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Re: Tractor rpms and safty

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03-25-2013 04:49:15

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WITH the propper safety equipment, I don"t have a problem with running some RPM"s. Anyone coming to Harrisburg PA this weekend will see a different variation of pulling from the NATPA stuff - RPM"s will be humming on a bunch of tractors. And most of them SAFELY built on 1/3 the budget of the big cubic inch beasts from the mid-west. I think the stuff from the mid-west has gotten much better than it was about 10-15 years ago, but at one time I was more affraid to walk past a big cube Div IV tractor at idle at the DeKalb pull in Columbus than I was to sit track side of a Pro Farm class. I think a lot has been learned in the last 15 years, and the big cube engines have finally been reinforced to hold up better. But I still have about as much concern with a tractor that is stroked and poked and ground and welded and reinforced to the max as I do about smaller engines with more "meat" still left to hold them together and running some RPM"s. I"ve seen about a dozen "big" engines blow apart and drop pieces onto the track, but I haven"t seen any of the higher RPM engines do it (yet...).

I"m not advocating just cranking them harder without safety measures, but to think that 540 cube Oliver 88 running at 1800 rpms is significantly safer is flawed logic also in my opinion. The parts don"t fly as far, but they still fly.....

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03-26-2013 07:01:44

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 Re: Tractor rpms and safty in reply to mshultz, 03-25-2013 04:49:15  
the problem with your theory, Dave, is that many of the tractors are big cubes AND turn crazy rpms. so thats even worse than one or the other.

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