that got me realizing something needs to be done.
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Old 08-21-2019   #10
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Default Re: Put a tree limb through my grill (brand new L2501)

I did the exact same thing on mine at about 35 hrs.I saw where some guy on this forum put expanded metal on his grill and csad it with (what looks like ) 1in.angle iron.Nice job.Think I'm going to do something similar. Btw,this is my 1st.post and have visited quite a bit looking at information. Good forum.
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