The Case of the Tractor Windshield

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Dear Glass Detective,

Kubota offers a tempered glass windshield for 2 of their models that have a maximum speed of 25 mph. The model I have is supposed to go 29 mph and Kubota says that’s too fast for the tempered windshield. Their tempered model is $750 and the laminated model is $1200. Does the additional 4 mph really make the tempered windshield a “bad choice “?




Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding the use of tempered glass as a windshield for a Kubota motorized vehicle. My specific answer is … I would never use any product for a vehicle that was not recommended by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer says a given product does not meet the maximum “potential” use of the vehicle, I would stay away from it. Secondly, The Glass Detective does not like tempered windshields in any type of vehicle and always will recommend the laminated product. Hope this helps and thanks for contacting the Glass Detective!

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By Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management.

Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon.