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1. EP2567852 - Tractor center control console for supporting a steering column assembly

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Claims

1. A tractor center control console for supporting a steering column assembly comprising:

• a one-piece molded plastic pedestal (12);

• a steering column assembly (16) mounted to the one-piece plastic pedestal (12) and supported by the one-piece plastic pedestal (12);

• a removable cowl (26) covering at least part of the one-piece plastic pedestal (12);

• a plurality of electronic components (32, 34, 35, 38, 40) housed in the one-piece plastic pedestal (12) and covered by the removable cowl (26);

• the one-piece plastic pedestal (12) having a pedestal base (22) and a pedestal head (24);

• the cowl (26) being attached to and covering the pedestal head (24).


  2. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by the pedestal head (24) having a plurality of pockets in which the electronic components (32, 34, 35, 38, 40) are mounted.
  3. The tractor center control console according to claim 2, characterized by the cowl (26) being removable without tools to access and expose the electronic components (32, 34, 35, 38, 40) in the pockets.
  4. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by a service panel (94) in the pedestal base (22) that is removable to provide access through the pedestal base (22).
  5. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by a key switch panel (30) removably attached to the pedestal head (24).
  6. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by an instrument panel (28) removably attached to the pedestal head (24).
  7. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by a hood hinge mechanism attached to the pedestal head (22).
  8. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by mounting tracks (60) in the side of the pedestal head (24), wherein the mounting tracks (60) are engagable by T-ports (58) on the cowl (26).
  9. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by a tool box (98) removably attached to the pedestal base (22).
  10. The tractor center control console according to claim 9, characterized in that the tool box (98) is slidably inserted into the pedestal base (22).
  11. The tractor center control console according to claim 1, characterized by a steering valve (72) mounted to the pedestal head (24), wherein the steering valve (72) is accessible or serviceable through an opening (74) in the side of the pedestal head (24).