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Re: Poll/ HP needed to pull in your area?

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On a very glue-like clay track with a conventional old style sled with a gradual weight climb and a 5-6' chain, I see varying amounts of horsepower winning. Usually it is 60-75 horsepower Allis Chalmers winning. A few warm Oliver 77 & 88 come in running in the 85 horsepower and doing very well. I hear these insane horsepower estimates and see results that defy those numbers. I'm not saying it doesn't help, but it's not always the case. A short chain and drop pan sled toughens things up a little. I pull a 48hp tractor in 4500 and 5000 at 3mph. I've taken 1st & 2nd all year till I got on a big pro sled or a very gooey track with some big power 77 Olies. Last year I was able do beat stroker I-H M's with a 98hp UB and 16.9 tires in 5500#. I can't do that on a fancy sled or super short chain.

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09-17-2013 17:37:43

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 Re: Poll/ HP needed to pull in your area? in reply to Mopower, 09-17-2013 10:27:32  
long chains come with poor power tracks,weak sleds and are not fun,40 inch is a standard for most upper Midwest pulls,we have real clay,takes a lot of HP.and front end weight.

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