Looking for a used cb am/fm radio for my tractor

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by team player, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. team player

    team player New Member

    Anyone who is recently retired or has an extra cb radio and am/fm radio combo already put together and would like to sell it please let me know. The one I had is shot and I need another right away, I would like to have one that is in a slip seat box with the am/fm radio with a cd player.
     
  2. rod

    rod retired and happy

    How the heck can you listen to the radio, talk on the CB and text all at the same time?:wink2:
     
  3. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Craigslist?
     
  4. terrymac

    terrymac New Member

    the newer am/fm/cd players now offer mp3 format also, thats about 5 hours of music.
     
  5. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I used to have a CF driver on my area that made a lot of money building boxes and selling them to other drivers. I don't know if EBay would have anything like this, but I would look there. I didn't think these things were that expensive anyway.
     
  6. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    They aren't cheap, you can get an aluminum box at some cb shops for about $100 or so, a decent am/fm cd player is at least a $100+ depending on if it has sattelite or remote control even more, a cb another $125, then depending on whether the box comes with speakers, ($50.), you have to get power cords and a few other odds and ends, labor to assemble, your looking at $500.00 and up depending on how fancy you want to get.
    I"ve put a couple together, it takes about 3 hrs or so to assemble one. Depends on what kind of box you use. Some guys make them out of plastic tool boxes. Some use wood, more time involved in that though.
    Occasionally I have seen them on ebay.
    I've also seen some people just mount a cb and a radio on a board and hook up the wires to the tractor. Most tractors have power and speaker connections, with the exception of the old internationals.
     
  7. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I think it makes a great project to do it yourself! I used an old craftsman plastic toolbox I had lying around. Amazon has rebuilt stereos, I got one with cd player for well under $100. Also got my cb at Amazon, a little over $100. Deducted both on taxes (unreimbursed employee expense). And I've also mounted a Sirius dock to it.

    I use the tractor speakers, and I don't even bother to hook up the tractors FM antenna anymore, I only listen to Sirius.
     
  8. feeder53

    feeder53 ADKtrails

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    feeder53 ADKtrails

  10. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I could be wrong but I bet the IRS would frown on your deduction if you were ever audited. You and I know that a radio/CB/cd player are a great way to maintain your sanity on the road but for some reason I don't believe they would be clasified as a MUST HAVE for business by the IRS.
     
  11. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    Dont you make enough money to go out and buy a new one?
     
  12. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    You need an outboard antenna then.
     
  13. outta hours

    outta hours Active Member

    I know I don't want to be on the road without my CB. Especially in bad weather. It is extremely helpful in those type conditions. You can find out what you have ahead of you from the trucks coming from the opposite direction. Emergency channel is always available, even when cell phone reception is not.

    Mine is always on, not always up loud as I am usually listening to XM also. But it is there if and when I need it.
     
  14. Bryishre

    Bryishre ktm atv racer

    +1
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Over, remind me not to have you do my taxes for me.:wink2:
     
  16. terrymac

    terrymac New Member

    It dosent matter what you write down on your taxes, until you get audited.........
     
  17. rushfan

    rushfan Well-Known Member

    I made a box out of scraps I found one day at a trailer manufacturing facility. (I'm cheap and didn't want to pay for a 4X8 sheet of 3/8 plywood). The box was a bit too bulky to put on the dash, and putting it in the passenger seat took too much room. Also it was in the way when I attempted to take my lunch. Lunch is a nap during night runs.

    I finally just took the bottom of the box, it's about a 5X12 inch piece of plywood, and mounted the c.b. and cd player to it. It doesn't look pretty, but it works.

    One more item of interest. When radios/power sources were taken from package cars, I got some choice comments from the package brethren how unfair it is that I can have a radio, and they can't.
     
  18. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    It`s how you write it down. Instead of radio,it`s an emergency communication device. thats how the government gets away with paying 1 million for an am.fm radio.
     
  19. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I think it's 7 years back that they can go? I only have 5 more years to worry!!!!
     
  20. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah......that's the ticket.....emergency communication device!