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Tractor Pulling Discussion Forum

Re: Tractor rpms and safty

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Robert Major

03-24-2013 17:16:27

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Hi you said it right there NATPA this is as far as I can tell, a well respected organisation with very good rules and hopefully liability insurance and stuff for members. What I and a few others are talking about is the small town stuff where there is not much or no safety, and guys are running what they brung unregulated/ un inspected. This is the stuff that gets everybody a bad name under the heading of "Tractor Pulling" when something goes south, in a big brown cloud of smelly stuff, when it hits the fan. Guys like NATPA will have a many page rule book or should have, explaining a lot and saying whats legal and not. If your unit fails any part of a tech or is found cheating you pretty well fix the problem or go home simple as that!. The group I was gonna run a day with until I saw what was going on and decided to stay home, had a 1/2 page of legal sized paper with the rules on!. At the bottom it said "ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK" so basically if you kill half the crowd you as the driver, are on the hook for this when your tractor goes bad, and any legal issues that result from said accident. In the short it means the millions of dollars compensation is coming from "YOUR" pocket not the organisation, if you have no public liability cover your self. This is what a lot of us are concerned about not the genuine proper run pulls and the guys that abide by safety and have good tractors. I will close by saying until I can afford to go through a tractor properly and it has all the safety stuff needed like clutch flywheel and blanket, I will not be pulling as I don"t want to be part of an avoidable Accident and the results. I hope that kinda clears up my and maybe a few other guys problems with what"s going on in our sport right now.
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Got the t-shirt

03-26-2013 16:58:02

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to Robert Major, 03-24-2013 17:16:27  
Guys anytime you take a piece of equipment and modify it in a way to double, triple or quadruple the horsepower you have weakened it dramatically from what it was originally designed to do. If you are turning your puller over 2500 rpm you need a steel flywheel. PERIOD!!! You can buy all of the transmission blankets you want from jegs and hook them together that you want, but they are not designed to stop a chunk of flywheel. Those SFI numbers aren't on there for no reason. If you have a high winder with a cast flywheel in it, you are playing with fire & people's lives.

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03-27-2013 09:19:19

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to Got the t-shirt, 03-26-2013 16:58:02  

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Robert Major

03-26-2013 18:53:57

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to Got the t-shirt, 03-26-2013 16:58:02  
Hi yes this is exactly where Im coming from hopefully The NATPA has this and it"s members backs covered in the rules. You don"t have to convince me it"s a lot of the other guys. I wish I new how to post the full Video of the 1206 International blowing apart at the end of the track on you tube as it shows clearly what happens and how many parts flew!. I think there would be a few surprised people around and it would sort this issue once and for all with pull organisers and tractor owners!. if you or anybody else watches this clip, and know how to post it here in a topic. Can somebody do it or tell me how to do it my self please. I don"t mind if you say I said post it either I"m not out to make friends sticking up for guys that don"t want to be safe, Because they "cant afford it", and cause bad accidents or name for our sport. As is gonna happen when this stuff goes wrong. Thanks if you or somebody can help me with the video clip. Regards Robert

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03-27-2013 00:40:32

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to Robert Major, 03-26-2013 18:53:57  
Hi Is this the video you mean?

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Robert Major

03-28-2013 21:34:43

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to oldtractorfun, 03-27-2013 00:40:32  
Hi That's the one thanks for posting it up. How do you add the link. I would like to start this as A topic so more guys will see this, and then decide whats safe and whats not, instead of some hiding from what they don't want to believe can happen . I feel it needs wide coverage on the forum to help make our sport safe at some pulls.
Thanks again.
Regards Robert

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03-29-2013 14:37:21

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to Robert Major, 03-28-2013 21:34:43  
Hi Your welcome. To post a link when you look just under this reply box that you type in you see "Optional Link URL". When looking at a webpage you see the address at the top of the page like , this is the URL. I just highlight this, copy it then paste it in "Optional Link URL". Then you can just type in a name for Link Title. This might be as clear as mud now but anymore questions ask away or send me an email and I can try to explain it better.

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