If you're shopping around for a tractor canopy this buying guide was
written for you.
We’ll discuss what types are available and what to look for – BEFORE you buy one!
If you have a tractor without a cab enclosure,
aftermarket sunshades are great & inexpensive way to give you
protection from the beating sun. And a little rain protection too. If you're
working around low hanging branches or limbs, a tractor canopy will also give
your head important protection.
And they can be also be
used as a nice platform to mount an antenna, custom lighting, etc.
Tractor canopies are designed to attach to your roll bar or ROPS
with a mounting bracket. And they’re made in aluminum, fiberglass, canvas,
steel or UV protected high-density thermoplastic.
Types of Tractor Canopies & the Pros & Con's of each:
Aluminum is lightweight, so it's easy to lift & install.
Aluminum ones are available in painted, diamond plate or
unpainted versions. I do like the look of aluminum canopies, but the
drawback is that they can dent or scratch fairly easily.
Steel tractor canopies are generally powder coated and are
available in a variety of colors. They are sturdier & heavier than aluminum
models and they are almost always the most expensive. And, like aluminum, they
are prone to dents and scratches. Unfortunately, if you scratch the powder
coated paint finish, they can rust.
A fiberglass tractor canopy is also lightweight and they come in a
wide range of colors. And they are less costly than aluminum or steel, which I
really like. But, you have to be careful with a fiberglass
sunshade because, as you probably know, it can crack or crush really easily.
And the pigment in fiberglass does fade and sometimes the color develops a
ghostly white cast to it.
From what I've seen, the canvas tractor canopies - also known as
buggy tops - are really suited for older/vintage equipment. You'll find canvas
sunshades as two bow, three bow, five bow and umbrellas models too. They
really look sharp on the older tractors and they're made in colors to
match/compliment equipment. Since they are canvas, they can fade or rip
Then there are UV protected high-density thermoplastic
tractor canopies. This is the same material that is used for making those
tough roadside traffic barrels. These sunshades are lightweight and
come in a lot of colors. And the colors on UV protected thermoplastic canopies
are incredibly fade resistant. One of the best things I like
about these is that they are unbreakable.
No cracks, dents or fading. The
bounces back to its original shape. These sunshades never get that tired, beaten up look. And as you
shop around, you'll see that
they are usually much lower priced than aluminum,
steel or fiberglass.
I have a thermoplastic sunshade and I couldn't be
So, I can heartily recommend the Femco Tuff Top as the best
UV protected high-density thermoplastic tractor canopy. And they're entirely
made in the USA, which I think is important!
Femco Tuff Tops fit on any tractor that has a
2 x 2 or 3 x 2 ROPS and they come in a wide selection of colors including John
Deere green, Kubota orange, New Holland blue and more. And they're shipped by UPS.